Steam Adds Support for DualShock & DualSense Controllers

Now you have the option to search for games that support your PlayStation controller.

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Gamers who prefer using PlayStation gamepads can now easily discover games with official support. A recent client update has been introduced to the Steam client and store, offering DualShock and DualSense controllers to have the same filters, search options, and compatibility results as Xbox controllers. 

When exploring the Controller-Friendly section of the Steam Store, players will now discover new filters to easily sort through games that support Xbox, DualShock, DualSense, or any type of gamepad. Search results on Steam now provide controller-specific options to refine the displayed content. Additionally, game store pages indicate whether they offer full or partial controller support for any of the three popular controllers, including the Steam Input API. The system even takes note of users' recently used controllers to deliver personalized results.

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The company explained its decision by the recent statistics. According to it, over the past year, Steam users have played around 3 billion gaming sessions with a gamepad. Out of these, 60% of players opted for an Xbox controller, while 27% chose a PlayStation controller. This marks a significant shift compared to 2019 when only 19% of players used PlayStation gamepads, while 76% preferred Xbox gamepads. Also, this shows that the popularity of DualShock/DualSense controllers has quadrupled in the past four years, while Xbox controller usage experienced a slight decline.

The figures provided by Valve also showed the growing interest in gamepads among Steam users across various gaming genres.

Speaking of Valve, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Half-Life, the company released a documentary dedicated to the iconic title, sharing some interesting insights.  

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