Neoseeker : News : Valve's announces the Steam Controller with dual trackpads, touchscreen, and shared configurations
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tendoboy1984 Sep 27, 13
Where are the A B X Y buttons?
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bluexy Sep 27, 13
tendoboy1984 They're the four triangular buttons between the touchpad and the trackpads.
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Justplayingitcool Sep 27, 13
Looks like an owl *bleep*ed an XBOX 360 controller.
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DedValve Sep 27, 13
About time bluexy I was waiting for this.

1) The design is completely alien which by default for a lot of people will be very offputting
2) This is Valve's solution to bringing the KB+M into the living room, it's very creative but unfortunately...
3) We won't know how this performs until we hold it in our hands. This is one of those extreme controllers that will either be amazing or terrible, not much room for middle ground with this thing.

The biggest problem I see is the lack of Dpad. Curious to see a work around for that, but then again all buttons are mappable. Valve has finally designed a controller that can keep your thumbs on the...trackpads and still press buttons.

Disregard the ABXY layout (it was a mistake to name them that as by default we think they will be the average button layout, it won't unless you want it to be), you have the two trackpads, the two triggers and the two back buttons all at your disposal instantly. 8 buttons makes it a dream for FPS games.

Comparing this to an iOS game is silly since the trackpads have a different feel, clearly have bevels in it and the haptics (HAPTICS!) to provide feedback.

This is going to be very interesting to watch as controllers haven't evolved in a long, long time. With the exception of Nintendo and even they seem to just change things for the sake of changing things rather than move forward to solve a problem (I would have loved for them to stick with an advanced wiimote and stronger hardware).
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Shave ya Head Sep 27, 13
I'll hold judgement till I've tried. I hope that developers actually use this and that it means many more games will have controller support now. Or maybe it emulates a M&K.
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Huntereb Sep 27, 13
What the hell is this shit?
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DedValve Sep 27, 13
quote Huntereb
What the hell is this shit?
Close one nostril, inhale this fairy dust with the other nostril and make sure your seatbelts are fastened. Valve is going to take you for a ride.
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Huntereb Sep 27, 13
quote DedValve
quote Huntereb
What the hell is this shit?
Close one nostril, inhale this fairy dust with the other nostril and make sure your seatbelts are fastened. Valve is going to take you for a ride.
I'll think about it when I see it doesn't cost $60 per controller. If they do, I don't need the ride.
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Northern49 Sep 27, 13
$60 might be a good deal, considering it has a touch screen, 16 buttons, and works with any game. Hopefully it supports up to 8 controllers at once. 4 is so N64.
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tekmosis Sep 27, 13
Why is Left mouse on the right side of the controller, and Right mouse on the left? Also, as tendo said where's the standard 4 primary buttons? Having them in a top/bottom-left/right configuration around the middle is totally not standard and I can't really see it working too well.

This controller disturbs me. I don't get why Valve is trying to reinvent something that works. I mean, the two track pads are neat but getting rid of a standard layout for your primary buttons, and swapping left/right mouse clicks to be the opposite? what in bloody hell.
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bluexy Sep 27, 13
tekmosis Because poor Eric is cross-eyed, Tek. Jeez, give him a break, he gets picked on enough for it.
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tekmosis Sep 27, 13
Eric should jump into an industrial sized meat grinder.
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Northern49 Sep 27, 13
Haters be hating.
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Spook Sep 27, 13
Trackpads are awesome.
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