A better look at the updated Steam Controller

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 14, 2014 12:30pm PDT

Valve announced it would be changing its Steam Controller at Steam Dev Days. The invite-only event let us know that the controller had dropped its touch screen in favor of physical buttons. Unfortunately, we couldn't get a proper look at what the controller now looks like. With Game Developers Conference around the corner, Valve has offered a better look at the updated controller.

"The latest version refines ergonomic aspects of the Controller by adding two diamond-patterned button layouts in the area previously designated for a touch screen display," a Valve representative described in an email. "These analog buttons are offered in addition to the touch pads featured in the original prototypes."

The addition of buttons--especially those that align with the now-standard Xbox configuration--should make switching to a Steam Controller much easier. However, it also makes the controller less unique, which may make it a difficult sell for gamers that are perfectly content with their Xbox 360 controllers.

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