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Post by Eorl @ 10:55am 12/04/14 | 18 Comments
Take all this as rumour for now, but PC Gamer is reporting that a trusted hardware source has stated that we can expect Valve's Steam Controller to start appearing either in October or November of this year.

Revealed late last year alongside their SteamOS and Steam Machines platform, Valve has been going through a number of prototype stages with their haptic trackpad-featured controller. Originally showcased with a touchpad front in-between the trackpads, Valve has since refreshed the design to remove the touchpad and feature two four-button diamonds.

According to PC Gamer, the source also stated that the completion of Valve's Steam Controllers "was the final piece that would precede the availability of most Steam Machines, which indicates that Steam Machines will also begin to release at the end of the year." It is unclear whether this will include all of the Steam Machines debuted at the beginning of this year during the Steam Dev Days from manufacturers like Gigabyte or Alienware, however the source also added that we can expect "about 500" playable games to be available on the OS by the end of this year.












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fryzeegunner
Posted 05:05pm 12/4/14
want to try these out real bad
Audi
Posted 05:15pm 12/4/14
do ya?
fryzeegunner
Posted 05:31pm 12/4/14
i like the idea of a well thought out controller when i bring my pc to the lounge
dewb
Posted 06:08pm 12/4/14
praise be to gaben
Whoop
Posted 08:37pm 12/4/14
can expect "about 500" playable games to be available on the OS by the end of this year.
So Steam OS is just linux yeah? Does that mean you could play those games on any version of Linux? Or are there going to be specific requirements like a certain API or library only available through Steam OS?

I sure as hell hope this means devs ditch direct x and move on to something that's actually good.
dewb
Posted 10:16pm 12/4/14
Eorl
Posted 10:24pm 12/4/14
Whoop, it runs on a custom Debian distribution from memory (probably wrong). I believe any SteamOS compatible game is Linux compatible as well.
ph33x
Posted 10:10am 13/4/14
Whoop, it runs on a custom Debian distribution from memory (probably wrong). I believe any SteamOS compatible game is Linux compatible as well.

^ This. All of this.

I haven't played with Linux in a while, but last I did (just as 2.6 kernel was getting mainstream) it was a real s*** to install videocard drivers. IIRC: You had to get a kernel off nvidia and incorporate it into your os install. S*** was cray, hopefully it's not as bad as that anymore.
paveway
Posted 10:46am 13/4/14
I sure as hell hope this means devs ditch direct x and move on to something that's actually good


seriously?

do you ever seriously see that happening?
ctd
Posted 10:51am 13/4/14
pretty keen on this contarl. What is a good PC controller atm? 360 controller?
trog
Posted 11:56am 13/4/14
I saw a few people play this at GDC, though I didn't get a chance to play with it myself. On the whole - from watching - it looked mostly similar to a normal console controller. Maybe it's improved, but it didn't look like the order-of-magnitude sort of improvement that I would want before I set fire to my keyboard and mouse.
BladeRunner
Posted 12:04pm 13/4/14
Replacing both touch/track pads with just buttons seems like a big step back. May aswell use a non-jotstick PS1 controller.
ravn0s
Posted 12:21pm 13/4/14
Replacing both touch/track pads with just buttons seems like a big step back.


um, they didn't. they only removed the touch screen.



last edited by ravn0s at 12:21:27 13/Apr/14
BladeRunner
Posted 12:31pm 13/4/14
Oh I see. I misunderstood. That looks pretty cool.
koopz
Posted 07:23pm 13/4/14
Whoop, it runs on a custom Debian distribution from memory (probably wrong). I believe any SteamOS compatible game is Linux compatible as well.



explaining things to Whoop is the same to me as explaining Intel vs AMD to Spook back in the naughties.


Give the lad 10 years... he'll either give up or get hired to write in his spare time.


He may just surprise us all and make his own way
Net
Posted 03:41pm 14/4/14
So Steam OS is just linux yeah? Does that mean you could play those games on any version of Linux? Or are there going to be specific requirements like a certain API or library only available through Steam OS?

I sure as hell hope this means devs ditch direct x and move on to something that's actually good.


SteamOS is a Debian based distribution that is designed to be used in the living room as it's primary purpose.

It probably is not suitable as a desktop replacement, for that you're better off going with a Debian based distribution such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint for the best game compatibility.
I found the Ubuntu 13.10 interface a bit uncomfortable to navigate around, so I installed the Cinnamon desktop instead.
cinnamon desktop image

You mostly get all the benefits of Ubuntu and it's Ubuntu Software Center, while having an interface somewhat similar to Windows 7. I still primarily use Windows 7, but I'm looking to make the switch soon. The biggest thing holding me back is some windows programs I regularly use are not available on linux and I'm not comfortable using the alternatives.

trog
I saw a few people play this at GDC, though I didn't get a chance to play with it myself. On the whole - from watching - it looked mostly similar to a normal console controller. Maybe it's improved, but it didn't look like the order-of-magnitude sort of improvement that I would want before I set fire to my keyboard and mouse.


From what I've seen and heard, it looks like it could be nice for FPS games, but for RTS & MOBA games such as Starcraft 2 or Dota 2, the elite end of the spectrum will likely always be with a keyboard and mouse. It's always nice to have options though.



With the changes to the steam controller, I'm hoping they introduce something similar to the circboard typing. Once you get used to typing like that I think it could be really intuitive - or we'll go back to having chat full of SMS talk.

glynd
Posted 03:46pm 14/4/14

With the changes to the steam controller, I'm hoping they introduce something similar to the circboard typing. Once you get used to typing like that I think it could be really intuitive - or we'll go back to having chat full of SMS talk.


big picture already has that

image
Crakaveli
Posted 06:38pm 14/4/14
i find that so gumby to use. i'd rather it just display a keyboard
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