PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller Now Officially Compatible with Steam

The latest client update of Steam has now introduced the official support of the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller.

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The PC gaming platform Steam has now added official support for the PS5 controller with almost all of its features. This includes rumble, gyro, trackpad, and lightbar functions. Unfortunately, haptic feedback has not been added since there is no current software that could support it other than the PS5. In any case, there are no PC games that support haptic feedback and adaptive trigger features.

Aside from the other features supported, it also has directional swipe mode that can be used with the gyro and trackpad functions of the controller. There have been other input updates as well like improved controller support for games with raw input.

Here’s the notes from Steam:


  • Improved preallocation disk space performance when installing or updating content
  • Improved performance of Steam overlay, macOS and Linux web browsers
  • Fixed videos from not starting automatically when browsed to


  • Fixed downloading for developers on some networks using local content servers


  • Fixed some game manuals opening inside of the Steam client instead of in the user’s browser.
  • Fixed shelf dropdown rendering from displaying without a background.

Server Browser

  • Changes were made to harden the server browser protocol. Gameserver operators and anyone who writes custom clients that speak this protocol (A2S_INFO, S2C_CHALLENGE, etc) can read this post.

Steam Chat

  • Fixed Windows issue where voice hotkey may be erroneously triggered if unset
  • Fixed macOS issue preventing setting of voice hotkey when cleared

Steam Input

  • Added support for PS5 Controllers to Steam Input including trackpad, gyro, lightbar, and rumble functionality
  • Added a directional swipe mode for use with trackpads and gyro
  • Improved support for games that use raw input for controllers
  • Fixed the Xbox Series X controller showing up as 2 separate controllers
  • Fixed controller input for some games using embedded Chrome


  • Fixed unintentional overlay activation in Apex Legends after returning to the game via alt + tab then pressing shift


  • Updated steam runtime to v0.20201203.1
  • Improved the filtering of available compatibility tools in the game properties dialog
  • Fixed launching of non-Steam games over Proton 5.13 (steam-runtime#287)
  • Fixed games not getting stopped via the ‘Stop’ button in the client UI (steam-for-linux#7435)
  • Added auto-migration of Steam libraries using the old ‘SteamApps’ directory casing to ‘steamapps’ when possible (Proton#4206). Users will be warned if the transition is needed but auto-migration fails.
  • Improved how host LD_LIBRARY_PATH settings are picked up and transformed for the Steam runtime (steam-runtime#274)
  • Improved host LD_LIBRARY_PATH support (steam-runtime#306)
  • Fixed blank UI windows appearing at startup on some systems (steam-for-linux#7450)

PlayStation 5 and DualSense controller are now available worldwide.

Source: Steam