We Might Get to see Valve's Steam Controller Next Month at Gamescom

Exhibitor page for German conference suggests attendees might get to try the Steam Controller during event in August.

Valve may not only attend next month's Gamescom public gaming event in Germany, but the company might also bring its Steam Controller to the show. That's according to a listing on the Gamescom website, which states "Valve Corporation" will have a presence at the show.

The page suggests that Valve's booth at Gamescom will include "controllers," potentially referencing the Steam Controller, which we got our latest look at during GDC in March. We have reached out to Valve for details regarding the company's official plans for Gamescom.

The Gamescom website has a less-than-excellent track record when it comes to information about Valve products. After all, two years ago the site said Half-Life 3 would be at the show.

Gamescom 2014 takes places August 13-17 in Cologne, Germany. The show is open to the public, so if you're able to attend, you might even get to go hands-on with the Steam Controller. GameSpot will be in attendance at the show, bringing you all the news as it happens.

The latest version of the in-development Steam Controller showed that it hadn't changed much from the initial prototype we saw last September. The controller is rumored to go on sale sometime this fall, though Valve has yet to confirm availability details for the input.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Mraou
Mraou

I really like it, except for the D Pad. But it's so much better than the awful old design.

Prometheus
Prometheus

Why would anyone try to neuter PCs by turning them into wanna-be consoles?

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

i hope they show it off at Pax Prime this year. 

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Gamepad looks a bit like technic 1200s - anyone have any hands on ?  I've read they aren't good but not sure if tr0ll or fanboy opinion.



EDIT: I can see myself picking one of these up if they are decent.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Excellent, I just hope there are a good range of game genres to try it out on. FPS, RTS being the top I'd say, since they are the ones which people tend to rely on keyboard and mouse for the most. If it can crack those two it will be a great controller, if not it will struggle to win over the regular Xbox and Dual Shock crowd as well as failing to grab the mouse and keyboard players.

howiex89
howiex89

wooooo a controller wooooooo

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

it's gonna be better than DS4 and X1's controller. I'm betting my $0 on it.

kittybangbang
kittybangbang

As a PC gamer, I could care less about controller. Mouse and keyboard are our ultimate weapons.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I still don't buy that people will get used to the complete lack of tactile feedback on the pads... but I think Valve would've tested this and redesigned the thing if it really is as big a problem as I'm imagining it to be.  Oh, and there's no way that you can possibly convince me that the d-pad isn't a gigantic piece of garbage if that's an image of the final build.  Split/buttoned d-pads are all complete garbage and there's no possible way to argue in favor of it.

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

Assuming Gamescom is to be believed, Valve's choosing to showcase product there says a lot about what they think of the E3 show in L.A.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

just how the phuck I gonna enjoy fight night champion and UFC with that thing? 

Tauu
Tauu

Welcome to the 21st century, when controlling your games becomes harder!

SeoulDan
SeoulDan

Unless you've held a recent prototype in your hands and/or played a game with it, then you have zero credibility to criticize the controller. Oh, unless you immediately hate anything Valve or PC related because... Well, just because. Then, you have less than zero credibility.

virtuasega
virtuasega

I love watching Gabe fanboys using that controller lol, the look on their faces knowing the controller is a POS that works about 5% better then plugging an actual turd into you pc while trying to smile and find anything good to say about it...well its priceless.

meedokicky
meedokicky

I am intrigued :) I hope it is good.

I have been using a DS4 on my PC and it has been great, thought I had to trick the system into thinking it is a xbox360 controller via Xinput and DS4tool, otherwise the controller doesn't work correctly.

mrGEEteam
mrGEEteam

just put some trackballs on that thing and call it ballsroller

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

they still trying to push that design for a controller?

mattcake
mattcake

Who needs Half Life 3 when we can play Half Life 2 on a steambox/toaster with that piece of ****.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Then again, we might not.


The suspense will be killing me until then.

console_war_vet
console_war_vet

Let's all try to be respectful and hold our laughter when we see it.

RossRichard
RossRichard

@Prometheus So I can sit in my recliner and play on my high-end HDTV with my surround sound system.

hystavito
hystavito

@jinzo9988 It's hard to imagine yes, very risky, and I've wondered the same things.  I think it would be really cool if there was a small opening in the middle where you could attach traditional sticks if you wanted to.  I realize that's probably not as easy as it sounds, engineering problems, even just simple problems like a dead spot in the middle for the touch pads, but still it would be cool :).

Prometheus
Prometheus

@SeoulDan Maybe the whole idea of turning a PC into a wanna-be console seems silly to many PC gamers?

ACMC85
ACMC85

@SeoulDan I personally like the controller, but I think they have a right to doubt it. From their experiences, this seems like it won't be able to do what everyone wants it to do. It's normal for something new to be criticized heavily until it proves everyone else wrong. We've been at this for eight generations now? How many times have we seen a controller like this?

So yes, people have the right to freak out with no experience over this. A completely brand new controller, how are they going to experience this? I want it to be awesome, but if others are afraid, you are wrong to not let them be.

Rhino_All
Rhino_All

@RossRichard @Prometheus  You can already do that... I play wirelessly from my couch. Wireless latency in pc peripherals has really come a long way.

xantufrog
xantufrog

The internet is a funny place - people voice opinions based on no experience in aggressive, pushy ways they would never dream of in person

virtuasega
virtuasega

No problem with Gabe, and my post doesnt say one negative thing about him...now the retarded nutswingers of his tjats a different story.

virtuasega
virtuasega

Theres a reason controllers havent evovled much other then more buttons...its because its the best way to play the biggest variety of games. This is just trying to be way to many things mashed into one and it hasnt been good or even remotly good yet and wont be. This isnt the first time a controller like this has been attepted, and well it probably wont be the last time one like it fails.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@virtuasega "it hasnt been good or even remotly good yet and wont be" - but where are you getting that? The reviews I've read of prior revisions of the design were pretty positive (albeit typically with legitimate constructive criticism on some design aspects)