We’ve known the the Steam Controller will see quite a bit of change thanks to an interview with a product designer who worked on the controller during CES 2014 – but the Steam Dev Days has revealed a bit more about the impending changes.
Twitter user @DaveOshry notes with the hashtag Steam Dev Days that beta testing has proven successful allowing the Valve team to head back to the war room for more redesigns:
"The Steam controller will see more changes before it goes on sale. They’ve gotten tons of feedback from the beta."
Various other Tweeters have also stated that Valve is actually getting rid of the planned touchscreen and replacing it with physical buttons for retail versions. Twitter user @omglazerkittens says, "They [Valve] are experimenting with analog rather than track pads."
On the developer side of things, the controller API will also support up to 16 players at once.
Change is good
The controller updates will most likely be subtle and Valve will probably stick with the same look as the beta version that’s out right now.
Changes to button placement were mentioned during CES and Dev Days attendees seem to have confirmed Valve is working on d-pad and standard A/B/X/Y configurations.
Again, @omglazerkittens Tweeted "They will be bringing button diamonds for backwards compatibility with other controllers. No mid touch screen."
She also notes that users will have the option to use rechargeable batteries.
We’ve reached out to Valve for confirmation on these changes and will update when we hear back.
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