Valve’s divisive Steam Controller is formally no extra. Not solely has the corporate confirmed it is now not manufacturing the system, all remaining models are quickly being snapped up following heavy reductions in the course of the present Steam Autumn Sale.
The Steam Controller initially launched again in 2015 (after a lot revision), as a part of Valve’s slightly half-hearted Steam Machine initiative. Branded Steam PCs have lengthy been a factor of the previous following its unceremonious demise, and now its bizarre – however, so far as I’m involved, genuinely great – enter system is defunct too. Valve has confirmed to The Verge that the present lot of Steam Controllers would be the final ever batch to be produced.
It’s true that the Steam Controller bought a number of issues incorrect; it felt low-cost and flimsy in comparison with its established console counterparts, and it was by no means actually all that good for taking part in video games designed with two analog stick in thoughts – ie. the large variety of console ports now on PC. That’s as a result of Valve, in an bold bid to controller-fy the PC’s mouse-and-keyboard interface, ditched one stick in favour of two trackpads.
Despite its issues although, the Steam Controller is a mini marvel of configurability, with Valve’s accompanying software program providing an enormous quantity of flexibility by way of customisation. It’s bought shoulder bumpers, buttons, haptic suggestions, gyroscopic aiming, two splendidly useful rear paddles, all of which may be mixed and assigned in myriad helpful, even invaluable methods – and a recreation’s group can share its configurations on Steam too.
For somebody like me, whose PC gaming set-up is, by means of necessity, fully primarily based round a settee and lounge TV, it has been a fully important addition, and I would not have been capable of play half the mouse-driven video games I’ve loved over the previous few years with out it. And I’m genuinely a little bit unhappy to assume that when my Steam Controller ultimately shuffles off to system heaven in a tiny sigh of defeat, there could also be nothing much like change it.
Yesterday, as a part of its Steam Autumn Sale, Valve discounted its final remaining Steam Controllers by 90%, lowering the value from £39.99 to £4.00 (though supply prices £7.40). Demand, it appears, was excessive – the Steam web page has intermittently reported the controllers as out of inventory all through the day, though I did randomly handle to seize one a little bit earlier.
Those hoping to safe a bizarre little piece of gaming historical past (or simply, you recognize, a substitute unit in case of future mishaps) would possibly wish to preserve a watch out, ought to extra inventory are available.