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The DualShock 4 has become a popular controller option for PC players, and so Valve is adding native compatibility for the PlayStation 4 peripheral on its Steam platform. "Believe it or not, when you use the PS4 controller through the Steam API, it's exactly the same as a Steam controller," Jeff Bellinghausen said during a panel at the company's Steam Dev Days event. "You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything."

Bellinghausen pointed to the overlap between the DualShock 4 and the Steam Controller, such as the gyro and touchpad features. "Also, existing native support for the PS4 controller on the PC is a bit weak; in this case Steam itself is communicating directly with the device so everything's nice and reliable," he said.

Previously, PC players have had to make do with third-party applications to make the DualShock 4 play nicely, but this should come as positive news for those who spend more time fiddling with drivers than actually playing games.

[source gamasutra.com, via polygon.com]