Steam controllers have been discontinued after just four years on sale, Valve has confirmed. The gamepads were intended to revolutionise Steam’s couch play potential, but Valve has seemingly decided to pull the plug on the experiment.
The store page for Steam controllers states there is a “limited quantity remaining”, and Valve confirmed to The Verge that once the remaining stock has gone, that’s it for the controller. We’ve reached out to Valve for confirmation and we’ll update when we hear back.
There is one upside to Black Friday deal hunters, however, as Valve’s discontinuation of the controllers means they’re available for just $5 / £4 plus shipping. You’ll have to be quick though – UK stock appears to have disappeared already, and there can’t be many units left available in the US either.
Whether Valve plans on replacing the Steam controller with a new version or hardware revision remains to be seen. The company has filed patents for an apparent Steam controller v2, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that second version will end up being made. We’ve asked Valve for its plans for controller support going forward.
Valve does at least seem committed to its virtual reality headset, Valve Index, with its upcoming flagship VR game Half-Life: Alyx. The game is coming in March 2020.