Playing PC games on the couch with a controller has gotten easier over the past few years, but let’s be realistic – there are still plenty of games out there that just work better with the precision of a mouse. While a keyboard/mouse setup on the couch can certainly be done, it’s oftentimes not the most comfortable way to play PC games.
That’s where Valve’s new Steam Controller comes in.
Right away, you’ll notice the dual analog sticks commonly found on modern controllers have been replaced with a pair of touch-sensitive circular pads. They work similar to a laptop trackpad – players can move cursors around by touching the pad, thereby making point-and-click and RTS games easily playable without a keyboard and mouse. Valve claims it’s also easy to type with and works well for web browsing.
Sounds awesome, but what about titles that already work well with a traditional gamepad? For your favorite racing games, FPS and RPG’s, the Steam controller offers pressure-sensitive triggers, plenty of buttons, customizable layouts and even motion controls. Whatever type of game you’re playing, Valve wants you to use their controller.
Intrigued? Check out the Steam Controller in action!
The Steam Controller is available for pre-order for $49.99. Valve says that a limited number of units will begin shipping October 16th, and the rest will follow a few weeks later. There’s also a bundle for $100 that includes a Steam Controller and Steam Link. Steam Link is a tiny box that connects to a TV and streams games from any computer running the Steam client on your home network. Steam Link is not required in order to use the Steam Controller, however.
What are your thoughts on the Steam Controller and Steam Link? Will they help bring more PC games into living rooms?