Valve’s first foray into designing its own hardware brought the Steam Link and Steam Controller into the world. Both devices were designed with the goal of tackling PC gaming in the living room. Nowadays, Valve’s primary hardware focus is virtual reality and the older devices are being left behind. The Steam Link was discontinued last year and replaced with an app that serves the same function. Now, the Steam Controller is also being discontinued.
The Steam Controller blended together some unique ideas. The touch pads offered greater sensitivity compared to thumbsticks and the haptic feedback was excellent, but aiming was still a tad awkward compared to using a regular analogue stick for camera movement. The controller will soon be out of stick entirely, putting Valve’s previous experiment to rest.
Currently, Steam is having a 90% off sale on the Steam Controller, so there is still time to grab one before they are gone for good in some regions, unfortunately it is already out of stock here in the UK. A note on the page warns that there is “limited quantity remaining”, so once this batch is gone, you won’t be able to get one through Steam anymore.
Of course, some of the benefits of the Steam Controller have also been translated into software on Steam. There is a controller customisation tool on Steam that works with almost any gamepad, users are also free to create game-specific profiles and upload them for others to try out.
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KitGuru Says: I still have my Steam Controller, although it has been a very long time since I last used it. Did many of you ever pick one of these up? Are you thinking of picking up one before stock runs out for good?