Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Valve, now a member of The Linux Foundation, has initiated some ambitions projects: the SteamOS, a Linux operating system optimized for gaming, the Steam Machine, a gaming colsole that will run with SteamOS and the Steam Controller, a game controller specially designed for SteamOS and the Steam Machine. A demo video of the Steam Controller can be found here.
Despite the fact that Valve did not release any Steam Machine yet (except the 300 units that were sent to some lucky testers, in order to receive feedback), there are already twelve important computer manufacturers that have in plan creating Steam Machines. While the Steam Machines have different hardware specs, decided by their creators, all of them will be shipping with the Steam Controller.
At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Mike Mcwertor, the deputy news editor at Polygon, has ran a test drive of the Steam Controller, on Portal, a popular Valve game.
In order to have a chance to compete with Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation, Valve has created this unlike game controller, that has all the features of a mouse and keyboard, a 2D game controller and a fighting game controller, all together, combined quite well. While about 80 % of the games available via Steam are 2D games, the Steam engineers tried to provide cursor control.
One Valve member also explains in the video that they have created hundreds of Steam Controller prototypes using either trackballs or trackpads, until they have decided to create the Steam Controller as it is today. For more information, see the video from this link.