Following on from their announcements of SteamOS and the new Steam Machines Value have given us a glimpse of the controller we’ll be using with the new consoles. The pad is revolutionary in that it has two track-pads instead of thumb-sticks, which would be found on a current traditional control pad, giving the controller the features of an owl!
It will certainly be interesting to try out how the track-pads work and feel. The creators of the pad admit that the track-pads give much less of a ‘physical feel’ for the user over the thumb sticks, but to counter act this the track-pads will give what is known as haptic feedback to the user. This basically means that sensations will be sent through the pads to provide feelings and information about the gaming environment, things like boundaries, thresholds, speed, textures, action confirmations, or any other in game event. The controller has 16 buttons and thankfully it is also designed to be backwards compatible with all of our old Steam games and software too!
I’m quite looking forward to see how this goes now, and has many people have said, I reckon that Valve must be working hard on a Marquee title to launch the console with. Maybe the next Half-Life perhaps?