Valve just announced the new steam controller for its series of gaming consoles. Here are five fast facts you need to know.
1. The Steam Controller Has No Joysticks
Valve unveiled the steam controller which will be launched with their set of gaming consoles but this gamepad has a unique design. Instead of opting for the traditional joysticks, the device has two circular track-pads with a touch screen housed in the center. According the Valve's website, the controller will essentially serve as a mousepad capable of "higher fidelity input."
2. Valve Has Made The Gamepad More Responsive Than Most Controllers
Designed to work with the entire catalog of Steam games, Valve has engineered this controller to be much more responsive than the typical video game accessory. Infused with advanced haptic feedback, the machine will deliver to gamers information about "delivering in-game information about speed, boundaries, thresholds, textures, action confirmations, or any other events about which game designers want players to be aware." First person shooters will benefit greatly from this creation since it the touch-pads would allow for incredible feedback on the actions taken while playing.
3. The Touch Screen Will Be Interface With The T.V.
The touch screen mentioned above is completely clickable and can appear on the T.V. screen to relay any information so gamers don't get distracted during play-through. The screen will relay any important details you need to know interfacing perfectly with the touch-pads. It provides one of the most immersive gaming experiences you'll have on most consoles.
4.Linux Softwares Enables The Controller To Be Hackable
The open source software embedded in this gadget leaves it open for experimentation for developers. When Valve unleashes the hardware beta to 300 lucky techies, they will have the chance to demo and improve the controller.
5. Valve Steam Controller Will Be The Last Major Announcement
After unveiling their new operating system as well as gaming consoles, this dongle should be the last major announcement this week. The tentative release date looks like it will be in 2014 along with the specified console. Although we still have to wait for the next version of Half-life, Valve is becoming a serious competitor in the gaming landscape.