Earlier this week Valve announced SteamOS and Steam Machines. Today the third and final announcement has been revealed with the Steam Controller, a new gamepad designed to work with all games on Steam, even those not designed specifically for a controller.

“The Steam Controller is designed to work with all the games on Steam: past, present, and future. Even the older titles in the catalog and the ones which were not built with controller support. (We’ve fooled those older games into thinking they’re being played with a keyboard and mouse, but we’ve designed a gamepad that’s nothing like either one of those devices.) We think you’ll agree that we’re onto something with the Steam Controller, and now we want your help with the design process.”

Valve also believes that the new controller will offer superior performance to some of its competition on the PC.

“Traditional gamepads force us to accept compromises. We’ve made it a goal to improve upon the resolution and fidelity of input that’s possible with those devices. The Steam controller offers a new and, we believe, vastly superior control scheme, all while enabling you to play from the comfort of your sofa. Built with high-precision input technologies and focused on low-latency performance, the Steam controller is just what the living-room ordered.”

Unlike the typical analogue stick controllers most of us are used to, the Steam Controller utilizes dual circular trackpads, which also act as buttons, and a touch screen in the center, which also acts as a clickable button.

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Like everything else that Valve has revealed this week, the project will be open for developers to make improvements. You can read more about Valve’s new controller in the official announcement for more.

Source: Valve Announces Steam Controller

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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