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​This Is The Latest Steam Controller

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Valve just sent us this image, a more clear depiction of the latest Steam Controller prototype that they detailed back in January.

Likely in the interest of backward compatibility, this latest prototype has eight clear buttons on the front, which will doubtless make it easier for the controller to support Xbox 360-style XInput controls. It'll be at Valve's booth at GDC next week, where I'll be sure to check it out.

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-Foxtrot1683d ago

Looks better but without analouge controllers not many console players will want to use this.

Then you have PC gamers which will most likely be used to using their keyboard and mouse.

I don't see how they are trying to "bridge the gap" between console and PC gaming when the controller doesn't show that. I know you can easily use your PS4/Xbox One controller but at the end of the day they should be showing us this "closing" of the different platforms with their own hardware.

Least give people the choice between two controllers....you know since you have like 12 different Steam machines, I doubt it would hurt to have two different Steam controllers. One with analogue sticks and the other without them. The console, as Valve has said, is about choice....

Question though: Since this is a prototype could the buttons "XYAB" change? Because they look like the ones on the Xbox controller. Why not ABXZ or something different? Or is it because they are just using them because it's a prototype.

Bodge1683d ago

They shouldn't make a controller with analogue sticks. The whole point of the steam controller is to avoid them because they are terrible for FPS/TPS games.

If you want analogue sticks so bad then use a controller that's out already.

-Foxtrot1683d ago (Edited 1683d ago )

" The whole point of the steam controller is to avoid them because they are terrible for FPS/TPS games. "

Well we've done pretty well with them so far and PC gamers use Mouse and Keyboard support anyway so they don't have to worry

I really don't see why people don't want choice in all this.

I'm not saying scrap it but jeez...give us the choice. I wouldn't want to be forced to use a controller for another system for the Steam Machines, it would feel weird.

As I've said, it would be nice to have the choice, it's not hurting anyone.

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"I wouldn't want to be forced to use a controller for another system for the Steam Machines, it would feel weird"

Ducky1683d ago (Edited 1683d ago )

^ You already have a choice. Use the controller your comfortable with.

There's no shortage of analog controller designs on the market. I'd imagine they work with the steam box.

Edit: Well, don't arbitrarily restrict your own choices while clamoring about 'wanting a choice'.

webeblazing1683d ago

huh? how you dont have a choice when you always have a choice. your choice is play with what ever you want. i dont even get what your trying to say but they are not locking you in to one set of way to play games. that console gaming your thinking about. you can use what ever you want. your not going to find out if its for you or not unless you try it. and how your sounding your not going to try it in the first place no matter what they did. im glad theyre trying something new and i will judge it for myself when i TRY IT.

Raf1k11683d ago

This controller is designed with a control system that's supposed to be as good as if not better than analogue.

Adding analogue sticks would defeat the whole point of it's main feature.

starchild1683d ago

You are so negative about everything, Foxtrot. I so rarely see you say anything positive about anything. 90% of your comments are hating on games, certain consoles, PC gaming, Steam Machines, Steam Controller, and on and on.

Your comment is silly anyway. You talk about how choice is good, but don't seem to realize that the Steam controller just adds to the choices PC gamers have. Being able to use a keyboard and mouse, traditional gamepad or the Steam controller is an amazing amount of choice.

Why would they add analogue sticks? That would make the whole controller pointless, since it would essentially be nothing more than a traditional gamepad at that point.

The point of the Steam controller is to allow PC games that currently only support keyboard and mouse to be played comfortably and conveniently from the couch.

Most games these days support the use of a gamepad, but some genres like strategy and MMORPGs typically don't. Other games like the Mass Effect series don't support gamepads either. It would be convenient for many people to be able to play these games more easily from their couch.

I will probably use all three control methods--K&M, gamepad and Steam controller--depending on the game and where I am playing.

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SteamPowered1683d ago

This controller is meant to replace the kb/m so those 8 face buttons are prolly just hotkeys. I will definitely give this a chance. My pc is always in big picture mode so I just rock the 360 controller. But if I could play Path of Exile in my living room, that would make me very happy.
Every pc is a Steam machine in my eyes.

Pandamobile1683d ago (Edited 1683d ago )

Are console gamers really that averse to change that you think they wouldn't even try it?

"You know since you have like 12 different Steam machines, I doubt it would hurt to have two different Steam controllers. One with analogue sticks and the other without them. The console, as Valve has said, is about choice...."

Take away the track pads and then it's just a 360 controller. Why would Valve want to reinvent the wheel by releasing their own version of an already well-established controller scheme?

They're using the 360 face button layout because 1). Most PC games already support that layout, and 2). it's the most logical.

A and B are your main buttons, so they're the most accessible. X and Y correspond to their respective axes, just like in mathematics. That layout is the most easily recognizable, and also the most logical.

-Foxtrot1683d ago (Edited 1683d ago )

Then it's their job to NOT make it the 360 controller.

Do you think there not up to the task or can't do it....because I bet they can.

I really don't understand why you guys are so closed minded even when a choice wouldn't hurt you if you wouldn't want to buy it.

It's not like they would be replacing the controller, just adding more options for a bigger audience.

Pandamobile1683d ago (Edited 1683d ago )

Maybe because it's unnecessary? The 360 controller is already a widely accepted standard for controller input on Windows.

There's absolutely no need for Valve to make a controller with analog sticks when several already exist and work well.

I'm not closed minded about it, I'm just thinking about it from a business perspective. Valve is addressing a market gap and innovating on a product that has more or less stagnated for 10+ years.

I don't get how you still fail to understand this. It's pretty simple, and it's apparent that no one agrees with you on this.

edqe1683d ago

I'm using SteamOS as my gaming OS and all controllers I own works without problems; keyboard+mouse, Logitech F510 and XBox controller. F510 and XBox contollers for console games; platformers and keyboard+mouse to all others.

Steam Controller seems to be functional for many PC game genres unlike analogue stick controllers.

Steam Controller + Borderlands 2: http://www.youtube.com/watc...

incredibleMULK1683d ago

you have a choice, use a 360 controller.

use a logitech controller.
use a ps3 controller.
use a ps4 controller.
use a mad cat controller.
use the steam box one that you're not willing to try.
use a keyboard and mouse.
there's 6 choices, i'm sure is missed some. Quit being a weeny.

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iRocket1683d ago

That one looks much sexier and sleeker than the old one. I'll be excited to get my hands on one of those!

desertpunk861683d ago

looks like an art project,but can art be functional?

Are_The_MaDNess1683d ago

looks great and will prob work great aswell. sad to see shiny parts tho since they will look so dirty after such a short time.
wonder if we can get it usable to only one half and use a mouse on the other hand aswell..... miss smooth movement in my skyrim >_____< the walking speed i want and such got so much with immersion to do IMO.

locomorales1683d ago

It seems to be great for FPS and really bad for fighting, sports, advendures, etc.

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