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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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by drcouzelis on Sat 12th Oct 2013 21:12 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
drcouzelis
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2010-01-11

Looks like a shitty controller concept for an fps.

Looks like an outstanding controller concept for an FPS that is played while sitting on a sofa.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by lucas_maximus on Sat 12th Oct 2013 21:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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2009-08-18

Seriously the current controllers are far better.

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sun 13th Oct 2013 00:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Seriously the current controllers are far better.

Funny observation ... It seems most of the people who complain about controllers are the ones who get their ass handed to them. I can't think of a single high level gamer who I've heard complain about the controller. They just load whatever game, start whipping their opponents, and have fun doing it.

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by WereCatf on Sun 13th Oct 2013 08:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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2006-02-15

Seriously the current controllers are far better.


Why, exactly? The current controllers fare poorly for e.g. strategy games and this Steam Controller seems to fare much better for such games. Once a game has a dedicated support for Steam Controller, however, I would assume the experience is even smoother. I would at least reserve judgement until I can try one for myself, as a video just cannot deliver how the haptic feedback and the controller itself actually feel in hand.

As an aside, I, personally, like the quick access to Steam-specific functionality that the touchscreen will provide, like e.g. quick access to chat and such. You may not care about such and that is your prerogative, but I do find the notion of such features pleasing.

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Carewolf on Sun 13th Oct 2013 10:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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2005-09-08

Current controllers are SO bad the console versions of FPS games have to add several auto-aim and aim assisting mechanisms to even make the games playable.

This controller looks much better than current controller design, though it looks like un-assisted FPS will still be unplayable with it.

Edited 2013-10-13 10:52 UTC

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