Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Sep 2013 18:51 UTC

We set out with a singular goal: bring the Steam experience, in its entirety, into the living-room. We knew how to build the user interface, we knew how to build a machine, and even an operating system. But that still left input - our biggest missing link. We realized early on that our goals required a new kind of input technology - one that could bridge the gap from the desk to the living room without compromises. So we spent a year experimenting with new approaches to input and we now believe we've arrived at something worth sharing and testing with you.

Where Microsoft and Sony show zero innovation with the Xbox One and the PS4, Valve is the one pushing limits. Their controller is quite, quite unique, and has a whole different approach than what we've seen before - instead of two inaccurate joysticks, it has two super-precise touchpads with advanced haptic feedback and the ability for both absolute and relative positioning. Go read the description - a summary won't do it justice. And, as always: hackable. Yes, even the controller is open and hackable. Wow.

They're on the right track here. If I were Microsoft or Sony, I'd start getting worried.

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RE: Build Quality
by bassbeast on Fri 27th Sep 2013 23:27 UTC in reply to "Build Quality"
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What amazes me is how badly Mr Holwerda has become a fanboy and nobody calls him on it. Sony and MSFT are bad, except when it comes to winPhone as he has one of those and thinks it wonderful so Apple and Google are bad in that case, and he is cheerleading so hard for valve with this he might as well break out the pom poms.

All they did was replace the sticks with many of you LOVE your laptop's trackpad? How many of you think its a better UI than a mouse? With a trackpad it all comes down to how accurate and sensitive they make the pad which means it comes down to price. If Valve goes for the same build cost as an Xbone or PS4 controller? Its gonna suck because you have to trade off performance for low cost.

It is like putting a Razor Naga against the X360 controller and having a snipe off, no contest as they sacrificed response time and accuracy for a lower BOM. Will this work? Well until you can hold one in your hand and its been put through its paces by a site like Anandtech or tom's Hardware I'll avoid judgement one way or another.

But the fanboy flag waving and cheerleading really needs to quit, this is reading less and less like a tech news site and more and more like somebody's blog. Its bad enough that /. turned into Reddit, lets not have OSnews turn into a fanboy blog, okay?

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