04 December 2020
Valve has announced PlayStation 5's DualSense controller support for Steam games. It will be compatible with all the games that make use of Steam Input API. The number of supported titles is likely to be big but most importantly, the feature is currently available only in beta. It will be expanded to everyone once the team is satisfied with the beta testing results.
DualSense is the newest controller that Sony debuted with the PlayStation 5. It is a next-gen controller and successor to the DualShock 4 that arrived with the PlayStation 4. This new controller is packed with a number of features including Adaptive Triggers that offer different sensations and experiences depending on the game.
The official announcement mentions that the DualSense controller's LED, trackpad, rumble, and gyro features will work with Steam games. It does not say anything about support for Adaptive Triggers but it is safe to say that those will not work for at least for the time being. If the team adds support for the feature, we will let you know.
The good thing is that developers will not have to do anything extra other than enabling the API support. All games which are already compatible with API will start working with the DualSense controller straight away. Valve has also noted that the number of PC gamers using controllers has increased significantly. The number has almost doubled in the last two years and if we talk only about games that are controller-friendly, the number is at least 60%.