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Valve's new Steam Controller image adds an analog stick

new Steam Controller image adds an analog stick

The latest #Steamclient beta carries with an interesting surprise: An update image of the Steam Controller buried deep within its files.

The revised #diagram was first spotted by Steam Database and posted on its #Twitter profile. The diagram in the latest client beta update, dated July 23 2014, shows a mock-up that abandons the left-side buttons in favor of an analog thumbstick. The thumbstick sits to the bottom right of the controller’s signature trackpad on the left side. If the image represents a planned iteration of the controller, it could be a move to make the Steam Controller more versatile.

Previous Steam Controllers were found to be functional but awkward. However you can bounce between styles as disparate as 2D adventure and first-person puzzling, and its touch pads could become second nature over time, but it’s definitely not going to provide a seamless transition from traditional controllers, at least not in its current state.

The last Steam Controller revision on display at GDC 2014, reviewers were surprised at how “unwieldy the trackpads were in every situation.” Noting that it “didn’t once feel comfortable, in control, or that Valve’s hardware configuration was in any way an upgrade over a controller with analog sticks”

The image is located in the Steamtenfootresourceimageslibrary folder, if you want to check it out for yourself. You will also have to be taking part in the Steam client beta program.

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