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Valve unveils Steam Controller, promises PC-like accuracy

By Jos
Sep 27, 2013
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  1. Valve is closing off the week with the last of three major announcements: a controller designed to work with the company's living room focused Steam Machines. Aptly named Steam Controller, the device is shaped like a standard game console controller,...

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  2. customcarvin

    customcarvin TS Enthusiast Posts: 103   +8

    When? And, How much? I want to try now! :)
     
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,549   +852

    This will either work fantastically, or it wont work well at all.
     
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205

    Naturally skeptical, but I would love to give it a try.
     
  5. I have a hard time believing it will be mouse like accuracy, but I'm sure with statements like that it will be a vast improvement over standard console controllers.
     
  6. Color me underwhelmed. I just don't really see this (Steam console) taking off. Just give us HL3 and stop it with all this wasted time on another game console.
     
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  7. True, it's hard to see this taking off (and I want HL3). But this controller could be really sweet. If the accuracy is near what they're claiming, I would buy the controller for my PC (for more casual games).
     
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  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    If it doesn't cost three times the price of a standard controller, I will be utterly shocked.

    As far as the Stream console taking off, I'd much rather have a Steam console than any other.
     
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  9. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,558   +598

    You guys who say "it won't take off" don't realize what Steam has to offer over consoles.

    - Over 3000 titles available, complete with DLC
    - Indie titles you can't get on the PlayStation or XBox
    - Ability to share your game with 10 people
    - Steam sales
    - Lower PC style prices for new releases I.e., $50 for a PC game compared to $65-$70 for the PlayStation or XBox
    - User generated content available - like the 3rd party L4D2 maps
    - Steam Forums and User Groups
    - Friends tracking
    - Better graphics
    - Upgradeable box
    - Player workshops to develop new content for your favorite games

    From strictly a gaming standpoint, I don't know why anyone would bother with a console when you have that available to you.
     
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  10. The reason is because only Linux compatible games run natively on the Steambox, all the other games that only run on Windows require a Windows-based gaming PC to stream from. This isn't a console killer, it'll appeal to preexisting Steam users who want to play on their TV too.

    A gaming PC and a Steambox will cost a lot more than a PS4.
     
  11. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Maniac Posts: 288   +105

    If I could add to the list I would, but you sir covered all the bases :)
     
  12. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,423

    How long before it is out? I need time to grow all the extra fingers...
     
  13. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,290   +239

    Unless developers and publishers take note and start releasing Linux versions of games from this point forward. In which case your existing gaming PC will work for streaming any titles up to now, and your Steam Machine can play all of the new SteamOS titles.

    Bottom line: If people start developing Linux versions, at some point (relatively quickly) your argument becomes moot. Consider it the equivalent of buying a new console and having to keep the old console around because they decided not to provide backward compatibility with the next gen stuff. It happens ALL the time with typical consoles. Why should SteamOS be any different right out of the gate? At least with the Steam Machine solution, you can stream through the new console, rather than having to switch between new and old...
     
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Looks really cool I cant wait to try this out.
     
  15. Ravey

    Ravey TS Rookie Posts: 20

    I can see why there is a lot of doubt on how well this new controller can perform. After all. To the pro PC gamers, it's still a console controller. How could that possibly give you the accuracy of a mouse on an FPS (counter strike) game?

    Forget the keyboard. We all know that WSAD config can be controlled by the left side of the control pad quite easily. It's aiming and pointing that will be the problem. As you are taking the motion of the whole hand and condensing it to the thumb.

    On current console controlled pads it's next to impossible to aim with the tumb alone. On a mouse it's easier because you have the support of your wrist to guide your hand to the target.

    Now we need think fingers and aposable thumbs. Fingers are for pointing. Thumbs are for gripping. It's much harder to point with your thumb! (Do you use your thumb to use a touch screen?)

    This is what this controller has to overcome. It has to turn the thumb into a finger that is accurate enough to headshot a target in counter strike for a novice. If the controller can do that it's going to be a huge success. If it can't.... Steam will have to go back to the drawing board.
     
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  16. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    Lack of tactile feedback will be annoying for me, Like trying to play with a tablet on screen controller.
     
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  17. The controller's trackpads make me think of laptop trackpads which are anything but good for gaming. I have a hard time believing this will be comparable in accuracy to a mouse. Just give us Half Life 3 Valve...
     
  18. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Maniac Posts: 350   +112

    It doesn't look like it has enough buttons to me...
     
  19. TomSEA, for your information...we're talking about a Steam for Linux and not Windows, a substantial difference. Let's not run around the bush, most Linux games are poor, nothing compared to the triple A titles that are available to Windows and console users. Valve isn't going anywhere without the support of major developers, so all the benefits that you see, are just "potential" benefits, a lot of "wishful thinking". Give me one good reason why developers like Rockstar who already refuse to release games like Red Dead Redemption and GTA V for PC, would be encouraged to invest in a minor OS instead, when they already sold 15 million copies of GTA V and made over more than a billion in 11 days? It makes no sense.
     
  20. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 828   +54

    My windows games library won't run on this Linux box. Unless they can emulate but that's not going to be pretty is it :)
     
  21. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 457   +54

    I don't think touch pads are a good replacement for d-pads and tactile analog buttons. Or a mouse and keyboard.
     
  22. Amen to that!
     
  23. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 813   +93

    I'm SOLD
     
  24. For those that don't understand why there are some that feel this won't take off.....
    You just described an HTPC, which anyone who wants one already has one. Console gamers are not going to flock to this. The number of games available is not relevant as 99% of those games are not games that console gamers care about anyway. I realize there is an exception to every rule, but the number of exceptions (percentage wise) is miniscule. This device is for PC gamers who might want to play on their 65inch. A very small percentage. I am a PC gamer, I have a large TV in my living room, easy enough for me to play on it if I want to without the need to drop hundreds of dollars on this device. I understand there will be some people that will want this, but again, very small percentage. I like Valve. I like their games and I have even grown to like Steam. I just feel that most people who would want functionality (PC gaming in the living room) already have it. Maybe I am wrong and this thing will put PS and XBOX out of business, but I doubt it will even make a noticeable difference. I already play PC games at both my desk and in the living room. This is just another device to spend money on to do what anyone can already do.
     
  25. technogiant

    technogiant TS Member Posts: 30   +14

    Yeap....when using a controller many people just sort of flick the stick momentarily against the spring for a small movement.....this thing would take some getting used to....and may not be superior to normal controllers
     

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