Valve’s latest Steam Controller revealed, will be on display at GDC

Friday, 14th March 2014 19:31 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Valve has announced that working prototypes of the latest Steam Controller will be on display at the company’s booth at GDC.

The latest version “refines ergonomic aspects of the Controller by adding two diamond-patterned button layouts in the area previously designated for a touch screen display.”

As you can see in the image below, the analog buttons are offered in addition to touch pads, which were featured in the original prototypes.

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  1. klewd

    it kind of looks like a duck

    #1 6 months ago
  2. Joe Musashi

    No. That can’t possibly be right. There is no such redesign.

    I mean, the PC elitists declared the original controller unveiling as The One True Controller. Immediately hailing its perfection and utter dominance. Minor details like first-hand experience had no bearing. It was for the PC. It was made by Valve. It was supreme. End of story. The master race had spoken.

    So something clearly doesn’t add up.

    I wonder what it might be?


    #2 6 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    @Joe Musashi
    First, you are an asshole.

    Second, the first controller is indeed more impressive with touch screen but then cost would be much higher so they nerfed it with buttons and changed XABY buttons because of Xbox pad’s standard on Steam. The old version would not really work with older games and no one would remake controls just for the Steam controllers.

    also, you are an asshole. Cheers.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Stardog

    @2 We didn’t. I actually posted tons of criticism of it, and pretty much told them to use this exact design.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. Joe Musashi

    Hey, at least I’m not an elitist asshole.



    #5 6 months ago
  6. Un-HolyMOTHERofGOD

    So will VG247 be taking plenty of pictures of this thing at GDC? Please do. Me luv you long time.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. derpachu

    @2 says the pony who most likely played the DS3 most of the time these past years. Not an elitist, but a sony pony.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. gomersoul

    Next version comes with analog sticks, you heard it here first!

    #8 6 months ago
  9. polygem

    i really like the design and i am looking forward to check this thing out.

    valve said right from the start that they wanted to tweak the design before it will go into production. it was clear right from the start that what they showed was the basic design concept of the controller but that the design wasn´t written in stone. that´s why they made the beta testing and that´s why we see a redesign based on that feedback now. it was the plan right from the start. they´ve listened to criticism and improved the design…and all that in an impressive speed. isn´t that a good thing? i think it is. it´s also obvious that the basic design concept behind the controller didn´t change much.

    imo this video shows the attitude behind the concept pretty good and i totally like that attitude.

    #9 6 months ago
  10. Djoenz

    I thought the touchscreen looked awesome. Now so many freaking buttons? I hoped to buy a Steambox in the future along with this controller, but it all seems meh to me.

    It was an awesome owl and now I don;t know what it is anymore.

    #10 6 months ago
  11. TheWulf


    Calm down. Just calm down. Take meds if you need to, but calm down. All you’re doing with these poorly constructed and angrily thrown together straw-men is making you look even more sociopathic and dim-witted than you have done.

    So just calm down.

    All I’ve seen people say (including myself) is that it’s promising, and it might drive innovation if it actually turns out to be okay. It might not, but it’s nice to see someone trying something new. And I could (and have) said the same about the Oculus Rift guys.

    No one has said that this is god’s gift to gaming, or even remotely similar. That’s all in your head, and if you’re reading that, you need to seek help as soon as possible.

    It may be good, it might not be. And, frankly, that you’re targeting this with such bile just because it’s being built by a PC provider makes you look all the more mentally disturbed.

    It’s a new approach to building a game pad. It might suck, it might not. It’s new, it’s interesting, it has potential. It’s not immediately the greatest thing ever. It’s not a threat to you or your freedoms, or your way of life, it’s not going to declare war upon you and impose unfavourable ideologies upon you.

    It. Is. A. Game. Pad.

    Calm the heck down.

    #11 6 months ago

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