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Take a good look at Valve's Steam Controller

The Steam Controller is designed to bridge the gap between control pad and mouse.

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PC gaming is great, but sometimes you just want to kick back on the couch with a big screen. Games designed for play with keyboard and mouse don't work so well in a living room set up, and all the wireless keyboards and lap desks in the world can't solve the problem.

Valve is hoping its new Steam Controller will. It features a couple of big track-pad like areas - one with a D-pad - as well as an analog stick, face buttons, haptic feedback and pretty fancy triggers.

Valve reckons the pads are precise and comfortable enough to play mouse-centric games with, so combined with Big Picture mode and one of the new Steam Machines releasing in November, you should be able to get a decent console-like experience - with the openness of the PC platform and all the treasures of Steam.

The controller is priced $50/£40, and is currently available for pre-order in the US and UK through this store page.

We'll see, hey? Here's Valve's sales pitch on the new controller.

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