When Steam showed off a rough update to its Steam Controller in January, the company said a further redesign was inbound. Now, just a few months later, the company has shared the first picture of what is now the new design, one which consumers can expect to get their hands on later this year. It’s an evolution in comparison to the last one, with the same ergonomic design with a reorganized button layout, two contextual menu buttons and a glossier finish to give it that extra premium shine.
The Steam controller is still much different from what’s available for consoles today. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have terrific controllers, and Valve’s Steam Controller is certainly a different approach. There are no thumbsticks, for one, and an arrangement of two sets of buttons in the familiar diamond configuration. The lack of thumbsticks will definitely take some getting used to for players, but the way the controller is designed is supposed to more closely mimic the keyboard and mouse environment.
The controller is still in the prototype stage, but Valve said folks will be able to try it out at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week. More updates will be coming soon, Valve said, as the company continues to make changes to the controller. From what it used to look like, it’s definitely shaping up into something both familiar and futuristic.