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Category PS4 Guides and Tutorials       Thread starter PSXHAX       Start date Jul 5, 2017 at 5:40 AM       15,128       13            
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With Sony's PS4 DualShock 4 controller now officially supported in Valve Corporation's digital distribution platform known as Steam, here's a guide on how to use a PlayStation 4 DS4 controller as a PC gamepad on Steam! (y)

To quote from Tom's Guide on How to Use a PS4 Controller on Steam:

"To get your DualShock 4 set up on Steam, launch the Steam client and click the controller icon at the top right to enter Big Picture Mode, which is Steam's console-like, controller-friendly interface. From there, go to Settings > Controller Settings and make sure "PS4 Configuration Support" is toggled on.

After that, simply plug your PS4 controller in via a microUSB cable or Sony's DualShock wireless dongle. You'll be prompted with a small window for personalizing your controller, which lets you assign a name to your DualShock 4, toggle the rumble feature and set the color, brightness and saturation of the gamepad's top-facing lightbar.

Your DualShock 4 will now be registered to work on Steam, but that's just the beginning of the fun.

If you head to Settings > Base Configurations, you can create button schemes for navigating Steam in both Desktop and Big Picture mode, as well as dictate what happens when you hold down the home button in-game. You can also create game-specific control schemes by simply launching a game, pressing the PlayStation button and selecting Controller Settings.

The amount of ways you can customize your DualShock 4 on Steam is staggering, and reminds me a lot of the fine-tuning options that Valve offers for its own, less-conventional Steam Controller. In addition to remapping every button and adjusting the sensitivity of the thumbsticks, you can also take advantage of the controller's unique touchpad and gyroscope in a myriad of ways.

Want the DualShock 4's touchpad to behave like a mouse? Go for it. How about controlling the in-game camera by simply moving the controller? You can make that happen. If you like tweaking every possible parameter when setting up your controls for games, Steam's DualShock 4 features could keep you busy for hours."

From Steam's Latest Update, to quote in part: Controller
  • Added Steam Configurator support for PS4 Dual Shock Controller. Enable in Big Picture settings Add/Test Controller settings. When enabled, PS4 controllers will have access to the same sort of customization/configuration support as Steam Controllers, including native API support. PS4 Controllers using this system can map the trackpad, gyro, buttons, etc. to keyboard, mouse, or x-input outputs and can make use of action sets, touch menus, radial menus, and so forth.
  • Added software gyro+accelerometer integration for IMUs without hardware integration. Allows Joystick-Move/D-Pad/Mouse Leaning support for the PS4 gyro input.
  • Added New Mode 'Joystick Mouse'. This is a joystick based mouse control useful for stick based controllers.
  • Added controller preference setting for haptics. Haptics can now be globally disabled for a controller or default to the configuration preferences.
  • Added support for LED Color setting. Controllers which are capable of setting an LED color can now set this in controller personalization.
  • Added LED Brightness/Color controller action binding. The light on the controller can now be changed via a binding. This is useful to mark changes in state such as different action sets or mode shifts, or on start/release press activators for changing while a button is pressed, for example. Light settings are reset to user preference when changing applications/configurations.
  • Added software calibration for non-Steam controller based IMUs to counter for gyro drift.
  • Modes and bindings which are unavailable to desktop and Big Picture modes will no longer be shown in the configurator.
  • Steam now shows a dialog when trying to edit a config for a controller which has opted out of being configurable.
  • Unified Radial Menu Button Press/Release behavior on digital inputs such as physical face buttons or d-pads.
  • Dismiss quit menu when minimizing or turning off a controller.
  • Controllers now support a default Rumble Preference to be On or Off. Games can override this setting or use the default preference for that controller. Setting is available under each controllers Preferences in Controller Settings in Big Picture.
  • Individual games can opt out of using Steam Configuration support for the PS4 controller under each game's Controller Settings. If a game has native PS4 support this allows it to continue to be recognized directly.
  • Changed mode shift button activators to be uninterruptible by default.
  • Changed Mouse mode Gyro Enable Button to default to Always On when placed on a PS4 Controller.
  • Changed Joystick Mouse to default to Wide Response.
  • Configuration Browser can now be toggled to show all available controller types rather than the default of the in-use controller type.
  • Configurations can now be marked as 'Unique'Ā to a specific controller. This configuration will only be applied to that controller for that user's account. By default, all controllers of a specific type will share a configuration unless marked as Unique.
  • Fixed a bug where rumble would send to the incorrect controller and could cause controllers to control the incorrect player.
  • Fixed default settings not applying properly to mode shifted modes, which could cause certain parameters to be incorrect by default on mode-shifts.
  • SteamOS users should update to the latest version of SteamOS, as described here.
  • Linux users should consider upgrading your udev rules to allow Steam access to /dev/hidraw* , as described here.
Finally, below is a brief recap on some related Steam PlayStation 4 / PS4 Linux topics:
How to Setup a PS4 DualShock 4 DS4 Controller on Steam Tutorial.jpg
 

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Fimo

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... or just run DS4Win if that game doesn't suport PS4 controllers (Street Fighter 5 for instance).

All the 2017 games I've tested (2 wireless dualshocks 4 with an usb bluetooth dongle) are now suporting the PS4 controllers. There is only one small issue, the games are showing the XBOX buttons. So you have to remember the mapping of the xbox colors with triangle square etc...


PS: That method suppose also that you are running the game from Steam app, that means that you've purchased the game ? :)
 

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The good news is that if Steam is now officialy suporting the PS4 controllers, the new games should display the correct PS4 buttons and no more the XBOX's one :)
 

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Not only that, but programs like DS4Windows are notorious for having compatibility issues. I remember last time I tried to use these programs on Windows 10 that it couldn't put the DS4 in "exclusive mode" so it wouldn't detect the controller when playing games.

So for me it's not even the on screen button prompts that's the main attraction, but instead the increased reliability/compatibility that makes it great. Just plug the controller in and it should work without much fuss.
 

Wultra

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This is old news, i have been using ps4 controller on steam for months now using there full controller support
 

PSXHAX

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Up to now this hasn't been covered here and I found it interesting... apparently the folks at Tom's Guide did also :D

As always, if you run across topics that interest you feel free to make a post on them too <3
 

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As always, if you run across topics that interest you feel free to make a post on them too <3
Right and your readers are people who like to play on consoles (with a PS4 controller) AND want jailbreak/free games. That's still possible but no more on console.

Not only that, but programs like DS4Windows are notorious for having compatibility issues. I remember last time I tried to use these programs on Windows 10 that it couldn't put the DS4 in "exclusive mode" so it wouldn't detect the controller when playing games.
When did you try DS4win ? Maybe an old version because I have ZERO issue with the last release (and I'm using wireless controllers !).
 

orkalass

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Up to now this hasn't been covered here and I found it interesting... apparently the folks at Tom's Guide did also :D

As always, if you run across topics that interest you feel free to make a post on them too <3
PFTH! Tom wh*res out to hot topics for SEO hits, and we all know it. :p (Same Tom from MySpace)
 

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PFTH! Tom wh*res ...
Why wh*res ?
A move from Tom (PC world) to the console's Joypad, another move toward the PC's. Why this PC/console war in 2017 ? Look at the editors, most of their AAA games will be released on PS4, XONE AND STEAM.

Honestly what's the difference between PC/consoles when you are playing a game with a DS4 in your sofa ? A PC dedicated for gaming in your living room is nothing more than a jailbreaked PS5, so stop that war :)
 
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