This is how the Steam Controller works

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Last month, Valve made three big announcements (3? Half-Life 3 confirmed!); their own game-centric operating system, their own console-esque Steam Machines and finally, their very own controllers. While the Steam Controller largely retains the form-factor of console controllers, where it differs is the ability to actually work well with PC games. And here it is in action.

Here’s a video from Valve, showing a prototype version of the controller (without the fancy screen) working in games like Portal 2, Civilization 5, Counter-Strike: Go and Papers, Please!. it it works pretty well actually; my biggest worry with it is the lack of feedback from the touch-inputs. I’d really like to see more of the controller in action like this – which is great, because Valve has promised exactly that.

What do you think? Is it cool and precise enough for PC gamers to even contemplate switching – or are the dyed-in-the-wool die-hards going to stick to the keyboard and mouse forever?

Last Updated: October 14, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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