Have you seen those new Steambox controllers? They're certainly a bit different from what we PC gamers are used to, but they're even a bit weird looking for our console cousins. That said, this a controller that's designed to offer the functionality of a mouse and keyboard, whilst also giving the ease of use of a console controller.
It's easy to imagine how it might fair in typically console affairs like racers and beat-em ups, but what about on a very PC orientated title like DotA 2?
That's what we get to see in this video from the guys over at Trial by Game, who've had a go with the Steambox controller and unfortunately with a game like DotA 2, found it wanting. There's difficulty right off the bat in that there aren't really enough buttons to provide the same level of functionality as a keyboard's shortcuts.
With a bit of remapping and playing around this got a little better, but it doesn't seem likely that a controller set up, even one as finely tuned as possible, could match a mouse and keyboard on a MOBA.
But what about other games? Can you guys think of any specifically PC titles that might work well on a Steambox pad? Maybe Mount and Blade would work?