PC gamers may bemoan the use of a console controller for first-person shooters, but there’s no denying the benefit of using a traditional controller for other genres.
Valve is now planning to make it all that little bit easier for the PC Master Race, rolling out official Steam Controller Configurator support for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers.
This means that Microsoft’s own licensed peripherals will have access to Steam‘s mapping features.
The update is now available as part of a new beta branch, so it’s not yet available for everyone, but it will be soon.
It introduces Configurator support for your standard, generic X-Input controllers, meaning a lot of the features usable for the Steam Controller can now be used on other, third-party gamepads, including Microsoft’s own lineup. This comes after Steam added PS4 DualShock 4 compatibility.
It’s expected that the features available to DualShock 4 users will also be available for anyone using an Xbox controller.
These features include the ability to map multiple button presses and input combinations to the controller’s analog sticks and other buttons.
If you wish to test out the Xbox controller functionality with Steam from today, you can do so by opting into the beta build.
View the “Account” tab within your account user settings, then head into the “Beta participation” section, “Change”, and then select the “Steam Beta Update”.
There’s no solid release date for a wide launch of this feature, with the DualShock 4 support coming a few weeks after it was available in the beta.