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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But not my thumbs. My thumbs remain atop the direction I pushed.

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Kivada Member since:

Then you have a weird method of using the buttons, I, like most people have always laid my thumb across the buttons at an angle with the joint resting in the dead center and just rolled my thumb in the position to press the button and used the spring in the controller to reset, I never had to manually raise my thumbs from that position unless I was trying to not pass out in the MGS electric shock torture for the proper ending as you had to spam the buttons way faster then any single finger could manage.

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Drumhellar Member since:

Now that I think of it, you're absolutely right, and that is how I do use the D-Pad. Bottom of my thumb joint to press down, tip of my thumb to press up, roll it left or right to move accordingly.

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