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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Nov 26, 2019, 20:22
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Nov 26, 2019, 20:22
 
Abject failure. Anybody thought these we good?
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Nov 26, 2019, 20:27
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Nov 26, 2019, 20:27
 
Overon wrote on Nov 26, 2019, 20:22:
Abject failure. Anybody thought these we good?

They are great if you have a steamlink device/app and don't want to lug around other controllers, since they link to the tablet without issue. Not to mention it's 100% programmable... meaning using the desktop with (when you want to do something via streaming on your desktop, like opening the browser) it is not a pain.
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Nov 26, 2019, 20:36
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Nov 26, 2019, 20:36
 
I bought one about a year ago on Amazon just to try it out because I was curious and I wanted to see if there existed something for the PC better than what Microsoft's Xbox pad could offer.

Short answer is, it wasn't very comfortable. I spend a few days trying to configure the "analog" part of the pad but it never moved perfectly horizontal no matter how I tuned it and the analog sticks of the Xbox pad still felt better overall.

I did like the "haptic response", as they called it. The little movement inside when you used it. Nice gimmick, but not worth sacrificing comfortable control and better support for.
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Re: R.I.P.: Steam Controller
Nov 26, 2019, 21:27
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Nov 26, 2019, 21:27
 
Snagged, just like I did the Steam Link when those were on clearance. Not a bad price for some novelty tech. Maybe the Index will go 90% off sometime, too?
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Nov 26, 2019, 21:32
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Nov 26, 2019, 21:32
 
Excellent news and lol @ Valve for their failed, feeble attempt to turn PCs into conslows.
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Nov 26, 2019, 21:40
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Nov 26, 2019, 21:40
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 26, 2019, 21:27:
Snagged, just like I did the Steam Link when those were on clearance. Not a bad price for some novelty tech. Maybe the Index will go 90% off sometime, too?
yep, I got a Link for the same reasons. Probably will get one of these and sell it nib 50 years from now for $8 bones. Don't follow my investment strategy.

The new Epic controller is supposed to be the bomb, and it comes with free games. . Can't wait Wink
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Nov 26, 2019, 22:37
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Nov 26, 2019, 22:37
 
i bought a couple of the steam links also when they were on sale. The charger alone was worth it, as its a perfect match for the original PSP 1000 models (only ones i have), and is a far better charger than any of the crappy ones you can buy for it nowadays.

The controller on the other hand.. not even worth $5. Worst latency in any modern controller since the DS3. Even worse than it in some regards, and just terrible at so many genres and games I love, like classic console games/emulation. If I were going to lug a controller around anywhere to use for convenience, it would have to work with those games at least somewhat decently, and this turd does not pass that basic benchmark like pretty much every other major controller does.
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Nov 27, 2019, 00:38
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Nov 27, 2019, 00:38
 
I borrowed one from a friend for about a week. The layout was goofy, honestly. Think I might just be too used to the PS4 layout, at this point. Didn't notice latency all that much, but it just felt... weird. Like original X-Box Duke weird. If you're going to have that much real estate on a controller, then everything should feel and fit better against the way it rests in your hands.
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Nov 27, 2019, 01:12
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Nov 27, 2019, 01:12
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I'm starting to think there are no decent gamepads out there. The Steam Controller was too weird, My Xbone Elite controller had its rubber grips fall off, and I'm on my third PS4 controller because the left stick always starts uncorrectably drifting after a year or so.
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Nov 27, 2019, 01:24
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Nov 27, 2019, 01:24
 
NKD wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 01:12:
I'm starting to think there are no decent gamepads out there. The Steam Controller was too weird, My Xbone Elite controller had its rubber grips fall off, and I'm on my third PS4 controller because the left stick always starts uncorrectably drifting after a year or so.

Never tried the Xbone controllers. On my second ps4. They really hit a good layout/feel for that one. I had one that I over-used the right trigger, till a tiny bit of plastic gave out. It's usable, but 'off'.

