Report: Steam Controller goes on sale this fall, 500 games natively playable on SteamOS by the end of the year

Source says Valve's new controller will launch in October or November 2014; number of SteamOS games reportedly on the rise.

Valve's new and innovative Steam Controller will officially go on sale this fall, a "trusted hardware source" told PC Gamer at PAX East this weekend. The controller will release in October or November of 2014, the source specified. Pricing details were not mentioned.

The latest version of the prototype Steam Controller was shown off in mid-March, with Valve revealing a new version that introduced Xbox 360-style A, B, X, and Y buttons in between the two track-pads.

PC Gamer's source went on to say that the finalization of the Steam Controller design was the "final piece" that would preface general availability for the Steam Machine systems themselves. Valve has already said that its line of Steam Machines should be available later on in 2014, so the rumored release window for the Steam Controller isn't all that surprising.

Finally, the site's source said that they are anticipating that "about 500" games will be natively playable through SteamOS by the end of 2014. PC Gamer notes that this is up from the current figure of 382.

What do you think of the new Steam Controller? How much would you pay for one? Let us know in the comments below!

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zhatore
zhatore

First of all will the controller play all the games, if yes i dont care to pay as much as the ps4/xbox system controller.

gajbutler
gajbutler

I really want to try this out, analogue sticks are so poor for things like strategy games and FPS games. If this could emulate the mouse on a console, then I'm game and I hope Sony and Microsoft support it too.

tr4newreck
tr4newreck

people laughed at valve when steam came out.... it would never succeed, because THEY couldn't see it happening.


mpeg3s
mpeg3s

ALL MS has to do is release DX12. The Steam OS would be DEAD.

jim_peterson
jim_peterson

This controller is a joke. Maybe (a big maybe) it will be better for a couple of genres but it will be terrible for most. Imagine playing a racer or a fighter with a track pad. It's be like playing them with a mouse.

crognalsen
crognalsen

I don't really understand why they don't just use a design like the PS4 controller.  Have two analog sticks with a touchpad in the middle. The touchpad could be used for anything that requires mouse movement.  I'm not sure touch pads as a main source for movement will ever be viable in a game.

je29836
je29836

pretty awesome. microshit should be shakin in its boots

daniel199343
daniel199343

if valve wants steam os to be a success thay will have to make it so that when you have a game on steam for windows you can then download the steam os  version as well

deth420
deth420

Im looking forward to switching/dual booting os's. 

I go back an forth with controller, and M/K depending on game. I like the look of the steam controller, hope it doesnt wear out as fast as a 360 controller.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

the steam controller will be a lot better for fps, but i can't see it being better than a mouse. they will have to have steam controller game servers seperate or multiplayer will be unfair. if they do that then maybe ill build a steam machine  *cough* smaller pc.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

500 games, and people still go out and buy ps4 and xbox one which you can't even upgrade. Also the only good exclusives out of the consoles so far are forza (which isn't even that good) and infamous: second son which lasts about 12 hours or 24 if you do the good and evil campaign.


I tried to convince my friends to wait for steam machines, but they all got ps4 so I ended up getting ps4 lol. They will be devastated when they hear this news.

Moonco
Moonco

I can see the Steam Controller working for certain types of games but nothing is replacing my Qanba arcade stick for 2D fighters and shmups

Fabian85
Fabian85

The people at pc gamer wasnt that impressed with it I was sorry to hear. Really need a solid fps controller besides wireless keyboard mouse to hit the market. Console controllers are a joke. Zoom in zoom out auto aim every time you look down your sights eventually zooming in and out and hitting fire key is all that youre doing. Its nightmarish.

StHapns247
StHapns247

Might try this with Windows 8 drivers. 

Steam Machines will flop: over saturation, over priced, no obvious way for a layman to tell which one will play what game at what specs, and most people who would be interested in them already have their own gaming rig.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

Wow, those discs remind me of my Intellivision II from 1982...which still works btw.

Halloll
Halloll

I can't see this working better for RTS or FPS better than Razer Hydra though. and Razer products suck.

unreal101
unreal101

Seems to me like the steam machine hype train drove off a cliff sometime between last winter and now; one rarely hears anything any more, and I never see anyone all that excited about it.

tommynj
tommynj

Steam controller looks good but what everyone wants to know what games will be available to play ? Does the controller actually feel good when playing fps and rpg games ?

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I'm looking forward to trying out the Steam controller, and it's good to hear there will be more games available for SteamOS.

However, I do think Valve would have their work cut out trying to get developers to revisit their older titles on Steam to make them playable on Linux.  If someone has a lot of games in their Steam library, but only a fraction are playable via Steam OS, that person is less likely to use it.  As others have said, if their games already run on Steam under Windows, why switch?

BabeNewelll
BabeNewelll

Finally were getting rid of inferior analogue sticks for games that need it.

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

I cant wait to try it. Its different. It could be either great or completely horrible.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

When will the Steam boxes even be coming out?

It is like we saw tonnes of them around E3 last year or some convention anyway and since then I've not heard a thing except about the controller. Frankly I'd rather use a Wii remote to play games.

