Valve shows the Steam Controller in action from jackpoker's blog

Probably the single most-argued argument in all of gaming is the silly, ill-formed rivalry between the m4a4 cs go console gamepad and the PC mouse and keyboard. It’s a bogus distinction to make, like asking whether spreadsheets are better than graphs — they are different ways of doing similar things. Still, there is one undeniable downside of the keyboard and mouse, and that is that you have to use a keyboard and mouse, regardless of where you want to play. With the touchpads-instead-of-analog-sticks Steam Controller, has Valve successfully bridged the gap between the precision of a mouse and the comfort of a controller? Well, it depends who you ask.

Valve shows the Steam Controller in action for the first very time so we can start to see how its features might actually come together. The demonstration, which is promised to be the first of several about the controller, features gameplay from Portal 2, Civilization 5, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and an indie game called Papers, Please. These represent a nice cross-section of different control schemes, from the twitchy FPS controls of Counter-Strike to the Windows-like mouse pointing of Civilization, and the controller seems to do at least fairly well with all of them. The video shows minimal lag and a good variety of input options, but it focused primarily on the trackpads. The programmable buttons at the center of the controller went unaddressed, and in fact never displayed anything at all.

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Added Mar 29 '16



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