Valve’s controller may be getting a thumbstick

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Valve’s entering the hardware game. As masters of service delivery, they’ll soon be deploying licenced third party hardware in the form of Steam Machines; little Linux-powered set-top boxes that die-hard Pc gamers can wilfully ignore. I’m far more interested in Valve’s revolutionary controller with its odd haptic feedback.

The controller’s meant to make PC-centric genres like FPS and RTS games a little easier to play on a controller. That’s great news because as accurate as they are, a mouse and keyboard combo is backwards office tech and has no place in modern videogame input.

Valve set out to re-invent the controller and over the years theirs has gone through a number of changes. According to what  may be the latest reference design, it seems to be becoming more and more like a traditional console-esque gamepad. It now has a left thumbstick, for people who aren’t stuck in 1996 and are afraid of change.

Check it.

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This comes via Steam Database who found the image buried deep within the latest version of Steam’s beta client files. The last physical revision of the controller has been criticized rather heavily, with PC Gamer saying that they "didn’t once feel comfortable, in control, or that Valve’s hardware configuration was in any way an upgrade over a controller with analog sticks"

I think it’s probably better for the thing to have an analogue stick – though I think it would be better if it had two, scrapped the weird unwieldy haptic sensors and was in fact just a standard, tradition gamepad, because those are pretty much perfect already. Right?

Last Updated: July 24, 2014

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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