Valve Teases Redesigned Steam Controller With D-Pad And Standard Buttons - HotHardware
Valve Teases Redesigned Steam Controller With D-Pad And Standard Buttons

Valve Teases Redesigned Steam Controller With D-Pad And Standard Buttons

Valve has been tinkering with a new design for its Steam Controller for some time, and there’s finally a prototype upon which to gaze. Valve posted some images of the new controller and noted that they’re currently building 10 of the units by hand that they’ll bring with them to GDC.

“These prototypes incorporate much of the testing feedback we have received so far and the changes that were announced at Steam Dev Days,” reads the post. “Even though our limited internal play testing has been going really well, we're excited to get some feedback from our customers on these latest changes.”

new Steam controller

old Steam Controller
Above: new controller; below: old controller

As you can see, the changes from the original are substantial. For starters, the touchscreen is gone, replaced by two small buttons flanking a glowing Steam logo. The thumb pads are the same, but the standard ABXY buttons have been moved from the area occupied by the former touchscreen and placed in a more standard configuration across from four directional buttons. Also note the L/R triggers on the front (or top, depending on your point of view) of the controller.

Valve is still gleaning feedback from users, so the design isn’t technically finalized.
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I like the newer version better, better button configuration. But I wonder how well the touch pads work.

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Whoa the newer one looks classy but is it me or the ''xyab'' layout is the same as xbox? besides the touch-pad should of made a reappearance but smaller like a rectangle or some sort

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I kind of dislike the direction of this controller now. Although I didn't really like the touch screen, the layout of the buttons felt like they made more sense on the old one. I just hope they don't get rid of the back touchpad-type buttons because those just sound cool! I kinda wonder why the ps4 didn't have that considering the psvita does.

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I wonder if removing the touch screen means a decrease in price. It'll be interesting to see how this evolves over time.

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the new version looks nice but the old one looked pretty slick. i am really excited to see if these touch pads are more accurate than joysticks, i have hard that there will be no "dead zone" when aiming!

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I li***e the design and the sensitives joyestic of this pad

it is the time for them to finalize it as it is supposed to be delivered with Steam Machines that are coming out this year

 

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