Steam’s bespoke haptic controller pad could be on sale as soon as October, according to a source in the hardware industry. The controller is also one of the final pieces of the Steam Machine puzzle, and their release could well herald in the first wave of SteamOS-powered PCs at the end of the year.
Divulging the information to PC Gamer at PAX East, the source explained that the controller will be ready for release at the end of the year, with an “October or November” window mentioned. Also revealed was that 500 games are expected to be supported by SteamOS by the end of the year, up from the currently supported 382.
The new design of the controller, with its traditional face buttons replacing the prototype’s more quirky touch screen panel, is the final hardware element of Steam Machines to be worked out. With a design in place and a release into public hands, the source expects Steam Machine PCs to follow very closely and before the year ends.