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Valve's Steam Controller is being discontinued

LukarWuff

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Kalentan

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Oct 25, 2017
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Huh....

Should... Should I cancel my order? Doesn't this likely mean that a new version is on the horizon?
 

Arulan

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Oct 25, 2017
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It's the best modern controller by far. I hope they continue to innovate if they decide to do a second controller.
 

Nzyme32

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Huh....

Should... Should I cancel my order? Doesn't this likely mean that a new version is on the horizon?
Pretty confident this is the case. Steam Input has been pretty huge and its features spring out of the most flexible and creative option - the Steam Controller. There isn't a solution for PC gaming that matches it. With their Cloud gaming service coming up, and Link getting more mobile use, makes sense for an updated controller, and potentially exploring a different form factor for mobile.
 

Hanbei

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Nov 11, 2017
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Ah, this is why they're selling it so cheap right now. Is it worth it though? Is it a good controller?
 

JustinH

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Interesting. I wonder if they're going to make a new controller that works both with VR and without next (can you use the Index's controllers without VR? Or do they wireless connect to the headset like the awesome Oculus Touch controllers?).

I never got too much into using my Steam controller, but using it to play Civ V did become my favorite way to that game.

Only issue I really have with mine, is that Eneloop batteries are just so slightly thicker than standard AAs and won't fit in my Steam controller, so if I wanna use it I need to use disposables.
 
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LukarWuff

LukarWuff

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Oct 27, 2017
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Where do you buy one in Canada? I don't see the option to buy on the steam store.
I think someone said in another thread that the controller is sold by third-party vendors in Canada and can't be bought directly from Steam.

Yup. Can use bluetooth or the USB wireless receiver that it comes with. Apparently you can also get the receiver to work with Index controllers too, though I have no knowledge on that.
 

Lagamorph

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Oct 26, 2017
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And nothing of value was lost.

Easily the worst controller I've ever had the misfortune of using.
 

Ionic

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Oct 31, 2017
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steam machines.. steam link.. now steam controller


steam index ??
Steam Machines failed, Steam Link was discontinued because they made it so practically every dinky piece of computing hardware can act as a Steam Link making it irrelevant, and the Steam Controller is probably just getting a new version. The Index seems successful enough based on the amount of stock they can produce and keep selling.
 

Nzyme32

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Oct 28, 2017
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steam machines.. steam link.. now steam controller


steam index ??
Machines, sure.
Link evolved into the Link App, and now Link Anywhere + Remote Play Together across iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and Raspberry Pi, Samsung Smart TVs
Steam Controller spawned all the features for Steam Input and all the subsequent compatibility for all other gamepads. Steam Controller remains the only gamepad able to utilise all the features. New edition seems inevitable
Valve Index is doing pretty damn well considering its price, and is the best solution out there. That aint disappearing anytime soon
 

BizzyBum

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Oct 26, 2017
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With tax and shipping it came to $15 so at that price it's definitely worth it. Hell, even if I don't even use it it's cool just to have as a novelty item since they are discontinuing production.
 

collige

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Oct 31, 2017
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I'll be pretty bummed if they kill it entirely. It definitely served its niche, my biggest issue with it was the fairly lame build quality.

If they made a version with only one trackpad, USB C, and a good d-pad, it would be amazing
 

Chopchop

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Oct 25, 2017
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I liked what that controller was trying to do, but I always found it pretty finnicky to set up, even with premade profiles.

The games I played on it always tried to turn the touchpads into bad analog sticks, which kind of defeats their purpose, but is also the most natural choice for controller-oriented games.

The third rear trigger on each side is a great addition though. More controllers should do that.
 

Nappael

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Picked one up. I needed a new controller for home, and wanted to try the Steam controller for a while.

I think a revised version is pretty likely in all truth.
 

SigSig

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Oct 26, 2017
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It's a shame you can't add more than one to an order, would have bought 4 of them. Didn't, because I'd have to pay shipping for each of 'em, so I just bought one in case my first one dies.
The controller is AMAZING and seeing it discontinued stings. #teamrevisionpls
 

Transistor

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Damn shame. One of the best controllers I've ever used and it makes comfy couch gaming so convenient.
 

GungHo

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Nov 27, 2017
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Ah, this is why they're selling it so cheap right now. Is it worth it though? Is it a good controller?
If it works for you, sure. It takes a little time to get used to it. It's not really like picking up an Xbox controller, and not just because they moved where shit is.
 

Arulan

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If they do a second revision, I hope they double-down on their original design. The standard A, B, X, Y buttons weren't necessary. The left analog stick can also go. They just need to revise the left pad to make it the perfect WASD/D-Pad replacement. Making it rock (like a Sega Saturn D-Pad) and improving the physical click may be enough. Perhaps add in additional back buttons for more fingers too.
 

BlueManifest

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Oct 25, 2017
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I thought they were making a version 2? I really liked the steam controller when I played on pc, I liked that launch video that showed them being made in the factory while it played portal music too
 

DanteMenethil

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Oct 25, 2017
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Why is Canada getting shafted so hard on distribution? EU and US has it and we only ever got the initial release batch over here. The steam controller is 140+ dollars on amazon.ca and 5 bucks in the us its insanity
 
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Yeah not a fan of mine. I'd be conceptually interested to see what they'd change for a revision, but more likely they'll just not do anything.
 

greenbird

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I've never used one, but for $13 and change it's gotta be worth a try. I've been sharing a DS4 between my PC and PS4 since my first DS4 became too faulty to use regularly.
 

5taquitos

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It's a crime that the controller wasn't embraced more, it's one of the best controllers available and the level of configuration is absolutely mind-boggling.