Steam Controller Redesigned To Be More Traditional

Valve has redesigned Steam Controller to a more traditional layout.

More specifically, the company did away with the clickable touch screen and replaced it with stop/play buttons akin to the traditional select and start buttons. The company also added directional buttons and rearranged the action buttons to a more traditional diamond layout similar to that of the Xbox controller.

"The latest version refines ergonomic aspects of the Controller by adding two diamond-patterned button layouts in the area previously designated for a touch screen display," explained Valve. "These analog buttons are offered in addition to the touch pads featured in the original prototypes."

This new layout should make it easier to play console ports and games that support Xbox 360 gamepad. The directional pad would also make the keyboard emulation mode less cumbersome when playing legacy games with no gamepad support.

A Steam Controller is bundled with each Steam Machine released by Valve's hardware partners and it will also be sold separately. The latest prototype of the controller will be showcased by Valve at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) next week.

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Silly Nintendo

I always thought Nintendo was silly because the super nintendo controller was the best layout that company has boasted. Playstation imitated it so Nintendo was like...."oh shoot, we don't wanna be like the rest.....Tripods hold cameras up well, so lets turn one into a controller and slap it on the N64." To me using that controller was nearly as awekward as the old atari controllers. For ever step forward Nintendo takes they take two steps back. Is the reason why they will never be on top again.

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