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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I can't remember the name of the controller I had. It was about 50% larger than the normal controller, with white buttons/d-pad, and 2-speed turbo per button. I ended up playing just about every game with the little thumbstick screwed in. It wasn't much taller than the analog sticks on current console controllers, and have a small divot on the top to fit the thumb. It was very comfortable!

It was a very sad day when that controller died and I had to go back to using the normal NES controllers. To help alleviate the pain a tiny bit, I moved the d-pad and buttons over from the other controller. I had white buttons, baby! ;)

I think a lot of my issues may also be due to the size of the original NES controller ... way to small for my hands/wrists. The Super NES controller was much better for that.

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I always hated the NES controller, but loved the Sega Master System one. Instead of four pointy directions, it had a rounded square (so it was MUCH easier to do diagonals) and the buttons convex instead of concave, much as almost all modern controllers are now.

Damn you Sega, why did you have to drop out of the hardware business?

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