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Valve Steam Controller

from  $73.99+
84
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

The Steam Controller is an innovative, powerful evolution in gamepad design, but it's not very intuitive. Expect to struggle through an arduous learning curve to master its combination of touchpads, gyro sensors and new grips. It won't be easy, but if you put in the time, it's worth it.

Pros
  • Innovative touchpads enable gamepad control experiences for mouse-heavy games
  • Customizable software allows controller to emulate, keyboard, mouse, gamepad and more
  • Community profiles make it easy to find a default controller configuration that works for you
Cons
  • Steep learning curve
  • Face buttons are a little small
  • Hard to use with non-Steam games
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Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

90
damfer21
A lot of people have knocked this. I get it. It will take some time to adjust....read more
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Controller / gamepad
Connection
Wireless

General

Type
Controller / gamepad

Controls

Direction control
D-pad
Buttons
7
Triggers
2
Customizeable buttons
Yes

Force feedback

Rumble support
Built-in

Connection

Connection
Wireless

Compatibility

Compatibility
Computers (PC / Mac)