Neoseeker : News : Valve's announces the Steam Controller with dual trackpads, touchscreen, and shared configurations
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Lorx Sep 29, 13
I was taken aback by this at first, but after considering it a couple days, it's really grown on me. I'm looking forward to handling one and will probably end up buying one to replace the need for MotionInJoy/DS3Tool and a PS3 controller for my computer. I won't be so forward as to claim "this is the way of the future!", but it seems like a really interesting and cool idea, and if it's really as precise and easy to use as the developers are claiming, cool beans.
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BIRO Sep 29, 13
quote Northern49
Touch screens are becoming less expensive, and less delicate. What warp in time are you trapped in?
The one where my sister bought a ds about three years ago, and then just last year, and the difference in the quality of the product was substantially different. I should have said "In my experience, as mine seems to be different than most.
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MilehighMario Sep 28, 13
So xbox is trying to become a PC, and PC is trying to become a console. I wish they would just f**k already and get it over with.
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DedValve Sep 28, 13
SteamOS is just a reskinned Linux essentially. If Office and Photoshop work on linux, they'll work on steam.

I doubt it'll leave a dent in windows, even Mac couldn't do that but that's not the point. Valve hated the direction Microsoft was going and knew that at this direction no good can come out of windows 9 and beyond so thanks to SteamOS valve no longer has to put up with Microsofts shit.

Of course PC's as a whole are slowing down thanks to tablets, the way I see it, PC will slowly be phased out. So having a heavy duty "console" like steam machine for the living room and tablets/phones for all your computing needs is a very likely scenario.

tl;dr: The future. *bleep*ing scary.
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Northern49 Sep 28, 13
SteamOS is likely to be a full-featured OS, designed to work in the living room, or the bedroom. As long as Valve can get basic professional software like Office and Photoshop onto the system, it's looking at being a real competitor in the OS game.
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DedValve Sep 28, 13
Because Consoles are close ended experiences. The difference in quality alone between multiplatform games of current gen and PC games are dizzying and that will only increase with next gen despite the leap in hardware. Then add mod communities, ability to use multiple services (rather than being restricted on PSN or XBL, steamOS can also run GOG, Amazon, Onlive, etc.).

If you want a PC for a PC experience then my suggestion is...continue to do what your doing. This is an opportunity for Valve to bring the entire PC experience into the living room and can only further Linux support which is a good thing.

EDIT: I'm dangerously close to sounding like a white knight.

I'll....I'll just step outside until the beta is out.
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Northern49 Sep 28, 13
SteamOS will be designed to support full-suite software, like Photoshop and OpenOffice. That makes it a PC more so than a console in my books.
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tendoboy1984 Sep 28, 13
The Steam Box (whatever) is basically a console that runs SteamOS, which is built on Linux. Consoles and PC's share similar hardware. The difference is consoles are designed to only play games, while PC's are much more versatile. The Steam Box is essentially a console.
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SixYardsOut Sep 28, 13
I just have to say right now that I have no interest in anything Valve are doing at the moment.

Why are they trying to turn PC gaming into a living room console experience?

I play my console for a console experience.

I play my PC for the PC gaming experience.
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DedValve Sep 28, 13
More reactions from devs!

All of them positive especially about the trackpads which confirm that there is a diamond layout that you have to "feel"

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/201195/Select_game_developers_used_the_Steam_Controller_Heres_what_they_said.php
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BluePhoenix Sep 28, 13
Interesting to see how the dual trackpad system will work, im not a massive fan of trackpads as is, so if it plays well i'll be happy.
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DedValve Sep 28, 13
it looks like the diamond abxy layout exists, on the trackpads the haptics let you know when your on top of a "button" so to speak. Those trackpads are all one big button but valve designed them in a way where each direction feels like it's own button thanks to haptics (HAPTICS!).

Interesting...again it's a controller you can't really judge until you have it in your hands.

here is an impression from Tommy Refenes the super meatboy dev. He tested out Super Meat Boy and Spelunky, both games that require twitch reflexes.

http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-4GB/dp/B00D9EPI38?tag=dealnewscom
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Northern49 Sep 28, 13
Touch screens are becoming less expensive, and less delicate. What warp in time are you trapped in?
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BIRO Sep 28, 13
It looks like something I wouldn't want to accidentally drop on my living room floor is what this looks like. I don't tend to drop my controllers very much, but it has been known to happen, and touch screens are getting more expensive, and more delicate.
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