R.I.P.: Steam Controller

Noticing the Steam Controller is on sale for just five bucks in the Steam Autumn Sale, The Verge got in touch with Valve to learn the once-hyped controllers are being discontinued. There is no further explanation other than their statement that "Valve confirms that this is the last batch of these gamepads that will ever be made." They also note that shipping on these to most places will cost more than the controller itself, saying shipping to the continental U.S. looks like it's $8.00, making the total delivered cost of one of these $13.00.
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007Bistromath wrote on Nov 28, 2019, 02:32:
Steele Johnson wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 14:04:
Do you remember the Steam Machine? Everyone but them knew it was a bad idea to sink money into a new console.
Making a PC build that games on the 800-lb. gorilla distribution platform can standardize around is a great idea.

The problem with Steam Machines is they didn't do that. They tried to sort of become a certification body for other companies to do it, with varying specs and price points. So there go the advantages of consoles for both seller and user; no economy of scale, and a much more complex value proposition.

In other words, great idea; execution sucked.

Yeah I agree, Steam is already big, and Valve could've leveraged that by standardizing the SKU's, and making it clear on Steam what games would run well on which model.

People aren't confused when they walk in a store and see an Xbox or Playstation, but they sure as hell would be with all the different Steambox variatons.
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