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You Can Finally Get a Look at the Steam Controller

Valve has finally given us a look at their Steam controller.

Featured above, you can view the debut trailer for the Steam controller. Much like the previous designs we’ve seen, the controller has dual trackpads with HD haptics, and more.

Here are the key features of the controller:

  • Dual trackpads
  • HD haptics
  • Analog stick
  • Dual-stage triggers, each with 10° of travel, a magnetic flux sensor, and a tactile switch
  • Gyroscope and accelerometer sensors enabling tilt-to-steer racing wheel functionality and other motion-controlled input
  • Configurable controls
  • Local multiplayer capability, as supported by games
  • Wired or wireless (dual mode)
  • USB 2.0 via Micro USB port (cable not included)
  • Estimated 5 meters of wireless communications range. Actual results may vary.
  • Provides up to 80 hours of standard game play using the included AA batteries during preliminary testing. Battery life will vary based on usage and other factors, such as type of batteries used. Actual results may vary.

The Steam controller comes with the following:

  • Steam Controller
  • 2 AA batteries
  • USB wireless pairing dongle

The Steam controller will require a Steam Machine, or a computer capable of running Steam Big Picture Mode.

You can pre-order the Steam controller here, via Steam, for $49.99.

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16 comments
  1. ashikenshin
    ashikenshin
    June 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    looks pretty cool, the typing looked too fast to be real though. Maybe if you use that controller to chat for straight 5 days then maybe… i don’t know.

  2. vonSanneck
    vonSanneck
    June 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Seems too much like an advertisement rather than demonstration so this is just them saying “yes, it can be used like a keyboard”. I’d rather see actual demonstrations done by new and adapt users rather than masters.

  3. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    June 4, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I still don’t like the look of the controller :(

  4. Mimi Ignobilia
    Mimi Ignobilia
    June 4, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Started laughing they mentioned the AA batteries. Already a hideous controller to begin with. If I wanted to use a trackpad as a joystick, I’d just use my phone.

  5. deadeye
    deadeye
    June 4, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Really interested in this.

    Controller designs have kind of amalgamated into one basic thing, so it’s nice to see something new, even if it doesn’t end up being great.

    Also, up to 80 hours? That seems like a lot for two AA batteries. I wonder how long they’ll last with constant use?

  6. Narmy
    Narmy
    June 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I can’t believe they are using AA batteries instead of a rechargeable battery in 2015. Also, no real d-pad makes it useless for most of the games I play.

  7. Fenrir7
    Fenrir7
    June 4, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    AA batteries! XD

  8. Cred
    Cred
    June 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Yeah, I get it’s meant to cut down the price and we can use rechargeable AA but they could have offered a more expensive version with rechargeable batteries instead to order online.

  9. Sunny
    Sunny
    June 4, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Batteries? Not rechargeable? Are they serious?

  10. sanic
    sanic
    June 4, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Y’all know you can buy rechargeable AA batteries right? The no Dpad is dumb though.

  11. Crizzyeyes
    Crizzyeyes
    June 4, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Forgive me, but what the hell is “HD haptics?” Haptic feedback is tactile feedback, i.e. touch and rumble. So how in the world can you have high-definition haptic feedback?

    Interested to try one, but I would never go out and buy it without getting my hands on one first.

  12. gusroar
    gusroar
    June 4, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    What’s wrong with AA batteries? I’ve been using rechargeable AA batteries for years. They’re cheaper and can be used in more than just your gamepad. It’s a much better option than selling an expensive proprietary solution, or even worse have the batteries integrated into the controller so when they no longer charge the controller is done.

  13. gusroar
    gusroar
    June 4, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I’m pretty sure the left track pad is also a dpad.

  14. gusroar
    gusroar
    June 4, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Rechargeable AA batteries are a thing you know.

  15. spikain
    spikain
    June 5, 2015 at 4:26 am

    I’m pretty sure it’s not as comfortable as a regular d-pad.

  16. Nagato
    Nagato
    June 5, 2015 at 4:41 am

    I know I’d take some solid AA batteries like Eneloops over crap like the Dualshock 4 with its built-in batteries that last only a couple of hours, to the point where many simply consider it to be a wired controller.