Steam Universe part 3: The Steam Controller

Valve’s final announcement is the Steam Controller. Two circular trackpads and an LCD touch screen position themselves neatly on the front of the pad. Valve is confident that this will open new genres of gaming to the “couch gamer” market such as RTS (Real Time Strategy) and MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena).

Steam ControllerA sleek, black rubberized (presumably) finish adorns the Steam Controller and encircles the 16 Buttons accessible at all times.
controller_schematicFrom first glance, the design reminds me of a mix between Razer’s LCD keyboard screen, an X-Box 360 controller, and some form of Logitech designed PC controller. How will it work? Well we won’t know for sure until the Steambox ships mid-2014.

Valve’s full announcement can be summarized into a few bullet-points.

  • Designed to work with the entire Steam catalog.
  • High precision, low latency technology.
  • Haptics:¬†The Steam Controller is built around a new generation of super-precise haptic feedback, employing dual linear resonant actuators. These small, strong, weighted electro-magnets are attached to each of the dual trackpads. They are capable of delivering a wide range of force and vibration, allowing precise control over frequency, amplitude, and direction of movement.
  • Dual Trackpads.
  • Touch Screen
  • 16 Buttons
  • Shared Configuration: In order to support the full catalog of existing Steam games (none of which were built with the Steam Controller in mind), we have built in a legacy mode that allows the controller to present itself as a keyboard and mouse. The Steam Community can use the configuration tool to create and share bindings for their favorite games. Players can choose from a list of the most popular configurations.
  • Completely hack-able and open for development. Valve wants to see just what we can do with this peripheral.

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The full release can be found at Steampowered.

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