Valve released a new video Friday that gives players a look at how the upcoming Steam Controller for the PC will work with games like Portal, Civilization V and others even when they haven't been programmed to do so.
The Steam Controller replaces the traditional thumbsticks on the console controllers with two touchpads that mimic the use of a mouse. This was demonstrated in the video with games like Civilization V and Papers Please. In Civ V, the right pad matches one-to-one movements like a mouse while the left pad is used like a d-pad or arrow keys to move the camera around the screen.
Games like Portal 2 will also support the Steam Controller with what Valve calls "Legacy Mode" where the controller is mapped to keyboard and mouse events that the game expects but is also familiar to those who use console controllers - the left pad is to move, the right pad is to look around, etc.
Developers can choose to support the Steam Controller in Legacy Mode or map specific actions and features to it.
The Steam Controller will be released along with Steam Machines sometime in 2014. Valve is getting ready to launch a beta where 300 lucky individuals will get their hands on prototypes of the Steam OS, gaming PC and controller.
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