Steam Controller not suitable for pro Dota 2 players, Valve staffer says

Wednesday, 8th January 2014 23:24 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Steam Controller might one day be “90%” as good as a keyboard and mouse setup, but it’ll never be ideal for high-level play in some games, one Valve staffer has said.

In an interview with Polygon, Valve engineer Jeff Bellinghausen said the company is working to get complex PC games working with the twin touchpad controller, citing Dota 2 as an example.

“It’s a real challenge. It’s also something that’s pushing the performance and resolution of the trackpad,” he said.

“For a game like Dota, we’re probably not going to be able to match it perfectly. You’re not going to take [pro player Danylo 'Dendi' Ishutin] and have him play at his level with the controller, but that’s not really the goal. That’s true of the controller in general.”

Currently the controller’s legacy mode allows players to customise the controller to emulate traditional controls, but Valve will shortly release an API allowing developers to built controller-specific support. Valve, of course, is already working directly with the controller, but even so Bellinghausen doesn’t expect to match the performance of keyboard and mouse.

“Certainly something like Dota has a sophistication to it that is going to be challenging. We’re thinking we’ll get 90% of the way there,” he said.

Phil tried the Steam Controller at CES 2014 and found it quite inaccessible, and Matt’s kind of baffled by the whole Steam Machine proposition.



  1. Tormenter

    This article should be labeled PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.

    Articles like these keep popping up.. but they have to. No matter the kind of joypad, it will NEVER match up to Keyboard and mouse.. EVER, however you can certainly getting a better design and functionality than the current range of joypad.. and that’s was Steam have done… I like the Steam controller.. I totally get it and for the games I play it’s near perfect for me.. but it still isn’t perfect overall.. it CAN’T be, it’s as simple as that.. but it’s control scheme certainly comes as close a second as we’ll get.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Hybridpsycho

    @1 Depends on what you’re playing.

    RTS/FPS = Mouse and keyboard

    Third person games (like dark souls) = controller

    But ye, announcements like this are pretty stupid. Obviously this controller isn’t gonna work for DOTA 2 Pros, not for anyone who wants to be even OK at DOTA.

    #2 12 months ago

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