Valve Redesigns the Steam Controller, Swapping Out the Touchscreen for Analog Buttons
Last fall, Valve unveiled SteamOS, Steam Machines, and the Steam Controller to show that PC gaming can be done from the comfort of your living room. All of those have launched in beta or prototype form, but now it seems the Steam Controller is getting a bit of a redesign. Valve has been constantly toying with the Steam Controller since it was announced, but is apparently ditching the touchscreen and four corner buttons for a more familiar style. The trackpads are still in place to mimic mouse movements, just now there are ABXY face buttons and a D-pad. A Steam button adorns the middle of the controller where the touchscreen use to be, with what looks like a Start and Pause button on either side of it. Valve says the buttons on the front are analog, but didn't offer anything more than that.
The redesigned controller will be on display at the Game Developer's Conference next week.