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Valve Steam controller redesigned for familiarity

The latest iteration of Valve's Steam controller loses the touchscreen, but adds familiarity.
The latest iteration of Valve's Steam controller loses the touchscreen, but adds familiarity.
Valve Corp.

Valve shared a new photo of the prototype Steam controller Friday. The updated design borrows more from convention with four directional buttons situated on the left-hand side of the controller, and four Xinput-style buttons (i.e. A, B, X, & Y) on the right. Those who are familiar with Microsoft's Xbox controller will feel comfortable with Valve's, even if they did leave out the joysticks. In fact, the new Steam controller buttons match the Xbox One controller's color scheme.

“We’re excited to get some feedback from our customers on these latest changes,” says Valve.

A few new buttons are not the only change to the new gamepad, however. After controlled beta testing, Valve has chosen to nix the front and center touchscreen in favor of a central Steam home—for lack of a better word—button which glows white when powered on. On either side, there is a smaller button; one appears to be a start button, while the other may be a stop button. At this point, not much else is known about the controller, but Valve plans on showing off the controller more at this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC), where folks in the industry will be able to get a hands-on experience.

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