Valve teases controller announcement

Half-Life studio says "We have some more to say very soon on the topic of input."

Valve has teased an imminent announcement of an proprietary controller.

The Half-Life and Portal company said today as part of its Steam Machines announcement that, "We have some more to say very soon on the topic of input."

On top of that, the Steam Hardware Beta Test Agreement states that Valve has "developed and produced prototypes of entertainment system hardware and software, including a set-top box running custom software and a game controller (Emphasis added)."

It is not clear if Valve created the controller for testing purposes or if it plans to release this controller to the public. The company's "Universe is Expanding" teaser page features an image of a controller with no additional explanation.

Valve's third announcement this week is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 27. The company announced SteamOS on Monday and Steam Machines today.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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theKSMM
theKSMM

I would be less-than-thrilled to see a Valve controller.  Not only is the XBOX 360 controller fantastic in its own right, but it works on a variety of platforms (XBOX, PC, Mac, OnLive, etc) and many gamers already have them.  I don't really need another specialized controller lying around.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

I really hope they focus some features to normal pc desktop users tho

meatz666
meatz666

I still think that keyboard+mouse is the best input FOR IMMERSION, don't get me wrong. 

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

This is good news for PC gaming. Using typewriter to play games is terrible, and they notice that, too.

highlanderjimd
highlanderjimd

3rd one is valve buying the oculus rift or hl3 :P

Ervaine
Ervaine

Have they gone nuts ?!?

oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

O no.. stop making more platforms now we will have exclusives everywhere!

Murderfestival
Murderfestival

The Half-Life and Portal company ?

Don't you think that is lacking?

Why not, The 50 million Steam users company?


Ah right, ye valve, the portal guys, cake is a liar, etc etc

AdderD
AdderD

"An proprietary controller."

volc-123
volc-123

The X360 IS wireless. You just have to buy the wireless PC kit for 20 dollars.

egger7577
egger7577

I wouldn't be surprised if they release some form of a controller that mimicks KB/M via a trackball feature. Valve wants to get as many PC players on board and it looks like something like this may be released based on the patents from last year.

noandno
noandno

They should've make a new console

crushbrain
crushbrain

the picture with the cat looks like an old sega controller.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

Uhh no that picture of the controller is a logo they used for the big picture trailer last year

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Valve has made this week pretty interesting. I was originally thinking it was going to be the source 2 engine unveiled on friday but now I'm leaning toward a controller. I wish it was the source engine 2 though. 

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

Where are these people that are dumb enough to buy an expensive box just so they can play Steam games on their TV instead of buying an HDMI cable? I would like to meet them and punch them in the face.

Passion101
Passion101

i am just waiting for the dualshock 4 to hit the pc i try it on TGS and let me say i am officially impressed..!

archnophobia
archnophobia

After This Shity Box Valve going to give us Games with source 2... that's cool.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

fire eddie 

i'm so sick of these half finish articles that post nothing new 

Bannose-
Bannose-

I was definitely hoping for a game announcement as it looked like the operating system playing with other software but I guess this is great too.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I like that all these pictures include a cat, because if we've learned anything on the internet it is that cats matter. Speaking of Valve, and particularly TF2, you can add hats to that. Cats and hats or perhaps even a cat in a hat? A cat hat?

mattcake
mattcake

Unless you're making a rival to the XB1 and PS4, no one cares. We all already have enough set top boxes running android streaming media/tv/crud into every orifice of our bodies.

Whatever happened to Valve, they're the new 3DRealms imo, sitting on a past reputation they do very little to maintain any more.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

If they are making HL3 and L4D3 etc and they release them as an exclusive to their console..... I think that console would sell beyond well

cboye18
cboye18

No, the best controller is definitely the Gamecube controller.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@oOhedzOo Exclusives .? Steam Machines are PCs running on Steam OS . It takes less than 25 minutes to install/change Operating System on PC , or simply just dual boot it . Use 2 Operating Systems at once until more games come to Linux .

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@Murderfestival Portal 2 came out 2 years ago . You want them to make new Portal every year ? Didn't they release DOTA 2 few weeks ago .? I think people are overreacting over Valve not being a game company . Almost every 2 or 3 year they release at least 2 AAA titles .

