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.
Still, as flawed as the original design was, I’m still curious about it. It’s OLED screen, the weird positions of it’s buttons. It’s funny how we’ve seen the Steam controller evolve over the last 2-to-3 years. The internet has allowed as to see a working design go through several phases before it’s then made final.
It would’ve been cool to be a part of the Steam Machine Beta program to actually try out the early design controllers. But sadly it was only for those who lived in the US, and the chances to actually receiving the huge wooden box with the console and controller was really low. I bet people who were on the beta program might have already sold their machines on eBay or Craigslist. I would actually love to get one to try the beta controller out, but I know it’ll cost a lot money, more so than the actually final controller, which is wireless, whilst the beta controllers aren’t.
The Steam controller will be released in the US in November for $49.99, a bit pricey in my opinion, but seeing as PS4 and XBox One controllers are at the same price, I can see why Valve has picked this price. They’ll be a Steam Link bundle pack that will include a controller for $99.99, which is fine, but seeing as the Steam Lin costs $49.99 too, there’s not a lot of point getting the bundle if getting them separately costs the same. Chances are I’ll be getting the bundle anyway as I want both the controller and the Steam Link, I’m just hoping that I won’t be waiting too long for a UK/European release of these two pieces of kit!
What do you think of the final design of the controller? Are you getting one? Will you be getting the Steam Link Bundle? Tell me in the comments below!