Have a Look at Valve's Steam Controller in Action

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HouseFoxx

I for one can't wait to see this controller used in combat flight simulators like Warthunder and World of Warplanes. 1:1 feedback on the controls? Haptic force feedback? Ergonomic layout? Sign me up.

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Shalbatana

Okay did MaxPC suddenly go ad crazy? it's insane, every other click! and the blocks where you have to scroll all the way to the top of the page to hit close are really annoying. Can't they have a close button at the bottom too?

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ANYWAY, I can see that it's not going to replace keyboard and mouse for twitch gaming, but I would like a controller of some sort to supplement my keyboard for my slower games, especially ones that I don't play against others. In that respect this interests me more than say an xbox controller.

What would be even better is if they had a compatibility mode where you could use this on xbox/PS/wii instead of their controllers.

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cribbett123

It seems to me like he has to do a lot of lifting and readjusting his thumb on the track pad as it doesn't cross the whole screen in a single swipe. That would be incredibly infuriating to me..... hopefully thats adjustable.

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educator37

This reminds me of the painful days using an Intellivision controller.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

"....acting like a mouse and keyboard...."

No. Trying to act like a mouse and keyboard. Desperately.

In a FPS, movements are slow and clumsy. Doesn't come remotely close to a mouse.

But, it's a console, so WTF. The kids won't know the difference.

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jgottberg

I was intrigued when I first saw the product announcement on here but after seeing actual game play, I'm no longer intrigued or interested.

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vrmlbasic

Wow, I'd forgotten how low-tech games like Portal 2 looked. Perhaps Valve should upgrade their Source engine before they try and "upgrade" our controllers.

Why isn't he showing us a RTS? TBS games can be played with the 360 controller just fine. It's RTS games that fail without a keyboard and mouse.

Why is this narrator using "um" so often? It is infuriating and, for a professional product demonstration, pretty unprofessional.

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PCLinuxguy

it was to demonstrate how the controller worked on controller friendly games as well as for games that weren't as easy to use a controller with to cover both bases and to try and show that their controller is better at adapting than the traditional 360 or ps3 models.

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vrmlbasic

What non controller friendly games were shown?

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PCLinuxguy

Did you watch the video on mute? The person clearly talks about how it works and what was demonstrated. "papers please" or the last game shown was a KB+M only game. Civ 5 was the other game. Granted a traditional controller might do ok on these but those two were not designed for a controller.

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jbitzer

Hmm, looks like he's really slow at aiming there, I would like to see it against someone using KB&M. I have a feeling he'd be destroyed.

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HouseFoxx

I have a feeling you could easily adjust the sensitivity of the finished product to suit whatever dpi settings you would otherwise use with a mouse, nullifying whatever kind of slowness you dislike. Not to mention, but did you even hear what he said about dual mouse configuration, where the action of the left pad amplifies the action of the right? I have a feeling he would do just fine with enough time to adapt to the new controller.

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Bdiddytampa

This isn't supposed to be substitute for a mouse and keyboard dude, it's supposed to be a substitute for current controllers...

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jbitzer

Dude... you're going to be playing against people using a mouse and Keyboard, so you better be as good, or a lot of people are going to say "F THIS" and rage quit.

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Bdiddytampa

as soon as you get a mouse and keyboard setup comfortably in your living room let me know ;-)

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jbitzer

I have one, I use my laptop. Or I've used a wireless on my lap, a lot of people do it. The point you seem to be missing is that the people playing in their living room will not be just playing with other people in their livingroom. So people on a PC with KB&M will destroy them every time. They will get frustrated, and this will not do well for getting people into playing PC games.

Never in any competition ever has a person on a controller been able to beat people using KB&M, the controller users will be frustrated, pissed off, and eventually stop using the system.

Do I need to use smaller words for you to understand, or do you get it now?

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PCLinuxguy

he would, but I've the feeling a 360 controller might be faster than what he's using now, as it's more familiar than what Valve has done with their gamepad. Once a person has adapted to it they'll get faster.

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igoka

Where is the video ?

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Keith E. Whisman

It's on the internet silly.

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igoka

Yea silly me indeed . My Opera mini didn't show me embeded video lol.