Steam Controller Demonstration

Valve:Here's a quick look at some games being played with the prototype version of the Steam Controller -- the same version that we'll be shipping to 300 Steam users later this year. We'll post more demonstrations like this soon, including footage of some other game developers using the controller to play their own games.

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sigfredod1835d ago

Luckily this is a prototype gamepad, because looks hideous, seems like a child glue the plastic parts, on the practical side seems ok, altough with the FPS seems he had to overdo to make long turnarounds

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kingduqc1835d ago

Im preaty sure it's much faster and more precise then the normal controller...

Bimkoblerutso1834d ago (Edited 1834d ago )

I have to say, this video did quite a bit to alleviate some of my worry, though the pads still seemed a little wonky for things that did not involve "pointer" like movement.

For instance, the free-look in FPS's and the pointer controls in games like Civ 5 looked fantastic, but the movement portion of the control scheme seemed a bit less precise in FPS's.

UltimateMaster1834d ago (Edited 1834d ago )

Oh no, just by looking at this demo, I'm pretty sure I'm not gonna like it.

Just the fact he had to flip his finger multiple times just to turn when I could just hold an analog stick in one direction to go there.

Nah, it already took too long just to turn.
Damn, never tough it would have taken 15 seconds of gameplay to get me uninterested in this controller.

I'm still gonna have to try it, but this was underwhelming for me.

I'm pretty sure it's going to appeal to PC gamers for sure since it has a mouse-like feel to it, but that's not my style when I play shooters.
Maybe even then, see how long it took to scroll on the map, a mouse could have gone there much faster instead of flicking the thumb several times.
Just saying, it'll probably need much more tweaking.

From what I've seen, glorified touch pads instead of analogs, nothing a touch screen can't do. However, It does look MUCH better than the touchscreen since the sensors detect the speed of your thumbs and that impacts how fast/much you'll turn.

It's defiantly not a bad controller, but it'll be one hell of an adjustment for most console gamer that wants to try it out.

Again, IMO. I still need to try it out to really say if I truly like/dislike the controller.

Emilio_Estevez1835d ago (Edited 1835d ago )

Either this controller is good or the demonstrator is well very versed in using it.

-Foxtrot1835d ago

Probably the latter

He's probably been using this controller with the same games for ages so he's really used to it.

DeadManIV1835d ago

@Aviator On PC gamers can move to a dedicated gaming OS, where we can have games using openGL rather than DirectX. For consoles, tne PS4 is shredding the Xbone. Thus, MS can now leave gaming.

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JewyMcJew1835d ago

The multiple swipes during Civ leave me with some concern but other than that, this seems to be the most promising solution to the couch-keyboard problem yet!

And yes, shame on Microsoft for not coming up with this. Regardless of how well it works, at least Valve is trying.

FanMan1835d ago

Ya, I am still not buying this just yet. I need to try it myself, but as of right now just from what I am seeing, it doesn't look all that great. :/

aliengmr1834d ago

Or both? I mean its not unreasonable to assume that it could also be a good controller.

Emilio_Estevez1834d ago

True, maybe I should have phrased that differently....

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-Foxtrot1835d ago

I think I'll just use my PS4 controller on it

I would like them showing us a game which isn't a Turn-based strategy. How about a fighting game or something else. I'll tell you something with the button layouts and the non existent analogue sticks it'#s probably going to feel awful.

With the FPS game it seems uncomfortable as well

LordSane1835d ago (Edited 1835d ago )

Well fighting games are not very popular on PC, and this is primary a PC controller.

Have you ever played FPS on a Kb/Mouse? It looked very comfortable when he played CS:GO

-Foxtrot1835d ago

" It looked very comfortable when he played CS:GO "

Not really...he also had to swipe like twice to somewhat turn...I can do things better with a normal controller or a Keyboard and mouse

RedSoakedSponge1835d ago


im sure you could just turn the sensitivity up so you turn with one swipe if you so desire.