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

I can play 500 games on my PC right now from my couch. And with a normal 360 controller. These steam machines are so stupid.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@deth420  Well it'll have less moving parts (specifically the lack of analog sticks anyway), so there's something.

jim_peterson
jim_peterson

Yeah, they're really going to miss out on all those ports of mobile and F2P crap.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@Aaronp2k Out of the 384 games currently available for Linux/SteamOS on Steam, only a handful are AAA titles, and most of those are Valve's own games.  If you like indie games (and I do), then yes, you'll have plenty of good games to play.  We'll have to wait and see what the next hundred games will be.

jlefebre6001
jlefebre6001

@StHapns247  the success of this venture will not be decided by the 3rd party steam machines. it will be decided by the number of customers that download and use the steamOS instead of windows.

hystavito
hystavito

@StHapns247  Yeah that confusion is of course going to be a problem.  What might help sway the layman is if one of them markets itself as an all-in-one home entertainment device, Netflix and other services, web, and games.  Still, even at the low end they are more expensive than the Android based ones like from Amazon.

RT-XD
RT-XD

@StHapns247  Not all are overpriced. There is a huge range of prices: from around $400 - $2000+. 

I agree, the overpriced ones probably won't be bought and will flop, but the lower priced ones are well worth considering with that price point.

jlefebre6001
jlefebre6001

@unreal101  for me it's all about the OS. could care less about anything else. if i can play a game on steam OS and get better fps than in windows (on a FREE OS btw) then it will be well worth it.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@tommynj Click on the link in the article to see the list of currently compatible games.  Just an FYI, you won't find many AAA games in that list.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@BabeNewelll  Getting rid of analogues and replacing them with touch pads doesn't sound like a reasonable solution. Sounds to me like they are replacing one solution that isn't great with one that isn't much better but for different reasons.

Chances are people who like keyboards will still prefer them and people who play RTS will still not accept anything other than keyboard and mouse.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@Dannystaples14 If the controller isn't available until Fall, then I guess none of the Steam Machines will be either, because they are supposed to have the controller in the box.

seanwil545
seanwil545

@eternaldragoonx  

I personally don't see Steam Machines as marketed towards existing PC gamers.

I see them geared more toward the "open minded" console gamer who might want a PC experience while remaining in the living room.

They are more a niche device at this point, it really isn't all that complicated.

StHapns247
StHapns247

@RT-XD @StHapns247  The lower ranged ones are less powerful than their console competition and are designed for very low spec gaming or to be a streaming device in tandem with a more powerful PC.

But like I said, the layman will not understand this going in and probably get screwed.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@unreal101 @Halloll  I have a Razer Orochi (it's their smaller styled mouse, which I personally prefer over normal larger types) and it's the best mouse I've ever owned.

BabeNewelll
BabeNewelll

Using this for Fps and TBS would be ideal for couch gaming.

tommynj
tommynj

@seanwil545 @eternaldragoonx  What is crazy is that even the low end I3 model Steam Machine blows away any next gen console. If you want power you'll definitely get it in a steam machine.

tom2750
tom2750

@RT-XD @StHapns247  your GPU can do 60fps 1080p on games the PS4 can't that is a silly thing to say you didn't even mention what settings the game is running at for your GPU to reach 60fps 1080p the PS4 could play every game they have out so far in 1080p 60fps if they turned the visuals down for all we know the PS4 is running everything at higher settings with better AA and higher/better everything then you are running games to get your GPU to run in 1080p 60fps also consoles become more optimized for there specific hardware specs overtime inlike PC because PC's aren't 1 set of hardware specs there will be games later in the PS4 life cycle that will have way better graphics then any game on the PS4 so far yet still easily manage 1080p 60fps after the devs learn the consoles they can get way more performance out of them a console can easily outperform a PC with the same or even a bit more powerful on paper specs there is multiple advantages about consoles that means they can get more performance out of less hardware then a PC can its just up to the devs to learn the consoles and optimize there games a lot for the consoles

RT-XD
RT-XD

@StHapns247 @RT-XD  Well, non necessarily true. IT's a good point though :)

Strangely enough, my GPU is suppost to be on-par with the PS4, but mine can do 60fps 1080p on games that the PS4 can't XD 

So, it does depend on other factors and not 'pure horsepower'.


Let's also not forget that the PC market always evolves - could be that the next set of GPUs from Nvidia and AMD will crush the console competition at the lower price point.


I guess we just have to wait and see what valve has to offer. It's only speculation at this point :)

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@StHapns247 @RT-XD
I tend to agree.   Someone buying a low-priced steam machine expecting to play Metro Last Light on high settings is going to be very disappointed.  Valve should have taken a more 'hands on' approach to this and come up with, say, three tiers of specs with clear marketing.  At the moment, it is just a mess.

tommynj
tommynj

@gamerno66666 @BabeNewelll  Why not they have the same buttons as a Xbox does. Just because something looks different doesn't mean it won't work and can you link some of these demos you saw ?