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The STEAM CONTROLLER Gets A Face Button Makeover


by on January 15, 2014

The Steam controller as it was known yesterday sported touch screens. Today during Steam Dev Days, Valve showed off a new design for the steam controller, which completely omits the touch screens and adds face buttons. Let’s have a look at what they’ve come up with this time around.


Picture courtesy of @TheIneQuation

Valve is hoping that the addition of the buttons will help with backward compatibility. Considering that there are approximately 75 million active Steam users (also announced at Steam Dev Days), most of who probably have a library that dates back pretty far, I would say that they’re in the right mindset not forgetting about the older games. Of course, this is by no means the final version of the controller, as it’s theoretically still in beta. But it is a relief to see them axe the touch screens, which took my award for the weakest point in the controller’s design.

HT: @TheIneQuation on Twitter