Valve's New Steam Controller Is Truly Next-Gen

Forbes - "The other day, I mentioned that it seemed likely Valve’s Friday announcement would be a new gamepad designed for Steam and the newly announced Steam Machines/SteamOS. I hoped we’d see a game announcement, but I suspected strongly that this was not going to be the case."

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The_Infected1458d ago

I agree. It's honestly different and innovative. People will hate on it though because it's different. Some will never like change or something different. I think it looks awesome and I really want to try it along with a Steam Box and SteamOS.

xJumpManx1458d ago

I would like to try it but I am not a big touch pad fan to begin with.

The_Infected1458d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

I'm not into touch either but it looks like it would work great. I guess we need hands on but I'd say it works great as Valve has most likely tested the hell out of the controller.

come_bom1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

I agree.

I don't like touch pad's. I like precision, that's why i love the KB/Mouse combination... but i still would like to try Valve's New Steam Controller.

Omegasyde1457d ago

What if you have "ginormous elephantiasis sized" thumbs?

darthv721457d ago

@omega. then you need one of these:

all kidding aside, it reminds me of the dual pad interface that sony has on the xperia play. that wasnt as bad as i initially thought it would be. it was actually fun to use.

black0o1457d ago

i already own a steam machine .. why 'd i need a new one? this controller better support PC

thisismyaccount1457d ago

Yep same will occur with the DS4 of the PS4. I mean, i don´t think we´re going to see something truely unique, that will blow us away....

It´s there so you can navigate like on a phone these days, nothing more.

0ut1awed1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

I just posted a very long comment over in the main thread with fact for people being cynical about it.

In short though, this touchpad can really bridge the mouse to controller gap. Those touchpads have the ability to be soo much more sensitive than a analog stick. It ends up basically putting a mouse in your controller.

Also the Haptics vibration technology they are adding sounds amazing. Like surround sound in terms of vibration for the controller. Although sound is still something they will do...

(referring to Haptics feedback system) "As a parlour trick they can even play audio waveforms and function as speakers."

ThanatosDMC1457d ago

I want to be in the game world all ready. Technology is too slow. I want the Matrix-like simulation minus the metal dong to the back of the head.

Lisica1457d ago

That's what I said for the phones. Now I can't go back to the phones with keyboards.

BattleAxe1457d ago

I'm sure that Sony would have loved to have made a controller like this, but they probably would have alienated the Playstation fanbase by coming out with something like this. Valve on the other hand has nothing to lose. This controller looks pretty awesome, and I will definitely be picking one up.

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SilentNegotiator1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

People will also hate it because it is a bad idea.

No one wants trackpads, virtual buttons are inaccurate (ironic that they are worried about sticks, but not virtual buttons), or a lack of physical control.

Bimkoblerutso1457d ago

Yeah, it's like having two trackpads on a know...those things on laptops that people don't want to use so they buy USB mice?

Obviously we're all still going to TRY it, but right now, I can't say I have high hopes.

Hellsvacancy1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

I do really like the touch pads instead of having two analog sticks, it'll work well

Other than that I think it looks fugly

SolidDuck1457d ago

Just looking at it, I'm thinking there's no way this is going to be as responsive as a mouse and keyboard or even a ps4 or x1 controller. But then again it's valve, and there generally ahead of the curve in a lot of stuff they do. So maybe it's fantastic. Who knows till it's out. There was a time where I thought I would never prefer a iphone keyboard to a phone with phiscal buttons, but that's not the case anymore. Could be a similar effect.

adorie1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

So many judgements and not one person here has even held it, never mind playing a game with it.

The controller is supposed to be the solution to k/b and mouse since this controller is aimed mainly at games available on steam and seeing as how those games are made with k/b and mouse, in mind, it's feasible to create a solution in the form of a controller, seeing as they want into the Living Room.

My initial thoughts are summed up here:
Wait and see. If it sucks, bring the pain, if it doesn't, some crow will be in the oven.

lazyjatt1457d ago

Well we may not have used this controller yet, but I've played my fair share of games on touch screens (including fps) and I hate the touch controls. So I'm not getting my hopes up.

MegaMohsi1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )


Valve has already stated that the controller will work with all versions of Steam.

Can I use a controller if I don’t have a Steam machine?
Yes. It’ll work very well with any version of Steam.

DarkAzureIIIX1457d ago

Looks and performance are two different thing, and it may look innovative but if it can't performance it's trash.

s8anicslayer1457d ago

You know people don't like to try new things, if the media accepts this device then everyone will follow.

Sideras1457d ago

It looks hideous, but I doubt they would go for a design that didn't feel good.
So with that said I'm confident in Valves ability to innovate.
It certainly sounds functional.

mydyingparadiselost1457d ago

What they're trying to do with it is awesome but the design is what's hurting it, that button placement looks AWFUL for lots of genres. Taking your finger from the concave pads to those buttons next to the screen will cause problems for shooters, third person perspective games or pretty much anything that the camera is controlled by a right stick and a character by the left stick. For bringing the computer experience to a controller.... maybe, but the console controller experience looks flawed.

Mystogan1457d ago

Different does not mean better.

nosferatuzodd1457d ago

yeah that's going to be a problem from playing ios games with touch pads i know from experience they suck,
plus how can you're controller be next gen when you don't have a current gen to begin with this is pure bull

Ryto1457d ago

I can't wait to try it, I hope it's not locked to the steam box though, I'd love to use it on non-steam purchases that allow game pads!

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aquamala1458d ago

this is either brilliant or terrible, will find out when I get my hands on one

s8anicslayer1457d ago

Do you plan on buying one, or did you get into the beta?

Ragthorn1457d ago

I 100% agree with you, this is a hit or miss. I am though anticipated to get it, but I will definitely be getting a Xbox One Controller if it will be supported on the Windows PC. I was fine with the 360 controller, but this looks interesting, I hope this turns out well though.

Zodiac1458d ago

This is true hit or miss if i ever saw one. Some may see that as an insult, but the WiiU,PS4,Xbox One,3DS, and PS Vita all have analog sticks and d-pads, which makes this controller a very risky move.

DeadManIV1457d ago

not exclusive to steam machine though, will come to PC supports every steam game, i think. Im willing to give it a try

Biohazard88601458d ago

need too try before i say if bad or not...

Hazmat131458d ago

to me its a miss. but that just me. not my cup of tea. ill try the steam box but ill just use a KB or Xbox or PS3 controller.