With the Steam OS as the software and the line of Steam Machines providing the hardware, it’s not that surprising that indie game company Valve would unveil a proprietary controller to bridge the gap between the two. The Steam Controller is hackable, programmable, and apparently works with all games available on Steam, the company announced Friday.
From an aesthetics point of view, the Steam Controller doesn’t look much like any traditional console peripheral — for one, there isn’t a joystick. Instead, the controller relies on two trackpads that allow for freer movement and haptic response. The sixteen buttons on the controller include two that flank the inner sides of each track pad and two on the back of the peripheral. Finally, a touch screen similar to the one offered on the Ouya controller is in the center, enabling users to make certain multitouch actions within the game.
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