And Valve caps this week off with…

On the heels of announcing SteamOS and the new SteamMachines, Valve is concluding this week with the announcement of the Steam Controller! Unfortunately, this news is to the woe of many gamers excited for the announcement to be Half-Life 3 (or Left4Dead 3, or Portal 3, or all of them).  Nevertheless, this is still exciting news from Valve, so without further ado, meet the final addition to Valve’s living room experience:

According to the press release, “the Steam Controller is designed to work with all the games on Steam: past, present, and future. Even the older titles in the catalog and the ones which were not built with controller support.”  So those of you who will want to play games like Mass Effect with a controller rather than the keyboard can do so with ease now.  Valve claims they have designed their new controller to have input fidelity (low latency and high precision performance) superior to any currently available that can be used from the comfort of your couch with either a up-and-coming Steam Machine or with your current PC setup.  Features include:

  • Dual trackpads: Clickable, high-resolution trackpads replace joysticks
  • Haptics: Electro-magnets within each trackpad allow for “precise control over frequency, amplitude, and direction of movement.”
  • Touch screen: Present in the center of the controller, and also clickable.  Available for easy scrolling through your large catalog of games that you haven’t played yet.
  • Sixteen buttons: Symmetrically placed based on comfort and frequency of use, with 2 in the back
  • Shared configurations
  • Hackability: Allows for players to design their own configurations for games and share with the world.

This seems like a pretty functional controller, but it does deviate from the norm in how it looks and probably how it feels as well.  What do you think?  Was this the best option to keep for last? Or do you wish you had your Half-Life 3 fix instead? Let us know in the comments!