Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Oct 2013 05:02 UTC
Games

Valve issued a video demonstrating its Steam Controller today. The game pad, which features two track pads in lieu of joysticks, is used for its series of Steam Machines, announced in September.

Looks good.

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A controller for the pc on the tv
by bob_bipbip on Sat 12th Oct 2013 18:34 UTC
bob_bipbip
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2009-04-28

I think a lot of people here are failing to see what do we have here.
It is obviously not a pc controller. PC gamers uses mouse and keyboard. But you have to remember who is steam, and what they are trying to achieve. They are a pc software shop who is trying to enter the tv - couch segment.
First, they built the software, the couch interface wich can be used with gamepad, and now devices to plug on the tv. The "piston - steambox" thing is easy to understand, but this controller here is not for just playing games on tv, gamepad are here for that, but to play mouse and keyboard centric pc games on the tv, without the need of mouse and keyboard, which were mandatory for such games.
In that case, this device is pretty efficient.

Edited 2013-10-12 18:35 UTC

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

It is obviously not a pc controller. PC gamers uses mouse and keyboard.

There's no such thing as a "pc controller". There are gaming controllers, which tons of gamers use regardless of using a pc, Xbox*, Playstation*, etc. Yes, many pc gamers use keyboard/mouse. Why? Because it's a highly effective way to play many of the most popular games.

... but to play mouse and keyboard centric pc games on the tv, without the need of mouse and keyboard, which were mandatory for such games.
In that case, this device is pretty efficient.

First, you can already play keyboard/mouse centric games without actually using a keyboard/mouse. Like I said, there are plenty of gaming controllers already available for pc.

Next, I saw the video differently. I saw the ability to emulate keyboard/mouse, but not in any great or really all that usable way when it comes to real gameplay. I absolutely do not see this controller as a good substitute or alternative to using a keyboard/mouse. Further, at least for fps games, it looks like a step backwards from the controllers we already have.

Touchpads are nothing new. This controller concept is nothing new. There's a reason why it hasn't already taken off. So far, neither the steambox nor it's prototype controller are offering anything new, or any noteworthy improvement on what's already available.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, many pc gamers use keyboard/mouse. Why? Because it's a highly effective way to play many of the most popular games.

Because they were made around that mouse+kb interaction, pointing at things.

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