Xbox controllers have been around for a long time, now gamepads from PS4 and PS5 can be used.
The Steam digital store support team has announced the release of an update that adds full support for DualShock and DualSense controllers for PlayStation. The site has long been organized to search for games that support Xbox gaming devices, and now this extends to PlayStation controllers of the last two generations.
These changes will allow for better sorting and filtering of sections of the Steam Store, as well as clear compatibility information on individual product pages and determine whether games in a user’s library work well with a particular controller.
By default, Steam sets the filter based on the controller the player has recently used, but the list can now be manually filtered by any of the major controller models.
Players will also now be able to find more details on support for three controller models with a significant player base on every page in the store: Xbox, DualSense and DualShock. Valve has added a category for games that take full advantage of the Steam Input API, which allows over 200 devices to play the game well.
When viewing your Steam library, a player will find more information about controller support. If Steam has information that he has previously used a specific controller, then he will be shown data about its compatibility with the game. Valve also added a notice that the game requires a controller.
The library now includes additional filters to make it easier to find games that work well with DualShock and DualSense controllers. This also means that the player will be able to create a collection that automatically collects these games in one place. And the game launcher always has a controller settings button, conveniently located next to the game settings and information buttons. Valve also reminds you that all of these changes are duplicated in Big Picture mode.
To top it all off, Valve published some interesting statistics on controller usage over the past year.
Last year, gamepads were used in more than three billion gaming sessions:
60% – Xbox controller; 27% – controllers for PlayStation; the remaining 13% is shared between the Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch Pro and hundreds of other controllers.
Four years ago, during the same period (until November 2019), there were 990 million gaming sessions with controllers:
76% – Xbox controllers; 19% – controllers for PlayStation.
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Over these four years, the number of sessions with PlayStation controllers has quadrupled.