Valve has shown the Steam Controller in the past, but today is the most updated trailer of the final design. This trailer showcases the versatility of the controller, and pretty blatantly states that this controller is designed for lean back play on your TV rather than on your computer screen.
Is that a bad thing? Not if you’re Valve that’s trying to sell Steam Machines to the masses. Steam Machines are custom built PCs that has Valve’s custom operating system on them, called Steam OS. Steam OS is designed to bring an almost console level interface using Steam’s Big Picture Mode, and focusing on making games as optimized as possible. Steam Machines will range from $450 to $2,000 depending on the PC builder. You can also build your own PC, and install Steam OS on it yourself.
Steam Controllers can be used on almost any PCs, and don’t required Steam OS.
The benefits of this controller lies in the two haptic feedback touch-pads. Which means you feel a tiny rumble as your move your thumb around the touch-pad. That way you know where your thumbs are at all times. Plus, you should not experience “dead zones” on the touch pads. Dead zones are areas on a joystick that don’t register. This can cause loss of aim, or failure of movement. You can see it in FPS games when you try to aim on a precise item but can’t get the reticule exactly where you want it. The touch pad removes dead zones since the whole pad is the sensor.
In the trailer, you see all types of games played using the controller. City builders, action games, and even first-person shooters. If you don’t like the default settings of the controller for that game – you can download custom made settings in the Steam Marketplace created by that particular game’s fans.
If you want to pre-order the Steam Controller, you can do so now for only $49.99. On Oct. 16th Steam Controllers will release with Steam Machines. On Nov. 10th, the public will be able to get the controller.
Will you be picking up a Steam Controller? Let me know in the comments!