Valve wrapped up its trio of announcements a couple of weeks ago by unveiling its Stream Controller, a unique gamepad designed to play with upcoming Steam Machines running Steam OS, the company's other two big reveals. The Steam Controller represents a move away from the traditional keyboard and mouse combo that have been so dominant on the PC platform, but according to Valve, this isn't like other controllers on the market. To prove it, Valve posted a video demonstrating the Steam Controller.
What's supposed to be the awesomesauce component of the Steam Controller is the use of dual high-resolution trackpads as its base. The trackpads are also clickable, so you can use the entire surface as a button.
The Steam Controller uses a new generation of super-precise haptic feedback with dual linear resonant actuators. They consist of small, strong, and weighted electro-magnets attached to each of the trackpads. The idea is to replicate the precise movements of a keyboard and mouse, but within a gamepad that allows playing games more comfortably on the living room couch.
In the following video, Valve demonstrates the Steam Controller in a few different titles, including Counter Strike: Global Offensive without any kind of auto-aim turned on. Check it out and let us know what you think.