Honestly, I'd kinda like to see a new SpaceOrb360. Great for FPS and 6DOF-types of games.
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Re: R.I.P.: Steam Controller
Nov 27, 2019, 01:37
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Nov 27, 2019, 01:37
 
Dash wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 01:24:
NKD wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 01:12:
I'm starting to think there are no decent gamepads out there. The Steam Controller was too weird, My Xbone Elite controller had its rubber grips fall off, and I'm on my third PS4 controller because the left stick always starts uncorrectably drifting after a year or so.

Never tried the Xbone controllers. On my second ps4. They really hit a good layout/feel for that one. I had one that I over-used the right trigger, till a tiny bit of plastic gave out. It's usable, but 'off'.


I any case, I just ordered a Steam controller, so lets see.
Honestly, I'd kinda like to see a new SpaceOrb360. Great for FPS and 6DOF-types of games.
I like my Xbone controller. Only issue I have is that it sometimes loses connection and the buttons wont work if I press them too lightly.
Thought about getting the Elite instead, but the user reviews are horrible, saying that it breaks all the time.
Since it was my first controller in a very long time, I also thought they have fixed the sensitivity on those things, but you still cant do fine adjustments very well on them. I mainly use it for aircraft in GTA Online, so it isnt such a huge deal.
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Nov 27, 2019, 03:20
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CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 26, 2019, 21:32:
Excellent news and lol @ Valve for their failed, feeble attempt to turn PCs into conslows.

Another quality jab from Parker. Bra-vo.
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Nov 27, 2019, 05:16
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Next : VR
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Nov 27, 2019, 06:12
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Luke wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 05:16:
Next : VR

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Nov 27, 2019, 08:11
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Luke wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 05:16:
Next : VR
Just no. You can't compare the remote control for a TV to the experience of IMAX.
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Nov 27, 2019, 09:19
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Nov 27, 2019, 09:19
 
It's more than worth it for this price. I switched to a DS4 because I found getting good configs for some of my games troublesome, and the touchpad is just never quite as good as a thumbstick. It has excellent build quality, tough, and if you have more patience with the config tool than I do, you'll enjoy it.
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Nov 27, 2019, 09:31
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Nov 27, 2019, 09:31
 
Bought two and I never use them. The controllers would have been great if they had squeezed in another analog stick because the track pad is a very poor replacement.
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Nov 27, 2019, 09:49
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Nov 27, 2019, 09:49
 
007Bistromath wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 09:19:
It's more than worth it for this price. I switched to a DS4 because I found getting good configs for some of my games troublesome, and the touchpad is just never quite as good as a thumbstick. It has excellent build quality, tough, and if you have more patience with the config tool than I do, you'll enjoy it.
Well, its more for games that dont really work well with a thumbstick, like Darkest Dungeon for example, or Bad North.
I have given up on waiting for BIS to come back to their senses and do a real ArmA 2 successor.
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Nov 27, 2019, 09:53
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Nov 27, 2019, 09:53
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NKD wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 01:12:
I'm starting to think there are no decent gamepads out there. The Steam Controller was too weird, My Xbone Elite controller had its rubber grips fall off, and I'm on my third PS4 controller because the left stick always starts uncorrectably drifting after a year or so.

MSFT released a V2 Elite, which supposedly fixes that issue. Haven't tried personally, or looked into recent reviews, so that may have changed, but the new one is supposed to be much better.

I considered an Elite, but just use an XBone controller. Prefer them to the PS4, primarily because the left stick is in a better place. Sony seems to think that controller design largely stopped in 1994. Xbox seems to believe it stopped in 2008.
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Nov 27, 2019, 10:05
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Nov 27, 2019, 10:05
 
I've had a Steam Controller for a year or two... The customization is amazing....but so daunting that I'm not sure it's worth it. The layout is odd...but functional. The trackpads and gyro are fantastic and this is the only place where it shines. It's the only controller I've ever run across that you can play a first person game and it feel natural when you grow accustomed to the inputs.

All that said......since Steam already does fantastic controller integration, I pretty much only use a DualShock 4 from my PS4 for games. (edit : only for games best suited to a controller...Bastion, Dark Souls, etc..)

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