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As promised by Valve at SteamDevDays, Steam now has native support the for the PS4 Dual Shock Controller, giving it the config ability like Steam Controllers have.

Valve note this feature is obviously in Beta, so it may have a few issues here and there.

They also added in a new control mode "Joystick Mouse", which is aimed at "stick based controllers".

There was also a nice Linux-specific fix:
QuoteFixed issues when installing games into filesystems such as ZFS which report an abnormally large sector size


Another major feature is Valve state they have improved downloading and patching speeds for normal non-SSD hard drives. That's a pretty welcome feature for sure.

See the full update notes here.

That's a pretty damn nice client update, if I do say so myself! Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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ElectricPrism 1 November 2016 at 9:23 am UTC
Excellent news, Dual Shock 4 is a excellent controller for most genres of games. Also, no more ds4drv which should be nice.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 1 November 2016 at 9:30 am UTC
I bought a DS4 2 weeks ago - I could config it from the very beginning. The only thing I do miss is a proper DS4 picture for the configuration instead of the default Steam Controller picture.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 1 November 2016 at 10:13 am UTC
ElectricPrismAlso, no more ds4drv which should be nice.
Ah this is the difference! So steam does detect it independently from the kernel, HID devices and ds4drv?
Tak 1 November 2016 at 10:31 am UTC
Good to see the announcement followed so quickly by action - hopefully we'll get other controllers in quick succession.
rea987 1 November 2016 at 11:51 am UTC
Well, if I recall correctly it is still not a XInput device which would be potentially problematic with some games. Microsoft recently released Xbox One S controller which support Bluetooth and XInput. Eventhough personally I prefer traditional DualShock design, I desire no config hurdles. So, next time I will get a new controller I am likely to go for Xbox One S controller.
wojtek88 1 November 2016 at 11:53 am UTC
cRaZy-bisCuiT
ElectricPrismAlso, no more ds4drv which should be nice.
Ah this is the difference! So steam does detect it independently from the kernel, HID devices and ds4drv?
+1 to @cRaZy-bisCuiT question - how do you connect by bluetooth to Steam directly? I try to do it but it does not work for me.
loggfreak 1 November 2016 at 12:46 pm UTC
can you map the ds4 to xinput with the steam beta? it would save me a lot of trouble getting it to work on modern games... i might buy one if you can, otherwise i'm probably getting an xbox controller instead
MaxPower 1 November 2016 at 1:21 pm UTC
loggfreakcan you map the ds4 to xinput with the steam beta? it would save me a lot of trouble getting it to work on modern games... i might buy one if you can, otherwise i'm probably getting an xbox controller instead

As assume you can, is it not how the steam controller work when you use it with a gamepad configuration ?

I thinking to get one as well. My wife does not like the Steam Controller (she say it is weird but did not give it a chance) and I have some trouble with the Steam controller on the last 2 (Halloween sale) games I bought:

* Firewatch: mouse not working when loading from a save, I can use the SC as a dual stick gamepad but I hate doing that
* Mad Max: Can not use the mouse for the camera while moving using the stick. Again I would have to use the right track pad as a stick

Both of those issues are bug in the games no the Steam Controller.

Anyway, I heard a new version of the DS4 (2.0?) is out, which one should I get? Are they both working? What are the difference?

Edit: Additional question.
Can I charge the DS4 using a power bank or wall adapter and still be playing ? (I could not with the DS3)


Last edited by MaxPower at 1 November 2016 at 1:28 pm UTC
cRaZy-bisCuiT 1 November 2016 at 1:53 pm UTC
You can just either use bluetoohtctl or blueman (frontend for bluetoothctl) to pair your devise and configure it with steam. Voila!
leillo1975 1 November 2016 at 2:18 pm UTC
Very Good news, but I don't have DS4 controllers. I would like that Valve do the same with DS3 (unwired). I've got 2 DS3 and I would like use It again. DS3 controllers is very confortable to me, specially to Play Racing games.
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