Valve Shows Off It’s New Controller In Action, And It’s Rather Impressive
During the week where Valve decided to make three (yes, three) announcements regarding their entry into the console market with their Steam Machines and SteamOS, there was a lot to be excited about. Except for the third reveal, which detailed Valve’s new controller that replaced traditional thumbsticks with trackpads. I was coloured sceptical.
And I still am, but a new video from the studio showing off their controller prototype working with games such as Portal 2 and Civilization 5 has be a little bit more interested in the device. Especially because it actually looks like a viable replacement to a keyboard and mouse.
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In the video above, you can see just how scarily accurate and fast the controller is with first-person titles, making me wonder how it would stand up to those still using a keyboard and mouse on the competitive front. Granted Portal 2 isn’t exactly a test considering it has a console port and is clearly designed to be used with a controller in equal measure, but seeing a game such as Civilization 5 navigated with such ease using the controller is quite special. It actually makes me believe that this could become a living room staple.
However, there are still a few gripes to be had, namely the fact that the person playing was constantly having to life his finger and place it back in the middle of the trackpad when making sharp movements, but I’m guessing this can be tweaked with some form of a sensitivity setting.
So I for one am not entirely sold yet, but I do see where Valve is going with this idea. And so far the future is looking a little bit brighter.