The redesigned Steam Controller isn’t as radical as the beta version, and is said to launch sometime later this year.
Valve showcased a new version of its Steam Controller at the Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle. The new controller loses the touchscreen buttons, and now features physical buttons. Valve decided to undertake the change as physical buttons would be better suited for backwards compatibility with many games on Steam’s catalogue. The new design would feature a standard A/B/X/Y button configuration.
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It looks like Valve hasn’t zeroed in on a final design for the new version of the controller yet, and is actively seeking feedback from the 300 beta testers. The image above is a render theorizing how the final controller might look like. There is also no clear launch date for the steam controller yet, but it is said to be available sometime later this year, both in retail stores and directly through Valve.
In other Steam Machine related news, Dell has announced at Valve’s conference that its Alienware Steam Machine would be launching in September. It is said to feature Intel’s Haswell processor and an Nvidia video card, but exact hardware details are not known at this stage. Dell has announced that it would be available across different market segments, which means that it will be available in various configurations.
While there is no official confirmation yet, it looks like Valve is closing down Steam Greenlight. Gabe Newell mentioned that the decision to do so was due to Valve’s evolution. He said, “Our goal is to make Greenlight go away. Not because it’s not useful, but because we’re evolving.” More details on this should be forthcoming shortly.