New Valve Controller Patent Application

A new international patent application from Valve proposes a swappable button scheme for a handheld controller, suggesting Valve may be planning a new version of their recently discontinued Steam Controller (thanks Tyler McVicker via PCGamesN). Here's the abstract for the patent:
Described herein are, among other things, handheld controllers that include housings having one or more receiver portions for detachably coupling to one or more controls. For example, a housing of one such controller may include, on a front surface of the housing, a receiver that is configured to detachably couple to one or more joysticks, one or more D-pads, one or more track pads, one or more buttons, and/or the like. In some instances, a user may swap a first control for a second control based on a current application (e.g., game title) that the user is playing, based on comfort of the user, and/or for any other reason.
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Apr 13, 2020, 17:37
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Apr 13, 2020, 17:37
saluk wrote on Apr 13, 2020, 17:25:
When I got a steam controller I went from using different input devices for every game to using the steam controller for basically everything, outside of some first person shooters (which I rarely play because my TV setup doesn't make mouse+keyboard particularly comfortable).

Since it was discontinued I've been quite nervous that I will break it and not be able to replace it.

So I do hope they come out with an updated version.
I have one bnb (brand new in box) unopened should that ever happen. Seriously doubt I'll ever use it.
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