Valve made waves last month when it officially unveiled its initiative to bring PC gaming to the living room, but perhaps the most puzzling piece of its three-part announcement was its Steam Controller. The jet black gamepad is noticeable devoid of joysticks, instead opting for dual touchpads that Valve claims to be almost as precise as a traditional mouse and keyboard.
Reactions were initially mixed, but no ordinary gamer has seen the gamepad in action. Until now, that is. A new video on Valve’s YouTube page shows the device in action, with the company’s Jeff Bellinghausen running through such games as Portal 2, Civilization 5, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Papers, Please. Check it out for yourself below.
The video seeks to demonstrate the versatility of the Steam Controller, as those four games represent four separate genres that are very much different from one another. We’re still going to reserve judgment until we test it out for ourselves, but the way the controller can switch from a “legacy mode” keyboard and mouse replacement to a custom setup is promising, as is the way the touchpads can be configured to mimic d-pads, WASD keys, 1-to-1 mouse pointers, or regular joysticks.
Again, though, we’re going to hold off on calling the Steam Controller the “future of gamepads” for now. Valve will be making the controller available as part of its early hardware beta later this year, and it says that it will be churning out more controller demonstrations in the near future.