The new model seems to address some of the complaints people had with the last version. There are now traditional buttons next to the touch pads.

I was worried with how some games would work with the new controller, but at the same time I was looking forward to seeing how the strange and unique layout would work for PC games that, by default, only use mouse and keyboard.

So good and bad, I suppose. I'm still intrigued by it and can't wait to get my hands on it.

More details at Ars:

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/14/2014 at 10:29pm

This looks great, I love the addition of the new buttons. According to the video at Steam Developer Days them taking off the touch screen reduced the overall price and let them use standard batteries that the user can replace.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 03/14/2014 at 10:57pm

Yeah, the Dev Days talk on the controller was super interesting. I really enjoyed hearing how they've come to this design. I can't wait to try one out!

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/16/2014 at 06:41pm

I think if I had one bequest for the Steam controller it would be a headphone jack.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/16/2014 at 06:42pm
Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/16/2014 at 08:55pm

A headphone jack would be perfect.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/16/2014 at 10:20pm

It really would be.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 03/17/2014 at 03:23pm

Is this the final design? I agree with a headphone jack addition. Since the Dualshock 4, it's annoying that all controllers don't come with it.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/17/2014 at 05:10pm

I don't know about final but this is the latest for sure.

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