It looks like the Steam Controller will have some traditional directional controls after all if a new concept image is anything to go by. A leaked design document has surfaced online from files in the latest Steam Client Beta which suggests the controller will see the return of the D-pad.
First spotted by ValveTime, this new design concept still has the controllers unique touch-sensitive thumbpads, but the left-hand side adds what appears to be a D-pad. It’s not clear whether the D-pad will eventually replace the trackpad, or whether they’ll both work in tandem with the D-pad inset within the trackpad to add an additional control option.
If the D-pad aims to replace the trackpad it would add certain limitations to games that require more through control options such as first person shooters.
In November, Valve told Techradar that they’d be skipping CES 2015, where they’ve had a much stronger presence before, and instead will have “a large Steam Machine presence” at GDC 2015 in early March, so we can likely expect the new revision to appear there, unless it changes once more.