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Valve adds buttons to Steam controller

By Matthew Handrahan

Valve adds buttons to Steam controller

Thu 16 Jan 2014 8:49am GMT / 3:49am EST / 12:49am PST

Touch-screen makes way for more traditional features as Valve seeks compatibility

Valve has altered the design of its touch-sensitive Steam controller in an effort to make it more compatible with existing games.

Previously, the face of the controller had a touch-screen between its two circular touch-pads, but Valve has decided to remove that in favour of a d-pad and a typical diamond-shaped arrangement of four buttons.

This change brings Valve's controller more into line with devices on systems like Xbox and PlayStation, and therefore the huge range of games designed to work with their inputs.

The new design was unveiled at Steam Dev Days, along with the news that the controller will have a gyroscope, will run on AAA batteries, and that the API will allow for the use of up to 16 controllers at any one time. Valve has also promised more changes in the future.

A more detailed account of the information released at Steam Dev Days can be found here, but the biggest shift was Gabe Newell's revelation that Valve wants to phase out Steam Greenlight - a service it launched less than 18 months ago, and one that was greeted with no small amount of criticism at first.

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Neil Young Programmer, Rebellion Developments

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It's now an awful lot like a wiiu pro controller with the trackpad eyes instead of thumbsticks?

@Christian - the dead space in the middle is fairly normal, since it's out of comfortable reach during normal play. There's often low use stuff there (home, start, etc), which valve may well add in later.

Posted:2 years ago


Neil Young Programmer, Rebellion Developments

356 486 1.4
The description implies the left set are a dpad.

Posted:2 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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I'm waiting for the redesign that turns that pad into the old Turbo Touch 360 controller for the Sega Genesis/MD and SNES:

Posted:2 years ago


Maged Hamdy Studying Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology

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So I'm supposed to jam my fingers between two touch pads?

Posted:2 years ago


Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Nope... still doesnt convince me, the set of buttons on the left should be shaped as a directional crosspad or like the directional buttons on the playstation. And Im not convinced by those 2 touchpad things. I prefer analog sticks. But for anyone who has tried it out, it be interested to know about your impressions.

Posted:2 years ago


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