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Valve announces Steam Controller

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The_Monk

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Thank you for taking your time to create the thread fellow GAFfer.

I must say that the design is quite interesting, not sure how it will fit in my hands to be honest. I'm curious to try it myself, from all the news Valve gave us this is the one that I could get even if I don't have a SteamOS machine or even if I can't afford a decent PC for now.

The first thing that came to my mind was those mouse with a side trackball on the left side. I know this is different but I wonder how much sensitive it will be for game such FPS's when running and turning fast and then click it is something that happen fast. The quick save/load options on the trackpad seems to fit great on games like Fallout or Skyrim.

I really want to try it out. After all this announcements I'm really start to truly miss PC gaming in a proper way (proper pc parts, proper settings, etc). Let's cross my fingers and see if I can check it for myself.
 

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Finalizer

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Well unlike Sony and MS, at least its something different and a step in a different direction.

Why does it need to be different is the key question though. Sticks are a tried and true input. The trackpads are certainly different, but the big question is are they an improvement? Especially when those pads have sacrificed the D-pad and moved X/Y next to the left pad (can't press them and that pad at the same time; limits some games from being compatible), this controller has a lot to prove if Valve wants it to be at all relevant beyond a cute novelty for the Valve fanatics.
 

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I remember playing games with this thing and hating life. This thing is like a super version of it.

Anyone who keeps posting this picture is just proving to everyone else they can't read and they don't know what haptic feedback is.
 

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I love it. Obviously have to get hands on it, but I have general faith in Valve to do it right.

All the people in here blindly saying it sucks or is too different really expose themselves for what they are IMO. Zero imagination or openness to innovation.
 

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I really want to try this.
Dual analog controllers has never been precise enough for what people are trying to do with it. Watching the best players in the world play Halo and CoD look like novice-to-intermediate pc fps gamers really irks me. Maybe this controller isn't better, but at least it's something different. Don't like the "lalalalal caaan't heeear youu"-attitude towards the blatantly obvious problems with dual analogs thats been going on the last few years.
 

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Dying for hands-on impressions. I won't judge until then. Valve has been big into haptics and bio-whatever stuff for years now, and I trust that they're onto something.
 

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I admire Valve's cajones for releasing a controller without analog sticks. Let's see how it turns out though.
 

riflen

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All I can say is judging from this thread, thank fuck I don't have to use a product designed by gaf posters.
 

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Valve: "Just kidding guys. Now announcing that DJ Hero 3 is coming exclusively to PC, complete with a new turntable controller."
 

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It usually appears that any substantial deviation from the Dual Shock Controller is frowned upon.

I'm not sure what to make of this yet.

I admit I'm a little skeptical, but I don't think it's an ugly controller (it's certainly different). I definitely want to try it out.
 

AngryMoth

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Wow. That is bold. If this was coming from pretty much anyone besides valve I would be mocking it but since it is them I assume it must feel good when you use it. Eagerly await impressions.
 

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It usually appears that any substantial deviation from the Dual Shock Controller is frowned upon.

I'm not sure what to make of this yet.
Fairly, I'd say! Most game input devices that aren't some variation of the Dual Shock (really, the SNES controller) have been bad. Some disastrously bad. Benefit of the doubt has been exhausted.
 

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I think the dual trackpads will make this functional for fps and other cursor heavy kb+mouse games like strategy games. I wanna try it on those.

For games that work best with dpads though, like platformers and fighting games, this thing looks useless.
 

Hari Seldon

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You can't play a competitive FPS on PC with those controllers. Even playing single player is frustrating without autoaim on a PC. Maybe these weird trackpads will allow better precision, maybe not, but somebody had to try something if Valve is really going after comfy couch gaming. People won't keep playing if they are getting destroyed constantly.

Exactly. You can't bring PC gaming to the couch with the limitations of console controlling. There are way too many PC genres that console controls simply do not work with.
 

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Say what you will about the design but I'm really intrigued and I want to try this out really badly now.
 

Eusis

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It usually appears that any substantial deviation from the Dual Shock Controller is frowned upon.

I'm not sure what to make of this yet.
Yeah, gotta get my hands on it. For some games it's a definite pass, but for first person games and strategies I'm definitely intrigued.
 

Karu

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The first few pages are embarrassing. You guys call yourselves gamers and you can't see how awesome this is.

You are officially worse than the people who don't call themselves gamers and look at controllers weirdly. At least they aren't experienced enough to know better.
Pretty much this.

I'm curious and interested. Price would be nice to know.
 

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Haven't read the whole thread yet, but looking at the picture, it seems like a smart idea. If I understand correctly, the trackpads allow you to simulate "mouse look" with your one thumb and AWSD with the other. Finally, a convenient solution for playing KMB games on the TV, without settling for the imprecision of dual-analog? I guess it'd depend on how sensitive the trackpads are.
 

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I'd normally agree with you, but it depends on how well the haptics work. If they can do strong, distinct vibrations that are triggered very precisely, it could work.

Nope. Vibration can never be a proper substitute for real tactile buttons.
 
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