This is the sort of thing you have to try before you buy.
Personally, I've never got along with a controller for first person shooters - it just doesn't work for me.
Mouse and keyboard is a rock hard combo to beat.
The ironic thing is that most Valve games play much better on a PC than on console, yet this is from Valve... Whatever. Not even interested in this thing honestly.
Looks terrible, i can't even imagine how hard it will be to play first person shooters with this controller.
Just let me use the old fashioned (and almost always better) mouse + keyboard combination. It's superior.
There's a reason why there is such a thing as auto aim and "helping" stuff like that on games that require a gamepad. Someone with a gamepad wouldn't stand a chance against someone with a mouse and keyboard in games that requires speed and precision.
Can't watch the video cause of adblock ? Stopped visiting GT for this ....don't make me go IGN only.
Better be tactile or I'm giving this a pass. Hate playing on "touch" pad/screen type controller. I have to have precision.
Initially watching the video it seems like picking up your right thumb to keep looking around would be some what of a hindrance compared to a 360 contorller. But now rethinking it, I guess this could almost be more efficient than picking up your mouse every few movements.
Hmm... Since I have a PC, I use mouse and keyboard all the time except for the few games which obviously need a gamepad, and for those, a gamepad is the perfect tool for the job.
As much as it sucks to say it, it seems like this isn't much use to PC gamers at all unless they're playing on a TV.
whoa this exceeded my expectations, which were pretty low to begin with. but it actually looks pretty fluid, definitely not a replacement for my mouse and keyboard but there are some games that i would like to play on my couch w/o 360 controller, mainly Counter-Strike, looks like this has the same fast response and accuracy of a mouse...if it works with my pc rig in big picture mode i'll probably buy this
it looks good but still wont be a replacement for the mouse and keyboard in faster paced strategy games like starcraft2 or Mobas but better than a normal pad atleast
This reminds me of the trackballs they brought out in 2000 and you would find them everywhere, especially public computers or high end mice for home computers. There was a reason they didn't stick around. They just weren't very good. One of the big reasons they weren't very good would be having to pause a motion, readjust your hand and restart a motion. Something the steam demo video above attempted to mask. This is not very good for most games at all. Also, having to click the ball (or the pad in this case) can lead you to jump your aim and miss. I just don't think this controller will catch on, except for the steam faithful.
Looks okay. Personally I think I'm going to stick with using the 360 pad with any games I think need a joystick.
It's a nice idea. But who is going to want to sit far away from the screen on the sofa to play a strategy game? Maybe if you have awesome eyesight it will be alright. I would struggle to read the writing from too far away.
Still though, I like the direction Valve are heading, try and gain some market share back for PC games, not to mention bringing linux into gaming a bit more.
Would love to see the controller playing Starcraft 2 or Diablo 3 (or any action rpg for that matter).
And definitely find this controller much more exciting than all the new console announcements recently.
about time someone made the gap between mouse and a controller smaller. can't believe how long it took to get there... good job Valve. as always.
Would like to see it with Dota or LOL. With these games on a mouse you are constantly clicking forwards and backwards accurately. I wonder if you could tap the edges of the sensors to quick look instead of dragging it back and forth. This would also help with FPS. A lot of FPS players quick flick the mouse. If you could drag the sensor and also tap on the edges in the direction you want to quick look that could compare to a fast reflex twitch in a mouse. Just my 2 cents:)
I will/would use this in certain situations. I am a believer. Not because its steam, but what they are trying to do
My only concern is will your thumbs get held up on they trak pad as the friction from your fingers builds up. Much the way they do while playing a game on your cell phone like modern combat? If the touch pads can remain smooth with your fingers I would be willing to give this a try.
@Vict95 lol it's going to be more accurate
@naryanrobinson Duh its for the steam machines.
@wonzan you have to pick up a mouse every time you run out of room, so what would be different? This is nothing like a mouse ball.
@DemocraticTroll It's pretty good when you learn to get around with it, give it some time.
@skiprat I'll use real joystick on games that requires a joystick, flight sims for example. Pad is great on certain types of games for sure. I agree you with that strategy games on big TV. I tried to play Civ 5 on my big screen, but couldn't read small text from proper distance so games like that can remain on desktop.
and yet you can't say dou*che...
Couldn't agree more!!!
@edwards86 This thing do the same with rapid movement with your finger, that's the point of it. Problem solved!
@sebbysebbseb Agreed, I would find this contoller intriguing even if it wasn't from steam.
@Geminon anyone else finding volume levels varying wildly between videos? I just watched Random Encounter, had to turn it way down, on this video I had to put it all the way up and can barely hear it. It's been like this with many videos, not just those 2.
@NTM23 I've had adblock for time....all these videos work for me.
@NTM23 Too bad you won't find quality videos that match GameSpot's
@NTM23 Videos started to working with Adblock plus on today for me. Last two days required some advertisement watching so I tried again today and they worked.
@NTM23 you only have to turn it off for this site though, not all together. But it still sux!!
@NTM23 Yes you do.
@radikel @Ladiesman17 agreed, nothing in the next-gen consoles gives you that "gaming revolution" feel but watching this gives you that feeling pretty much instantly.