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Steam Controller update improves Mouse-Like Joystick, RPG/RTS use, and more

After a month of being available, Valve has delivered an important update to its Steam Controller.


Valve’s Steam Controller launched last month, and today, the company has released an update for the input device that improves several aspects of use.

Valve has improved the Steam Controller’s Mouse-Like Joystick control option, which allows users to play games that don’t support simultaneous mouse and gamepad input to be able to do so with the controller. The controller also now supports Mouse Regions and Touch Menus, both of which can be extremely helpful when playing real-time strategy or role-playing games.

The Steam Controller now also can be used when you’re outside of Steam for text entry. Today’s update allows users to create a configuration to use their controller on their desktop, which those who own a home theater PC will get the most use out of.

Valve also has some additional features expected to release in the next Steam Beta client, which is available today. The beta will allow the Steam Controller to travel with their controller’s game configurations, which only requires them to register their controller to download configurations from your account. Non-Steam game support will also be supported in the Steam Beta client, which automatically find configurations from other users to be used in non-Steam games.

In addition to today's update, Valve has also published a video showing how its Steam Controller is created. You can check out that video below:

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    December 11, 2015 6:57 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Steam Controller update improves Mouse-Like Joystick, RPG/RTS use, and more

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      December 11, 2015 11:30 AM

      Well, I haven't people raving about this in chatty, but haven't seen it being flamed as terrible either. I put it on my Christmas wishlist as one of those things I'd mess with, but probably wouldn't buy for myself. Would probably grab on if it ever went on sale.

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        December 11, 2015 12:08 PM

        It's terrible. Bought 2, already sold on ebay. Unresponsive. Even though there are options to try to optimize its controls (the default settings are pretty much useless for most games likely to how new it is. however, even after wasting ~30-60 min fiddling with things to make the settings "correct", it still stunk.)

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          December 11, 2015 12:18 PM

          Problem with your PC? I play with the wireless on mine and it feels very responsive

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          December 11, 2015 12:36 PM

          On the contrary, I have been loving it. Been playing FO4 on the couch and although it takes a little getting used to, it's perfect for that application. You won't be BLOPS3ing people's faces off, but being able to play banner saga on my couch and then swapping to the desktop and typing on the controller is cool as fuck.

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        December 11, 2015 1:41 PM

        Unlike Chickie, I've had no problems with responsiveness, and I live in a place bombarded with 2.4GHz signals, strong enough that it fucks with my wireless headset.

        As to configuration issues, I got mine back in October, and yeah, you had to put in a bit of work, but default configurations keep improving, for instance the recent mouse-like joystick option to get around some weird bugs or games that don't even support hot-swapping controllers. The configuration screen itself has improved quite a bit as well, though is still locked to Big Picture Mode, which when I'm on my laptop seems silly, but it's fine.

        Some games feel like they almost natively support it, Borderlands 2 for instance, while others are a bit shakier. Regardless, there is continual improvement on controller software side that is trying to close the gap without requiring the games to actually natively support, which is nice.

        That said, as much as I do like the Steam Controller, I still recommend having a more traditional controller games that lean more towards the arcade side of controls tend to feel better. Notably, the Steam Controller really shines when you're playing games with First Person or Over-the-Shoulder Third Person controls, or with games that don't support controllers at all, though those require a bit more work unless someone's already shared a profile for it.

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        December 11, 2015 4:25 PM

        I've played Witcher, Fallout 4 and Borderlands 2 (among others) and think it works well. I had to make a special profile/configuration for emulators though. It took a bit of time.

        I've experienced no issues with responsiveness of any kind.

        I think it was a worthwhile purchase.

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        December 11, 2015 4:27 PM

        I quite like it. Finally makes it possible to play SS2, Deus Ex and Thief well from the couch.

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        December 11, 2015 4:33 PM

        i'll rave! i just don't want to sound like a fanboy

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      December 11, 2015 4:55 PM

      ooooh, mouse regions are RAD. i'm gonna have to play with this

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        December 11, 2015 4:58 PM

        Yeah, that's a pretty big feature for some types of games.

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