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'Steam Controller' Combines Mouse's Precision With Gamepad's Convenience

by Devin Coldewey /

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Ever want to lay back on the couch to play your new game, but then remember that it's the kind you need a mouse for? Valve has you covered with the new Steam Controller, a gamepad that gives you the precision of a mouse through a pair of touch-sensitive pads where you might normally find analog sticks. This allows users to move cursors around just like they would on their laptop's trackpad, making point-and-click games like city-builders and real-time strategy possible to play without a mouse and keyboard.

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We tried an earlier version of the controller at an event in Las Vegas in January, and while it took a bit of getting used to, it worked as advertised and was definitely better in many games than analog sticks. It also has all the usual bells and whistles controllers generally need — sensitive triggers, lots of buttons, and motion controls so you can steer with a tilt instead of a press.

You can pre-order one now for $50 — "a limited number" will be shipping in October, and the rest shortly afterwards.

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