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

@noandno why would they do that?  We already have 3 consoles and besides Steam's market is geared more to the PC user. In the end that would have been the dumbest thing they could have done.  This was smarter and more creative of an idea.  Don't do what the other guy is doing, think out of the box kind of stuff here.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@St0Ne4Ge Actually those are smart people that are helping Valve to achieve main purpose , bring PC gaming to Linux .

aeterna789
aeterna789

@St0Ne4Ge There are People like me who constantly travel and is hardly at home to play on my PC. Since consoles are too big and burdensome to bring during these business trips, a Steam Box on my pocket seems like a better choice (specially since I prefer my PC games). Lets face it, the compact size has many advantages so some people will buy the Seam Box because of such necessity not necessarily for vanity.

blackothh
blackothh

@St0Ne4Ge  

Options are nice to have, I personally dont have the need for it, but im sure others do. My PC Is already in the living room but my monitor goes to a higher resolution so I dont want to go to the TV.


 Plus I use the TV for......well........TV Watching.

cogadh
cogadh

@St0Ne4Ge Not everyone has the option of moving their current gaming PC to their living room and connecting it to their TV, but would still like the option of playing their PC games on a TV. Nothing dumb about it, sometimes a console like these Steam Machines is just more practical. 

Also, who said anything about expensive? AFAIK, no Steam Machine prices have been released at all. Given that the OS is free and has much lower overhead than Windows, meaning you don't need as much hardware muscle to get the same performance, the prices are likely to be in line with other consoles. That's not really all that expensive and it could be even cheaper if you DIY a PC or practically free if you already happen to have an old unused PC you can throw the OS on.

Lastly, "punch them in the face"? Really? I think you might have some misdirected anger issues you meed to work on. I strongly recommend seeking therapy.

cogadh
cogadh

@MidNightStrikes Its going to be a Valve/Steam branded game controller with a built-in touchpad (like the PS4 controller) to bridge the gap on those games that only have partial controller support.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

@cboye18 

Apart from the slightly loose/wobbly feeling triggers and the awkward face button layout.

I like the look of the Wii U Pro Controller but the lack of a set of analogue triggers is a bit of a mistake. Also, for better compatibility with certain Wii U games it probably should have had basic motion control built in too.

I'd say that right now it's looking like the Xbox One controller may in fact turn out to be the best all-round standard type controllers yet.

Daian
Daian

Don't feed the troll.

cogadh
cogadh

@blackothh Exactly. In my situation, I've got a gaming PC in one room that is also used for general PC stuff, like actual work, and it is shared between all the members of the household. Moving that machine to the living room means no one can watch TV or play games if I'm working. Similarly, if someone is already playing a game or watching TV, I will need to kick them off to do my work. Moving the current PC is not an option at all, under the circumstances. 

However, since we don't really need or want a full Windows PC connected to the TV just so we can play games, something like a Steam Machine is perfect. I've already got around 200 games through Steam, so unlike a traditional console, buying one of these doesn't also mean buying new games to play, making the initial investment cheaper. Plus, if in 5-10 years the hardware improves, I don"t have to buy a whole new console just to play the latest games, I only need to upgrade a part or two, making the long term costs also cheaper. It's really a win-win for someone like me.

Of course this is all dependent on Valve living up to the hype. If the Steam Machines and SteamOS suck, I'll just buy another console and keep my PC gaming off the TV.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

@gamingnerd121 I probably should have said Steam exclusive, somewhere in that comment... That would have made more sense :/ 

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@amaneuvering I think the Xbox controller fits perfectly in my hands, and i think the button layout is great as well. The only con was the D-pad, so improving that will make it even better.

I haven't felt comfortable with a PS controller since i was a kid, so i never even considered that.

Oh, and i wish developers would allow you to make custom setups for the buttons, instead of them doing a few.

blackothh
blackothh

@St0Ne4Ge @cogadh I prefer not playing games with a giant hamburger in my hands. PS3 controller on my PC for SNES emulation is where its at.

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

@cogadh They do make long HDMI cables...its like if you have a broadband router in a room with the PC, you don't buy another broadband router to go in your living room, that's what the router is for, you just buy an ethernet cable. There are even wireless adapters that can do the same thing wirelessly at a fraction of the cost of a new "Steam Machine".

By connecting your PC to your TV you are also not limited to just Steam games, you can't play Battlefield on your TV with a Steam PC for example as EA games are now on Origin and Ubisoft plans to go the same way by the looks of it.

I see no advantages whatsoever in buying a Steam Machine if you have a PC, it's so easy to get your PC onto your TV, buy a long HDMI cable, grab your 360 controller, gaming on a TV :O