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    Phoronix: Valve Is Showing Off A New Steam Controller

    One week ahead of the Game Developers Conference, Valve has a new Steam Controller...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTYzMDQ

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    Seriously? The first prototypes with the touchscreen looked really inovative, but this one? Well, one image says more than thousand words:

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    • #3
      Originally posted by TAXI View Post
      Seriously? The first prototypes with the touchscreen looked really inovative, but this one? Well, one image says more than thousand words:

      Simple reason it's to provide good compability with games that already work with the most popular controller the xbox 360 gamepad.
      It's seems a bit cheesy but I for one think its the right thing to do!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TAXI View Post
        Seriously? The first prototypes with the touchscreen looked really inovative, but this one? Well, one image says more than thousand words:
        Same as SNES, Dreamcast, PS, PS2, PS3, PS4, XBOX, XBOX360, XBOX ONE. Seems to work for all of them, why change it But you somehow missed the huge difference, the analog "sticks", the shape and the layout of these controls.

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        • #5
          The #1 feature of the Steam Controller are the touchpads, and nothing has changed with the new layout. The Xbox-style buttons aren't neccessary for all games, but nice to have anyways.

          Also Michael, if you run into Valve guys (which you probably will), ask them about a CS: GO status update :-)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TAXI View Post
            Seriously? The first prototypes with the touchscreen looked really inovative, but this one? Well, one image says more than thousand words:
            The new design is based on "consumer feedback". People hate change, so it's going to look similar as similar to current controllers as valve will allow.
            I personally liked the first design better.

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            • #7
              i like this controller. you already have 2 touchpads, why a 3rd? I just hope they dpad one set of the buttons although that might kill the ambi controls.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TAXI View Post
                Seriously? The first prototypes with the touchscreen looked really inovative, but this one? Well, one image says more than thousand words:
                Innovative does not equal good. Some innovations are just crap.

                That actually looks really good! Discrete buttons for the d-pad - hell yes! What a great idea! Who cares that playstation 1 did it first, it's still a great idea, ps has always had the best controllers around so if you're going to copycat someone, you could do much worse.

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                • #9
                  Much prefer the original design they promoted. This one with no LCD and old style 2 x 4 button diamond array, I would NOT purchase.

                  Do they really understand the importance of standards? If they release hicklety pickle standards then gamers will not be measured between each other for talent as it will come down to what controllers they have.
                  Last edited by e8hffff; 03-15-2014, 02:27 AM.

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                  • #10
                    I don't get this whole controller thing tbh. They are using off-the-shelf parts for hardware and software, could also go with XBOX or PS controller derivatives. Wasting time on their own controller seems like some pointless marketing/signature idea.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by log0 View Post
                      I don't get this whole controller thing tbh. They are using off-the-shelf parts for hardware and software, could also go with XBOX or PS controller derivatives. Wasting time on their own controller seems like some pointless marketing/signature idea.

                      Well the original controller they promoted was innovative so it was worthy of a release. I was intending to buy one even though I may not have a Steambox. Now they have gone off tracks. Adding button is desperate and probably to reduce costs of not having a LCD and the driver chips.

                      I only had a quick read but it seems they are hashing out various controller combinations and maybe picking then. Just stick with the first one announced to public and stop this division and desperation.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by log0 View Post
                        I don't get this whole controller thing tbh. They are using off-the-shelf parts for hardware and software, could also go with XBOX or PS controller derivatives. Wasting time on their own controller seems like some pointless marketing/signature idea.
                        Remember that Steam currently mainly sells PC games. The controller was the largest obstacle of this whole project. The needed a controller-like device to play PC games with.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by clementl View Post
                          Remember that Steam currently mainly sells PC games. The controller was the largest obstacle of this whole project. The needed a controller-like device to play PC games with.
                          Because there are no controllers/gamepads available for PCs?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by log0 View Post
                            Because there are no controllers/gamepads available for PCs?
                            None that work great with games that are designed to be controlled with a mouse.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by e8hffff View Post
                              Just stick with the first one announced to public and stop this division and desperation.
                              Yes because incorporating market feedback into the design, which was the entire goal of the beta units, is clearly and act of "division and desperation"

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