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Steam controller shown in action

Valve has released the first in what it plans to be a series of videos showcasing the prototype Steam controller working with different kinds of games.

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We've seen the promo shots of the Steam controller and heard generally positive reactions from indie developers, but we haven't yet seen it in action. That changed today, with a demonstration video that shows the prototype being used to control games ranging from the generally console-friendly shooters to more PC-centric titles.

The demo opens with Portal 2 running in "Legacy Mode," so the controller is simply reacting like a keyboard and mouse. The demo moves on to Civilization 5, which assigns the left pad to the camera and the right pad to the mouse pointer, with bottom buttons serving as zoom functions. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive shows off a bit of precision shooting, and then Papers Please uses both pads to control the mouse movement for broad or precision motions. Finally, the video closes with a call for fans to request games they'd like to see demoed in future installments.

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    October 11, 2013 3:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Steam controller shown in action.

    Valve has released the first in what it plans to be a series of videos showcasing the prototype Steam controller working with different kinds of games.

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      October 11, 2013 3:29 PM

      Pretty impressive so far. It was a good selection of games to test the control capabilities. I want to see a video of normal mouse/Keyboard and twin stick gamepad users trying those same games. I think the engineers developing these games could probably get a muscle memory for the controller that a fresh user won't have.

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        October 11, 2013 3:34 PM

        That can be said for all controller types, including mouse/keyboard users.

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          October 11, 2013 3:38 PM

          I am wanting to see the learning curve for the controller. If the person doing the demo took 100 hours to get to that level or if he was a relative notice with both the controller and the games.

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            October 11, 2013 3:39 PM

            edit. spell check fail notice = novice.

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            October 11, 2013 7:27 PM

            Probably less then a analog controller for fps games really. Give someone dual analogs for a fps for the first time and watch them spin in circles and look straight at the ground/sky for about a hour.

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              October 13, 2013 8:33 AM

              Yeah, gamepads suck for shooters - heck, even when you "learn" how to use them they're still far worse than using a M/K.

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      October 11, 2013 3:33 PM

      Looks pretty good!

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      October 11, 2013 3:38 PM

      That blended mouse movement on display with Papers Please is very interesting. It also looks like there's some kind of shiny / glossy layer over the trackpads, but before they appeared to have a matte look.

      God I can't wait to use one of these controllers.

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      October 13, 2013 8:32 AM

      It seems okay for the slower games. Wasn't terribly impressed by it during the FPS games. Still seems slower and less precise than M/K in those types of games, sadly.

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