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Sony Publishes An Official Linux Driver For PlayStation 5 DualSense Controllers

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  • #21
    Originally posted by You- View Post
    Getting the drivers in now will mean phones launching in the second half of next year and afterwards could start to use th native driver. Considering a plus 5 year lifespan for consoles, it would be better in the mainline kernel than as a patch.
    Not quite since manufacturers only use LTS versions - and often not even the latest one.(I'd not be surprised about new phones shipping with 4.9).

    That means that it all depends on general interest in backporting and actually shipping with that specific kernel module since these kernels are far away from mainline and only activate very specific kernel modules.

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    • #22
      Nice move Sony. Makes my decision which controller to buy much easier

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      • #23
        My guess is that they want to have their PS Now service available from a browser and they want ChromeOS devices to be able to use all the functionality from their controllers.
        There's a reason why Sony has been pushing the WebHID specs to support their devices features.

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        • #24
          Looks much better than my current Ouya controller. Hopefully this PS5DSC can be charged without the console.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by Schugy View Post
            Looks much better than my current Ouya controller. Hopefully this PS5DSC can be charged without the console.
            If it's anything like the PS4 controller then all it'll need is a cell phone charger. That's how I charge my DS4 to play on my PC.

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            • #26
              First corona and now this. We live strange times. Maybe time will tell what was behind this Sony thing.

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              • #27
                While Ps5 are only available through scalper's, guess now at least Linux users might buy accessories

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                • #28
                  Can anyone please explain how SDL supports the device without the kernel driver? Also how would a program use the device through this driver. To clarify, as I am clueless regarding the kernel programming, is there a user API for the driver?
                  Last edited by zoomblab; 25 December 2020, 10:46 AM.

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by Orphis View Post
                    My guess is that they want to have their PS Now service available from a browser and they want ChromeOS devices to be able to use all the functionality from their controllers.
                    There's a reason why Sony has been pushing the WebHID specs to support their devices features.
                    Din ding ding ding, we have a winner.

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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by m1cha View Post
                      Not quite since manufacturers only use LTS versions - and often not even the latest one.(I'd not be surprised about new phones shipping with 4.9).
                      Why should the maker of XPeria phones care which kernel versions their competition uses? Sony phones are among the most AOSP friendly devices out there: https://developer.sony.com/develop/open-devices/

                      Sony phones have long had the ability to pair PlayStation controllers out of the box. My former XPeria XZ Premium had an option to pair Dual Shock 4 controllers.

                      Their TVs also run Linux and they support PlayStation now on competitor's TVs like Samsung (who use Tizen).

                      They use FreeBSD on PlayStation and Linux literally everywhere else. The only platform they hardly care about is Windows after they sold Vaio.

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