The new design has been derived through feedback gathered directly from the ongoing beta. It no longer supports a touch screen, dropped the lithium battery, and adopted a more traditional legacy layout, putting the ABXY and directional buttons underneath the dual touch pads.
As you’ll see in the images below, Xbox One users – and even PlayStation 4 users – will most likely find the new face buttons quite familiar.
Old Steam Controller
New Steam Controller
Valve’s Eric Hope gave an in-depth presentation during this year’s Steam Dev Days where he explained the reasoning behind each alteration. He also added that though what Valve ships later this year will be a “stable base” for its users, other premium features, like the touch screen, may be added (or added back) down the road.
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The new controller will ship at volume later this year and will also be available to try out at this year’s DGC March 17-21.
What do you think of the new design?