Valve Says an Increasing Number of People Are Playing Steam Games With a Controller

Valve announced that the average number of daily users playing a Steam game with a controller has more than doubled over the past two years. In a post announcing that all games that use the Steam Input API are now fully compatible with the new PS5 controller, Valve says that people are actually playing PC games with controllers.

Valve added that in controller-friendly games, the percentage of players using a controller for that game could easily be 60 percent or higher.

In some games, such as skateboarding games, more than 90 percent of their players use controllers in-game.

It turned out that the increase in controller usage is even higher among players using PlayStation controllers, which has increased from 10.9 percent of controller gaming sessions to 21.6 percent of all controller sessions on Steam over the past two years.

Valve’s announcement points to the use of DualSense for some games on Steam. It has been announced that it has full support for the LED, trackpad, shake and gyroscope features for players to configure in games such as Death Stranding, No Man’s Sky, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. It was also noted that support is now available for players who choose the public beta Steam desktop client and platform broad support is available, aimed at shipping after further testing.

Yesterday, the Steam client beta was updated to add noise over Bluetooth for DualSense, add lower noise intensity for DualSense, and allow external sound-based touch gestures with noise enabled in DualSense.

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