Today at GDC, Valve displayed an image of the final design of the Steam controller on a large poster. The so called, 8 way NeoGeo CD micro-switched joystick, is just an analogue joystick. The left track pad appears to have grooves on it to tell your thumb where north, south, east and west are. Apart from that, it remains pretty close to the previous design that sported a dpad rather than an analogue stick.
I’ll admit, I do prefer this design with a dpad. Even if it uses a PlayStation style dpad with a gap in the middle, it’s better than no dpad. Maybe the grooves on the final design make it really easy to find true up, down, left and right; but I thought the controller software allowed you to totally customise the track pads such as dead zones and positions. Continue reading →
Late last night, Valve announced the Steam Link Micro console. A tiny little machine similar to that of the PlayStation TV where you can stream your Steam games from your PC to a bigger TV over your home network.
I’ve been keeping an eye on PC gear for the last year or so, seeing what’s new and what the prices are like. Our own, Aaron “Diagamblic” Hickman built himself a PC with a bit of help from yours truly. Granted, I might not “NEED” a new PC yet. My machine that’s been going on since 2010 is doing fine, but I am a little tempted in building a new PC just like how a car enthusiast wants to own a sports car.
Nice, but no thanks…
Originally, I wanted to build a machine with multiple graphics cards to get a SLI set up. This is where you run two or three of the same graphics card and make them work together to perform better. Continue reading →
Today Valve presented an image of the latest Steam Controller. As announced back in Mid-January, the Steam Controller now lacks the OLED touch screen in favour of XInput based buttons like a 360 controller. A new feature that was announced today is that the face A, B, X, and Y buttons feature analogue pressure sensors. Which is interesting as an XBox 360 controller features them, and work on the 360 console, but the Windows driver for the 360 pad doesn’t utilise them and treats the buttons as on and off switches. I wonder what games will use them? Could it mean that Metal Gear HD Collection can get a PC port now!?
Personally, I found the original design interesting, but I can how some people might see it as a little unwieldy and unconventional. I’m still interested to know what Valve had in store with the OLED touch screen. Maybe you were able to chance controller mapping whilst in-game without needing to pause it, which might come in handy for online FPS games. But maybe the beta test showed that it might be unnecessary, even though the beta testers got the non-touch screen versions of the first steam controller prototype. Even with the lack of touch screen I’m still hyped about it!
Click the image above to view a side-by-side comparison of the new design over the original prototype.
Kotaku announced an hour ago that the retail version of the Steam Controller will ditch the mini OLED touch screen and reposition the oddly placed face buttons and include a Dpad; making it look like a conventional controller. This mock up drawing shown at Valve’s #SteamDevDays event, shows face buttons in a A/B/X/Y configuration and a Ddpad that looks like just a set of face buttons; I’m assuming that’s because Valve is avoiding infringing Nintendo’s Dpad patent. It’s believed that the 3 pairs of triggers are going to be kept in the final design.
It was announced that the controller will have X-Input support, making it compatible with games that are not from Steam. Making the controller act as if it’s an XBox 360 pad. Meaning that games such as Bastion for example, will work straight away rather than spending time mapping each button on the controller to a keyboard key.
Sound like a better plan now, as there’s now a Dpad and better placed buttons. It’s a shame that the touch screen is gone. Though it makes you wonder what Steam had to offer with it?
OK, I know, to most of you, you may have already heard of the stuff that Valve is making with the Steam trademark. There’s Steam OS, the Steam Controller, and Steam Machines. I like Steam! So let’s have a look into this! Continue reading →