Valve announced Wednesday that it is creating a line of specialized gaming PCs called Steam Machines which run the SteamOS. Details from the beta reveal this includes a controller presumably made by the company as well.
1. Valve Corporation ("Valve", "We", "Us" or "Our") has developed and produced prototypes of entertainment system hardware and software, including a set-top box running custom software and a game controller (collectively: "Beta Products"). These Beta Products are currently being prepared for a limited beta testing program ("Beta Program") involving select end users of Our online service known as Steam ("Steam").
Valve has reportedly been working on PC specific controllers for a while now with three different versions reportedly going through testing at one point. A patent was discovered earlier in 2012 that details one possible controller scheme that features swappable parts including traditional thumbsticks and a roller ball.
All signs appear to point towards Valve announcing a Steam Machines controller Friday, Sept. 27 as the end of the FAQ that was released today includes the following line Q&A line.
Am I going to be using a mouse and a keyboard in the living-room?
If you want. But Steam and SteamOS work well with gamepads, too. Stay tuned, though - we have some more to say very soon on the topic of input.
Valve founder Gabe Newell has expressed his disappointment with Microsoft over Windows 8 multiple times and the announcement of the open-source and free SteamOS plus Steam Machines is a direct shot not only against the software giant's entrenched operating system but gaming consoles from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo as well.
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