Valve has made some big announcements this month (their new Linux-based SteamOS and a new line of consoles called Steam Machines coming to retail next year) and to round it all off the company has revealed the Steam Controller, a new gamepad for 2014. “A new way to play your entire Steam library from the sofa. Join the Steam hardware beta and help us shape a new generation of gaming,” read the sites official website. The controller adds the missing link to Valve’s SteamOS and Steam Machines giving gamers the input to function the new hardware. The Steam Controller is designed to work with all the games on Steam: past, present, and future. Even the older titles in the catalog and the ones which were not built with controller support.
We set out with a singular goal: bring the Steam experience, in its entirety, into the living-room. We knew how to build the user interface, we knew how to build a machine, and even an operating system. But that still left input — our biggest missing link. We realized early on that our goals required a new kind of input technology — one that could bridge the gap from the desk to the living room without compromises. So we spent a year experimenting with new approaches to input and we now believe we’ve arrived at something worth sharing and testing with you.
Find out more about the development of the controller on the official site: http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamController/