Today Valve released a new image of the latest iteration of its Steam Controller prototype. It remains similar in form factor to the version originally announced in September, but now two diamond-patterned button layouts have been added to the area previously reserved for a touch-screen display.
That's not to say the Steam Controller's touch functionality has gone away. It hasn't. The new analog buttons now complement the controller's two touch pads. How the new button layout affects ease of use remains to be seen.
The new Steam Controller prototype will be on display at Valve's booth at the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week. We'll be sure to try it out.