Valve Steam Controller

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Valve Steam Controller came out in November 2015, and is a best seller on amazon. It is discontinued in November 2019.

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Steam Controller. Buy at amazon
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Steam Controller. Buy at amazon

Interesting feature is that it has 2 touchpads, plus a joystick. It screws traditional design of 2 joysticks and 1 directional-pad.

Here's a list of the main features.

Steam Controller Review!
Oct 17, 2015
OMGchad

This thing is designed to be compatible for PC, for any {Windows, Mac, Linux}.

Touchpad Features

The touchpads can be set to different things:

Wireless Features

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Steam Controller. Buy at amazon

Good Replacement of Mouse on a Personal Computer?

The short answer is, no.

What happens if you plug it in on a personal computer and use it as a mouse? Is it plug and play? What are the default actions of the touchpads and joystick and buttons, without installing a driver?

Here's one of the user Frenzie (on 2020-02-24) says:

The Steam controller works out of the box as a mouse, but then it's somewhat crappy. It needs Steam running to be decent.

Without Steam running, the right touchpad is the mouse and the left touchpad is nothing. The triggers click, but only if you press them fully.

With Steam running the right touchpad is a much better mouse/trackball and the left touchpad is for circular scrolling (out of the box; of course you can customize, but again, only with Steam running).

Good for Gaming?

For gamers, you probably won't like it. Either go with a keyboard + mouse, or, traditional controller. Many gamer's reviews simply said you couldn't aim well with the trackpad.

Here's a video of a funny gamer, reviewing the thing, and showing how it works in different kind of games.

Steam Controller! on Multiple Genres. Buy at amazon

History

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Valve Steam Trackball