It looks like Valve’s Steam Controller prototype has already gone through a much needed face lift that has removed the touchscreen / button concept for a more traditional button layout, overall the controller remains the same but now contains eight new buttons in place of the touch screen controls.
Valve announced the changes to the Steam Controller at the company’s Steam Dev Days developer conference thanks to feedback that they had received from beta. It seems like the drastic change from a customisable touchscreen/button hybrid to more traditional face buttons was down to backwards compatibility, there’s also word that a traditional D-Pad may get added too.
Valve also released a few more details about the future of the Steam controller such as the ability to either opt for a AA battery powered controller or a commercial rechargeable option, Steam Machines are also expected to support up to 16 controllers at any given time.
Valve have also revealed that the Steam Controller won’t just be manufactured in-house and that Steam Machine Collaborators are free to develop their own versions.
It looks like 2014 is going to be a fantastic year for Valve, Steam, and Steam Machines, I am certainly looking forward to the future of PC gaming in the livingroom.