Valve is updating its Steam controller this December, with some great additions.
We’re going to be seeing some sweet new features such as the new Gyro, which is going to make the feeling of movement a lot more natural, especially if you’re using VR of some form. To help with controller input we’re getting a Controller HUD which can show your control inputs on a neat UI. There are also some nice quality updates for mimicking mouse control as much as possible, such as the Mouse-Like Joystick Mode and Mouse Regions. The customisable in game Touch Menu will allow us to set our own ‘hot keys’ or quick access buttons to any game.
In addition to this we will see some nice social additions being implemented. The Home Theater PC and Configuration Traveling allows users to control their media on the PC, and gives you the option to take your controller and configure it at a friends house to play co-op or multiplayer games.
The last update is the most useful in terms of wide spread use – the Steam controller is going to be getting some Non-Steam Game Support. This sounds wonderful as there are many games that aren’t on Steam that a lot of people would enjoy playing with a controller. For example, picture yourself lounging in your chair playing Heroes of the Storm with your brand new controller.
Apart from the December update, Valve have also released a cool video about how the Steam controller is made. Utilizing official Aperture Science equipment, the cheeky autonomous assembly line fits right at home with the Portal testing facility aesthetic. “It turns out that most consumer hardware of this kind still has humans involved in stages throughout manufacturing, but we kind of went overboard, and built one of the largest fully automated assembly lines in the US,” the video’s official description reads.
The Steam controller is currently available online and at most game retailers, so if you want to pick one up, it’s the perfect time of year. If you want to read a little more info about the controller then you head over to the official update pace on Steam.