Get a good, long look at Valve’s newly announced Steam Controller. Notice anything different from the controller you have plugged into your PC now? It’s missing analog sticks or a d-pad! Valve’s idea of a controller made for PC gaming uses dual circular trackpads to translate thumb movements into commands. Valve promises that the control method’s “resolution approaches that of a desktop mouse.”
The Steam Controller also features a touchscreen in the middle to be used in ways similar to the Wii U. They can set it to be a second screen, a menu, the player’s inventory, or any other function they wish. The controller screen will pop up on the main TV or computer display when a player clicks it, so they can keep their eyes on the action.
Valve expects community hackers and modders will help bring new functionality to the controller due to its open software.