Like the Steam Link, the strange one-analog-stick Steam Controller will apparently soon be extinct.
Valve is currently selling its weird Steam Controller for $5 for Black Friday, strongly indicating the experimental peripheral is going the way of the dodo. Valve hasn't explicitly said the hardware has been discontinued, but the massive 90% off discount strongly hints as much. Valve did the same thing when they wanted to get rid of Steam Link inventory back in 2018.
The controller never got a lot of traction because of its odd layout. It features dual touch-pads and one analog stick. You're meant to use the analog stick to move and the right touchpad to change the view in dual-axis games, and the left touchpad is a kind of D-pad. I've tried it out and it just feels too inconvenient.
Even still...it's a controller for just $5.
Valve says it's receiving huge order volume and shipping could be delayed a bit. If you want a Steam Controller, now's the time to bite.
Check below for more info on the Steam Controller:
Experience a new level of precise control for your favorite games. The Steam Controller lets you play your entire collection of Steam games on your TV-even the ones designed without controller support in mind. The Steam Controller features dual trackpads, HD haptic feedback, dual-stage triggers, back grip buttons, and fully-customizable control schemes. Find your favorite mappings in the Steam Community, or create and share your own.
A different kind of gamepad
We've improved upon the resolution and fidelity of input that's possible with traditional gamepads. Built with high-precision input technologies and focused on low-latency, wireless performance, the Steam controller enables you to experience your games in powerful new ways.
The Steam Controller's dual trackpads enable the high-fidelity input required for precise PC gaming in the living room. Allowing for 1:1 absolute position input via virtual controls like a trackball, adaptive centering joystick, or steering wheel, these surfaces can be programmed to serve up whatever a game needs.
Haptic force actuators on both sides of the controller deliver precise, high fidelity vibrations measured in microseconds. Feel the spin of a virtual trackball, the click of a scroll wheel, or the shot of a rifle. Every input, from the triggers to the trackpads, can offer haptic feedback to your fingertips, delivering vital, high-bandwidth, tactile feedback about speed, boundaries, thresholds, textures, or actions.
With a satisfying digital click at the end of the trigger pull, dual-stage triggers can be used as analog, digital, or both types of input at the same time. Put your iron-sights on the sweep-in, and then fire with the reliable feel of a tactile switch, all on the same trigger.
Each of the Steam Controller's input zones and buttons has been positioned based on frequency of use, required precision, and ergonomic comfort.
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