A supposed 400,000 steam controllers are currently in circulation. Valve, the well known company behind video game successes such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike created a platform for PC gamers known as Steam. The Steam brand now features it’s own hardware setups, controllers and gaming-optimised operating systems to run on their Steam boxes in an attempt to bring the merits of PC gaming ‘to the living room’.
Retailing at £39.99 on the Steam store, the controller features dual trackpads and haptic feedback to enhance immersion when playing games from their vast array of compatible titles.
Announced at GDC 2016, Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais mentioned that the Steam Controller would undergo revisions to improve look and feel, but that it would have only minor feature updates, stating:
“Maybe we’ll throw extra features in here or there, but the controller’s not gonna grow a new touchpad, or a new set of buttons, or a new major feature.” – Pierre-Loup Griffais, Valve
At this stage it is unknown what timescale Valve proposes for the new revision of the popular Steam Controller.