Valve introduces its awesome new Steam Controller
Earlier last week, Valve unveiled its SteamOS and the Steam Box Hardware, it also announced taht it is working with multiples vendors to launch several SteamOS powered gaming machines which will be launched in 2014.
Now, Valve has announced yet another new device which blends in perfectly with its upcoming eco-system and devices. It is the Steam Controller which sports a unique and interesting design.
The Steam Controller features a fresh new design and has some excellent features, fairly convincing you to give up any previous gaming controllers you have been using on your systems. If you are a little confused about its compatibility, then the solution is quite simple. The Steam Controller will work with any game on Steam, regardless of how old it is.
“The Steam Controller is designed to work with all the games on Steam: past, present, and future. Even the older titles in the catalog and the ones which were not built with controller support. (We’ve fooled those older games into thinking they’re being played with a keyboard and mouse, but we’ve designed a gamepad that’s nothing like either one of those devices.)”
Instead of the classic analog sticks, the Steam Controller features dual trackpads, these are quicker and provide users with mode speed and accuracy when compared to a gaming mouse. These trackpads are clickable and feature haptic feedback, Valve describes this as “a vital channel of information to the player – delivering in-game information about speed, boundaries, thresholds, textures, action confirmations, or any other events about which game designers want players to be aware. It is a higher-bandwidth haptic information channel than exists in any other consumer product that we know of. As a parlour trick they can even play audio waveforms and function as speakers.”
Further, another really cool feature is the touchscreen display which sits at the center of the controller. This displays information related tot he game. Valve says,
“In the center of the controller is another touch-enabled surface, this one backed by a high-resolution screen. This surface, too, is critical to achieving the controller’s primary goal – supporting all games in the Steam catalog. The screen allows an infinite number of discrete actions to be made available to the player, without requiring an infinite number of physical buttons.In the center of the controller is another touch-enabled surface, this one backed by a high-resolution screen. This surface, too, is critical to achieving the controller’s primary goal – supporting all games in the Steam catalog. The screen allows an infinite number of discrete actions to be made available to the player, without requiring an infinite number of physical buttons.”
Finally, the best part about the controller is that it is hackable, this means users and even others will be able to open it for further customizations to suit their and probably also to suit the needs on many others.
For more information check out the FAQs for the controller over at Valve’s website.