Steam Client New Beta Update Adds DualShock 4 Support And More

Francesco De Meo
Posted Nov 1, 2016
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Last month, Valve confirmed during the Steam Dev Days that full DualShock 4 support was coming to Steam in the neat future. While this feature has yet to become available fully, those who decide to download the latest Steam Client beta update will be able to check out how it works.

The latest Steam Client beta update doesn’t just add DualShock 4 support, but also a variety of tweaks and fixes which aim to improve the overall experience. Catch the full update notes below.

General

Updated web control to CEF v54.0.2840. This version requires Windows 7 or macOS 10.9 and above, users on older OS versions will continue running the existing version.

Fixed third-party mods showing up as the incorrect game name in friends lists

Improved the error message shown when trying to run a 64-bit game on a 32-bit OS

Improved download and patching speeds when games are installed to a traditional non-SSD hard drive

Controller

Added Steam Configurator support for PS4 Dual Shock Controller. Note that this is a beta release. 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 New Mode – Joystick Mouse. This is a joystick based mouse control useful for stick based controllers.

Added default PS4 templates.

Added software calibration for non-Steam controller based IMUs to counter for gyro drift.

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” 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.

Big Picture now supports PS4 controller glyphs when using Steam Configurator support.

Streaming

Automatically restart Steam if it crashes while streaming a game

Added higher bandwidth options for 4K streaming

macOS

Fixed a bug that caused the client to freeze when generating internal error reports

Linux

Fixed issues when installing games into filesystems such as ZFS which report an abnormally large sector size

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