Tuesday, November 24th 2020

Steam Input API Adds PS5 Controller Support

Thanks to our most recent Steam client update, all games currently using the Steam Input API are now fully compatible with the new PS5 controller - with no developer updates required, it just works.

Full support for the LED, trackpad, rumble and gyro features are available for players to configure in games such as Death Stranding, No Man's Sky, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more. This support is now available for players opted into the public beta Steam desktop client with platform wide support targeted to ship after further testing.
What is Steam Input API?

In short, Steam Input API offer gamers a significantly enhanced experience with a limited developer investment. These include:
  • Seamless player experience with correct glyphs for all devices, including any remapping.
  • Support for advanced features such as motion controls, trackpads, additional buttons.
  • Updates just work. Without any additional work required of the developer, when new features and/or devices are added to the API, they will "just work" with these titles.
The PS5 controller joins over 200 input devices supported by the API, including PS4 controller, Switch Pro controller, fight sticks, race wheels, dance pads, and just about any other controller imaginable.

Do people really play PC games with controllers?

In the past two years, the number of daily average users playing a Steam game with a controller has more than doubled, with millions enjoying the growing catalog of controller-friendly titles everyday. In controller friendly games, the percentage of players for that game that use a controller can easily be 60% or higher. Some games, such as skateboarding games, have well over 90% of their players using controllers in game. The growth in controller usage has been even higher among players using PlayStation controllers, which has grown in the past two years from 10.9% of controller play sessions to 21.6% of all controller sessions across Steam.
Source: Steam
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11 Comments on Steam Input API Adds PS5 Controller Support

#1
ZoneDymo
I really wish that Sony would update the PS3 to be able to use PS4 and PS5 controllers
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Mindweaver
Moderato®™
I never use a controller for pc games unless it's racing, flying, or fighting (street fighter type games). This great news because I've heard a lot of good things about the PS5 controllers.
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Ravenas
Mindweaver
I never use a controller for pc games unless it's racing, flying, or fighting (street fighter type games). This great news because I've heard a lot of good things about the PS5 controllers.
I'm using a controller quite frequently. Why? Because I use Steam Link quite frequently.
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Mindweaver
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Ravenas
I'm using a controller quite frequently. Why? Because I use Steam Link quite frequently.
Steam controller? I bought a Link box when they were on sale last Christmas for 2.50. I rarely ever use it. It's actually in a draw right now not being used. I need to break it out.
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#5
kiddonie
ZoneDymo
I really wish that Sony would update the PS3 to be able to use PS4 and PS5 controllers
You can use PS4 controller on PS3 you just need to connect it with cable it doesn't work over Bluetooth.
I am right now replaying Resistance Fall of Man on my PS3 with my PS4 controller.
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tomc100
Mindweaver
I never use a controller for pc games unless it's racing, flying, or fighting (street fighter type games). This great news because I've heard a lot of good things about the PS5 controllers.
I use controllers for the same thing. Most pc gamers do. Although, I'm trying to train myself to play first person shooters with a controller now so I can sit back on the couch and play and let me just say, it is ridiculously difficult. It takes a full 5-10 seconds to aim without assist. They should design a head tracking device to aim if you're going to use a controller instead of a mouse. I have no idea how people can aim with a controller to be competitive. It is slow, cumbersome, and completely inaccurate.
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Mindweaver
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tomc100
I use controllers for the same thing. Most pc gamers do. Although, I'm trying to train myself to play first person shooters with a controller now so I can sit back on the couch and play and let me just say, it is ridiculously difficult. It takes a full 5-10 seconds to aim without assist. They should design a head tracking device to aim if you're going to use a controller instead of a mouse. I have no idea how people can aim with a controller to be competitive. It is slow, cumbersome, and completely inaccurate.
Yes lol, I can't game fps on a controller for anything! haha I'm either looking at the sky or the ground.. lol
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#9
Cheeseball
Not a Potato
tomc100
I use controllers for the same thing. Most pc gamers do. Although, I'm trying to train myself to play first person shooters with a controller now so I can sit back on the couch and play and let me just say, it is ridiculously difficult. It takes a full 5-10 seconds to aim without assist. They should design a head tracking device to aim if you're going to use a controller instead of a mouse. I have no idea how people can aim with a controller to be competitive. It is slow, cumbersome, and completely inaccurate.
If this is for any of the Call of Duty games, you just need to optimize your joystick dead zones, aim response curve type and use an aggressive aim assist option to remain competitive with KBM players. I believe the same can be done for Apex Legends.
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Ravenas
Mindweaver
Steam controller? I bought a Link box when they were on sale last Christmas for 2.50. I rarely ever use it. It's actually in a draw right now not being used. I need to break it out.
Yes I have a steam controller. However, I am using other controllers. You don't necessarily need a Steam Link to play. Steam Link is now an app that is available on Android and iOS, including all Samsung TVs.
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#11
Mindweaver
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Ravenas
Yes I have a steam controller. However, I am using other controllers. You don't necessarily need a Steam Link to play. Steam Link is now an app that is available on Android and iOS, including all Samsung TVs.
Yeah, have the app as well, but like the link box better since I have the hardware. It's to bad they canned the hardware. I'd like to have both options with on option being official hardware.
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