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Steam Controller hardware revision incoming, following 400K original units shipped

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There are over 400K Steam Controllers in the wild, but Valve are aware the hardware could do with some improvement. With that in mind, there's a hardware revision planned for some unspecified time in the future.

I've heard the Steam Controller is alright for some things, like a lot of our list of best strategy games, for example.

This information comes from a GDC presentation talking about the design of the hardware, the reception and the future. It isn't clear how many of those 400K units are sales, but it's still a decent number of controllers in the hands of players. Hopefully the hardware revision isn't too soon, as Valve might find the ones who did buy it slightly annoyed.

Saying that, the new controller apparently won't bring any new functionality and will be focused on visuals and ergonomics. Though Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais wouldn't commit to the controller's second iteration having no capability improvements at all.

"In the future, we are working on a hardware revision to the controller to improve look and feel," says Pierre-Loup Griffais. "But we're pretty happy with the feature set we have now and do not intend to drastically change it, or even change it at all.

"Maybe we'll throw extra features in here or there, but the controller's not gonna grow a new touchpad, or a new set of buttons, or a new major feature." 

What would it take for you lot to buy the improved controller?

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Kinth! Avatar
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2 Years ago

Main thing it really needs is proper rumble motors. The rumble emulation mode is awful and I miss the rumble form m y 360 pad sometimes.

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subedii Avatar
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2 Years ago

I imagine it's a trade-off.

Personally I've always hated rumble, but regardless, I suspect that not making use of it is one of the factors in its ridiculously long battery life.

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Better Ingredients, Better Pizza Avatar
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The battery life is no joke. I got my SC for Christmas and I'm still using the batteries it came with . . .

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hahnchen Avatar
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2 Years ago

I won't be getting a Steam Controller until they add rumble.

I'm surprised how little people seem to have cared about it compared with when the PS3 ditched it and everyone shouted about it.

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Zidders Roofurry -{EAC}- Avatar
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I've always seen rumble as a kind of gimmick. I can count on one hand how many games utilized it well and have a few fingers left over.

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FishToastie Avatar
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2 Years ago

It has rumble.

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panbient Avatar
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2 Years ago

I'd like to see a built-in battery / docking station kind of like handheld systems. As a more casual strategy sofa / tv gamer it's a fantastic m+kb replacement once you spend the time tweaking the configuration.

Never having to worry about batteries (even if they last well over 100 hours per pair) would definitely get me to buy a 2nd steam controller.

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Clashton Avatar
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2 Years ago

The steam controller has absolutely been the best controller I've ever used. I have two Xbox One controllers and two PS4 controllers, and I can't stand to use them anymore. Luckily there hasn't been any console games I've wanted to play, because it would be hell to readjust to dual analogue controllers. I've been using the Steam controller for everything except RTS. Even Counterstrike and other FPS games, I find I can now keep up using it (I use gyro and right track pad for aiming and it works fantastically).

I would love to see them improve the design, it does have issues. The face buttons aren't the best and I'd like to see an option for a built in rechargeable battery and a base to charge it on. I was going to buy a second steam controller for local multi, now I'll just wait and see what the second version has in store.

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Jnx Avatar
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2 Years ago

I bought one out of curiosity and to be honest I'm a bit disappointed. I found the trackpad very hard to use for controlling camera in third person games and after a while I just went back to my old controller. In racing games I've been quite happy with it since the trackpad isn't used as much. I've yet to try it with games that I normally don't play with a controller, like Bloodbowl or Skylines or something.

But yeah I think traditional controllers do their job extremely well and Steam controller might have a use for playing relaxed strategy games from a sofa or something.

Also, I probably have slightly shorter fingers than average and it's a small annoyance with Steam controller whereas I haven't had any issues with other controllers I've used so there's that too.

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Kinth! Avatar
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2 Years ago

The default mode for trackpad in games is awful, I really don't get why they set it as the default. Try switching it to joystick mode.

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cunningmunki Avatar
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2 Years ago

I bought one when it first came out and I'm certainly not 'slightly annoyed', neither are the majority of people who have left reviews on Steam. It's quite simply the best controller I've ever used, and I use it on a wide variety of game types.

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icheyne Avatar
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2 Years ago

The controller itself is great, but software is the problem. I have had no luck getting it to work with non-Steam games.

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Skipperio Avatar
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2 Years ago

https://www.reddit.com/r/SteamController/wiki/index

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[SCHWIFTY] R1NZ13R Avatar
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2 Years ago

My problem with the steam controller is that the recessed shape of the gamepad itself gives me muscle strain in my thumb and heel of my palm. I feel like I'm being forced into an unnatural position in order to use the face buttons. the track pad is nice, and I actually use the steam controller as a handheld trackball outside of Steam. It's great when I'm on the couch or working from my desk on the other side of the room, but I no longer use it for games in any capacity. I'll put it this way, after attempting to play games using nothing but the steam controller (due to a driver issue with my other xinput devices on windows 10) for a week my hands were just made of cramping and aches.

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