Valve Alters the Design of Steam Controller – Traditional Buttons Added

By   /   Mar 15, 2014

Valve showed the prototypes of the Steam Controller in January and gave their word that they will redesign the Steam Machine’s Controller if the need arises. Initially the controller supported a different and unique gamepad design, which featured touchpads on the places where usually the analog stick are found.

These controllers were tested in a limited 300 unit Steam Machine beta and it looks like the response of the testers has forced Valve into changing the design to a more regular one. Now Valve has come up with a stylish design which include buttons.

The new design will feel similar to the users of the consoles as you can see in the image above, it comes with A, B, X AND Y buttons on the right side and has four directional buttons like the PS4 controller on the left side.

The middle of the controller looks very similar to a home button of the Xbox and PlayStation controller and on its sides, you can see the start and select buttons. The removal of the touchscreen might be a good move because the player’s now have gotten quite used to the controllers available in the market right now.

Valve said in an email:

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. These analog buttons are offered in addition to the touch pads featured in the original prototypes.

The steam controller will be a part of the official Steam Machine by Valve and they will also be available to be purchased separately. The new controller will be shown at the Games Developer Conference which will be held from 17th to 21st March next week.

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