Jedimaster11834d ago


Yes, maybe. But in their tech demo to the public they never tried to adjust it to give an accurate preview of the controller's potential. This is suicide from a business standpoint, therefore they should have taken the time to polish the demonstration rather than present to the public a video that took five-minutes to produce.

_QQ_1835d ago

Dude we get it, it isn't a Sony product!!! stop bashing somthing you have never used... On topic i hope i can hook this up to my PS4 just in case it works amazing and to play shooters, PS4 probably won't support it though:(

-Foxtrot1835d ago (Edited 1835d ago )

But it's fine for people to praise it when they haven't played on it...double standards much

Hypocrisy at it's best


By the way

"it isn't a Sony product!!"

Whaaaaaaaaaaa......what the hell has Sony got to do with this. I mentioned I'll stick with my next gen controller, nothing about Sony in general

Marked for trolling, theres no point trying to start fanboy crap with comments like that

karl1835d ago

I agree.. i love the new look of the ds4 but this valve joystick looks really promesing... id really like to connect it to my future ps4

Einhert1835d ago (Edited 1835d ago )

How can you tell anything about the controller from a users standpoint?

I will wait and try one out instead of using baseless assumptions.

The controller uses haptic feedback and the static provides a physical feedback without the need for joysticks.

This is why Valve is amazing, they are always on the cusp of trying new things, everyone is saying the steam box is going to fail etc same thing was said about steam back in the early 2000s and look where it is now.

Oh but how dare I praise any other company on this site except Sony...

-Foxtrot1835d ago (Edited 1835d ago )

Again....whats with bringing Sony into this

Do all you guys have a problem with them or something and are hoping that the Steam Machines will out do them...because thats how it's coming off.

I said I'll use my PS4 controller because like others on here have said in the past the Steam Machines are open...which means you can use your next gen controllers on them whatever one you will get.

aliengmr1834d ago


So why do you spend all your bubbles, on nearly every article concerning this controller, when you don't like it?

Seriously, move along already. Stop acting like you are persecuted for not liking it. Don't pretend that trying to offer criticism on a product without trying it is the same as being interested in it, or thinking it might be a good idea. It's not.

You honestly act as though this controller is a threat to you in some way. Like you crave some form of validation. But then, when your credibility comes into question, you play the victim. All this over an item you have no intention of using. So either you are just trolling, or, you are just trying to convince yourself that you aren't interested.

Somebody1834d ago


What did you say? Hypocrisy?

Steam is offering something that is new to the PC gaming world so it's only natural that a lot of people are excited over it. The product is out yet but I'm sure the fans would love it to deliver on its promised potentials. Of course everyone want to out do other controllers, just like how console fans are want their consoles to out do PCs.

Criticism and doubts are okay if it help the overall subject matter but not when it's all about you. We get it, you hate it for those obvious reasons but now let's see how Valve is taking care of them.

You gave Sony controllers a chance. Now, let's give Valve a chance.

_QQ_1835d ago (Edited 1835d ago )

It looks like its working great in the video, so its actually not double standard. Why hype up PS4 without playing it? because the games look great and people with hands on say it lworks great....duh. so how can you say i'm being a hypocrite? there has been nothing but good feedback about the controller, you are saying its going to feel awful yet no one with actual hands-on has mentioned that.i don't need hands on to know that everyone who has used it likes it...

_QQ_1835d ago

your comment
yup def no sony bias here /S

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LordSane1835d ago

Now THIS is a Next Gen controller.

NYC_Gamer1835d ago

I don't know how that controller will work with all type of games at the min

Pandamobile1834d ago

Well, you just saw it working quite well with three very popular PC game genres.

iamnsuperman1834d ago

I disagree with quite well. There was a lot of swipe swipe swipe when it came to the FPS genre.

Pandamobile1834d ago

So? You do that with a mouse too (you can also turn up the sensitivity)

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