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The Verge plays the Steam Machine

#1ECOsvaldoPosted 11/4/2013 5:15:38 PM(edited)
http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/4/5063760/we-try-the-steam-machine-valves-video-game-console-of-the-future


Here's their reaction to the Steam Controller when trying it out:

The touchpads are surprisingly accurate, and they make first-person shooters and other mouse-friendly games far more accessible than any analog stick can afford. You can sweep your thumb across the pad to turn on your heel, then move it a tiny bit more to line up a headshot without having to compensate for a joystick's return motion. You can push a thumb to the very edge of the pad to keep moving continuously. You can even use both touchpads simultaneously in cursor-driven games to move the mouse cursor faster than with either alone.

And importantly, you won't have to settle for default generic controls or painstakingly figure out which keys should bind to which buttons by yourself. Valve is crowdsourcing controller profiles for every Steam game, allowing players to vote up the best sets of controls, and it's simple to tweak them afterwards as well. When I found that the left trackpad was too sensitive in Portal 2, I simply turned it down.


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#2AsellusPosted 11/4/2013 5:21:59 PM
Valve is crowdsourcing controller profiles for every Steam game, allowing players to vote up the best sets of controls, and it's simple to tweak them afterwards as well.

Pretty ingenious way of doing things there.
#3StormKMDPosted 11/4/2013 5:25:44 PM
No spreadsheets wtf.
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#4KillerTrufflePosted 11/4/2013 5:25:49 PM
The holding your thumb at the edge of a touchpad for continuous turning should also address concerns people had about constantly having to lift and reposition your thumb to turn. That effectively makes it similar to analog sticks in terms of continuous turning rates, but still allows for faster twitch aiming than you can get with analog sticks.

I think I'll still always prefer KB/mouse for shooters (I'm open to persuasion, but still skeptical), but it the Steam controller does sound interesting enough I'd definitely like to try one...
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#5ECOsvaldo(Topic Creator)Posted 11/5/2013 2:41:04 AM
KillerTruffle posted...
The holding your thumb at the edge of a touchpad for continuous turning should also address concerns people had about constantly having to lift and reposition your thumb to turn. That effectively makes it similar to analog sticks in terms of continuous turning rates, but still allows for faster twitch aiming than you can get with analog sticks.

I think I'll still always prefer KB/mouse for shooters (I'm open to persuasion, but still skeptical), but it the Steam controller does sound interesting enough I'd definitely like to try one...

I am also definitely interested in trying out the controller as well.
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#6josh_bazzellPosted 11/5/2013 2:44:09 AM
I'm honestly curious as to how the controller will work for fighting games.
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#7FenriswolfPosted 11/5/2013 4:26:40 AM
No thanks, I'll stick with my superior 360 controller
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#8ECOsvaldo(Topic Creator)Posted 11/5/2013 4:39:03 AM
Stick with your 360 controller then! NOW ONE IS FORCING YOU TO BUY THE STEAM ONE!

It's meant as an option for those who don't want to use the keyboard and mouse. I'm still sticking with my 360 controller as well for games that utilize it, but I definitely want to get the Steam controller also for the rest of my keyboard/mouse games.
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#9Benjamin_ButtonPosted 11/5/2013 4:45:24 AM
day 1 buy
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#10josh_bazzellPosted 11/6/2013 4:20:09 PM
Fenriswolf posted...
No thanks, I'll stick with my superior 360 controller


Sorry, but the 360 controller is junk. The Dpad is junk, the buttons get stuck and break, the analog sticks get grindy and are junk... JUNK
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