No more third-party apps.
Valve has just announced that the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller will be receiving better support with the Steam client fairly soon. While players can already use third-party apps like DS4 Windows to connect the controller and make it work with Steam games, Valve aims to improve existing support for the controller.
‘Believe it or not, when you use the PS4 Controller through the Steam API, it’s exactly the same as a Steam Controller. You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything.
Now, why start with the PS4 controller? Well, not only is it a really nice, high quality controller, but it’s also got a gyro and a touchpad, so it’s got a lot of overlapping functionality with the Steam Controller. Also, existing native support for the PS4 controller on the PC is a bit weak; in this case Steam itself is communicating directly with the device so everything that’s nice and reliable.’
The company also revealed that support for other controllers will be coming up as well, but they’re not ready to go into detail just yet.