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Valve set to ditch touchscreen on Steam Controller

Valve said to be removing touch-screen from Steam Controller to make it more compatible with older games.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Wed, Jan 15 2014 9:00 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:19 PM CST

When Valve announced the Steam Controller, many in the PC gaming world emitted a sigh of relief upon hearing that a dedicated next-gen PC gaming controller was being created. The controller featured out-of-this-world touch pads and even a center placed touchscreen that would be able to display custom buttons and functions.

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Unfortunately, today two game developers have tweeted from the Steam Developer Days Conference that Valve has decided to remove the touchscreen all together and replace it with buttons. The reason being is that the touchscreen distracted gamers too much and Valve wants its users to focus on the big screen in front of them, not the small one on the controller. Additionally, the gamepad's buttons have been reconfigured into a diamond pattern for better backwards compatibility with older games.

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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