Sony is increasingly interfering in the PC market, which is reflected in ports of beloved games and the official support of accessories such as controllers, among other things. The big guys at Valve seem to have understood that well and that means that a small update in the popular Steam Store applies.
Indeed, the company has the Controller-Friendly Hub , where you can filter games by which controllers they support, including the DualShock and DualSense. Of course, the Xbox controller is also present and has also been a popular option for PC gamers for years. However, the controllers from the PlayStation household are steaming up and Valve has seen an increase of no less than 400% in the past four years.
In the past year, about 3 billion gaming sessions have been recorded that have been played with a controller, of which 60% were played on an Xbox controller and 27% went to the blue camp. The rest is subdivided under the Steam Deck, the Switch Pro controller, and controllers from other brands.
“Whenever we’re thinking about what areas of Steam to work on, we like to turn to data, especially to note how things change over time and which indicators suggest particular player interests. When we dig into controller usage data, we see a few interesting changes over the past few years.
- There were over 3 Billion game sessions that included a controller in the past year
- 60% Xbox controller
- 27% PlayStation models
- The remaining % is made up of Steam Deck, Switch Pro, and hundreds of other controller models
- The same period four years ago (ending Nov 2019) had 990 Million controller sessions
- 76% Xbox controllers
- 19% PlayStation controllers
- During these four years, PlayStation controllers saw a 4x increase in sessions”