Valve offers Steam breakdown of controller use

Steam’s own controller is used by a minority of players, with users instead preferring the PS4’s Dual Shock and – overwhelmingly – Microsoft’s controllers for the current and last-gen Xboxes.

The stats come via a Steam breakdown, which charts usage of all manner of controllers across games played on the platform. With Valve pushing for increased compatibility with game pads and Steam games, it’s interesting to see just what impact its moves have had.

Of the current consoles, the PS4’s Dual Shock is used slightly more than the Xbox One’s pad – odd, considering the latter is pushed so heavily as being easily compatible with Windows PCs – but when the previous gen is factored in, it’s Xbox controllers all the way.

Nearly 40 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One pads have been used with Steam, amounting to some 64 per cent of total use stats. That’s a significant number. And while PS4 pads might outnumber XBO controllers, the actual active play time using them is a big switch, as can be seen.

Nintendo does get a look in with the Switch Pro controller, and Steam’s stats show a significant uptick in the number of users taking their Nintendo pad to the PC after Valve introduced support for the controller on May 1 this year.

Languishing behind, though, sits the actual Steam controller – while it does have more users than Nintendo’s controller, it’s been out a lot longer and is the official controller for Steam. One thing it has over other pads is it is used in a far wider selection of games than the others, which is likely down to its wide-ranging (and widely advertised) support for all manner of Steam games.

Then there are the outliers – over a hundred thousand connecting Gamecube pads; nearly 200,000 using SNES pads; the 200k-plus with Rock Band controllers; and the 783 hooking up dance mats. That last few – they’re the real MVPs.

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