Valve Unveils The Steam Controller

By Darryl Kaye on September 29, 2013, 8:49AM EST

Valve has officially announced the Steam Controller, which will work with the Steam Machine and all Steam games.

It features a rather unorthodox design, choosing to switch out analog sticks for two trackpads instead. The controller also changes up the focus, with the trackpads promoted to be the central theme of the controller.

The move has been taken to accommodate for the wide range of titles featured on Steam, with the trackpads said to have precision that's close to that of a desktop mouse.

"Whole genres of games that were previously only playable with a keyboard and mouse are now accessible from the sofa," said Valve. "RTS games. Casual, cursor-driven games. Strategy games. 4x space exploration games. A huge variety of indie games. Simulation titles. And of course, Euro Truck Simulator 2."

As with some current analog sticks, the trackpads are also buttons and there are 14 other inputs on different parts of the controller. And in true PC form, users will be able to determine exactly how the controller functions, as Valve claim they've made it "hackable".

The Steam Machine beta is planned for release next year, with 300 people invited to take part.

Source: Steam

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