Cam Lee Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition producer Cameron Lee has become a fixture here at AusGamers. The Aussie ex-pat took tie out of his Gamescom duties to chat with us again. Check it out!
Wrestling Time
We take a look at 2K Games' latest WWE contender and find out just what the game has in store for fans of the wrestling series. Click here for our full preview!
Resident Evil Within
The Evil Within is creeping up just around the release corner, so we decided to take a look back at Shinji Mikami's incredible Resident Evil 4. Click here for more!
Wrapping up a tour in Australia and with Summerslam dominating August, we had a chance to chat with the Great White himself, Sheamus! Check it out right here!
Post by Dan @ 10:31am 16/01/14 | 1 Comments
Valve's inaugural SteamDevDays conference has kicked off in its local Seattle, and while press have been excluded from attending, reports are still trickling out via the Twitter accounts and blogs of attendee game developers.

The always-resourceful folk at SteamDB have been collating various info from attendees, and have caught some new information about Valve's plans for its innovative Steam Controller. Most significant is that the controller's button layout appears to have been completely overhauled, replacing the previous unique button distribution for one closer to that of Xbox and PlayStation controllers with two "button diamonds" serving as more traditional d-pad and ABXY inputs intended for smoother backwards compatibility.

The Verge notes that several attendees have tweeted that the central touchscreen has been removed, as it was reportedly deemed too distracting for users to be looking down at their controller, and the "ghost mode" feature that shadows players touchpad movement as a screen overlay was found to make the need for a screen on the controller largely redundant. It's uncertain whether the controller will still have a PS4/OUYA style central square touchpad, or whether the haptic circles will serve that purpose.
  • The retail controller will use AA batteries, this means the user can also use rechargable batteries
  • Biometrics are important, but the hands are not the best place to capture them
  • Core implementation of Steam Controller API is already available in the current Steamworks SDK
  • The Steam Controller API supports up to 16 controllers at once
  • Valve is keeping VR in mind while developing the controller
  • More changes to the controller are coming, they have just started processing beta feedback
The first photo below is the Steam Controller concept as originally announced by Valve last year, followed by photos of a 3D render and a 3D printed prototype as captured by SteamDevDays attendees @TheIneQuation and @galyonkin.

Latest Comments
Posted 12:54pm 16/1/14
YES THEY FIXED THE BUTTONS OMG. haha That's awesome I really didn't understand how I was going to play games at all without buttons in that config. You simply can't do some things in games unless the buttons are close together, Batman combos anyone?

Now just replace the right side with a DPAD and have done with it.
Commenting has been locked for this item.
Log In

Advertise with Us | Download Media Kit | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
© Copyright 2001-2014 AusGamers™ Pty Ltd. ACN 093 772 242.
A Mammoth Media web development / Australian VPS Hosting by Mammoth Networks