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October 19, 2015, 11:34 pm

So they made it too big? Sized to fit Gabe Newell's chubby mittts I guess. A promising product otherwise. Hope they make a regular sized version next time.


October 20, 2015, 8:57 am

My Steam Controller arrived on Friday and I spent most of the weekend using it to play Talos Principle in "mouse and keyboard" mode, and my thumbs *never* got tired!

In fact, they were significantly *less* fatigued than playing with analog sticks simply by virtue of the touchpads needing zero pressure or force to operate beyond moving thumb! My thumbs used to get very tired (left in particular) simple from pushing forward to move for long stretches of time...

I'm extremely happy with it and it's everything I hoped it would be since I had the same idea (but absolutely zero ability to execute said idea of course) about 7 years ago!


October 20, 2015, 9:34 am

Interesting that you described Portal 2 as an "oldie".

I am actually interested in finding out how the Steam Controller works with genuinely older games: Star Wars: KoTOR, Max Payne 2, C&C Generals, Quake 2, Age of Empires 2, Theme Park, Syndicate, literally any flight simulator.

If you have time, could you give it a go?


October 20, 2015, 3:50 pm

Portal 2 was released in 2011, that's an age in gaming terms!

Interesting point, I was planning to try a flight sim and will update the review with some older games too.


October 20, 2015, 3:51 pm

Try Civilisation or anything from the Total War series. As I mentioned playing Mad Max I had no fatigue issues. I've spoken to other people who have had the same experience as me too.


October 20, 2015, 3:54 pm

Too large for my small/medium-sized hands. I only really got fatigued with games that required the right pad to be used as a control for a mouse cursor.


October 20, 2015, 4:07 pm

Fair enough, I think I got mixed up with which genre you mentioned the fatigue when I got to the end of the article and thus the comments section!


October 20, 2015, 5:43 pm

Reading above - interesting points about type of game/fatigue relationship. I have small/mediumish hands too (I think) and short digits and the palm grips just look a bit too large for me.

I'm playing Mad Max on PC right now also but with keyboard/mouse. It'd be nice to have a usable gamepad for driving about but this pad looks like it needs to be shrunk down in size.

It'd be nice to try it out somewhere before buying. Nice review tho, ta.


October 23, 2015, 5:33 pm

I did try Civilisation V with my Steam Controller and it was really great, I had no fatigue issue with this game, but I did get tired after playing Tomb Raider for a long time. The only issue I got with CivV is that this game once in a while requires you to input numbers. You can map some frequent values, but I end up using my keyboard for that specific task. I will take the time later to do it though.


October 26, 2015, 12:27 pm

That's interesting, I had the opposite experience. Was ok with Tomb Raider for a hour or so but struggled with anything that used the touchpad as a mouse pointer for long periods of time. I think a lot of it will have to do with the size of your hands too.

Innocent Bystander

October 28, 2015, 6:15 pm

Finally. If I succeed at getting it working under Mass Effect games, it will have been worth the price of admission.


November 3, 2015, 5:30 pm

"Portal 2 was released in 2011, that's an age in gaming terms!"

You're cute, I still frequently play games from before 2000 (in addition to new releases). =)


November 8, 2015, 4:15 am

"Not as precise as a mouse and keyboard"?

The keyboard is great for many button assignments that work accurately. It's somewhat misleading to say the controller is less precise than "mouse and keyboard". Only the mouse is more precise. WASD movement is 8 directions and digital, like the D-pad, unwanted for 3D console games for decades.

The mouse is very precise and is able to compensate for the keyboard's almost complete lack of precision. Many people walk directly forward with W and *compromise aim* by moving slightly left and right with the mouse. You usually can't move forward at the same rate as you dig in Minecraft PC due to the lack of analog walking precision. When available, "controller and mouse" is the most precise tool set.

Sam Illingworth

November 25, 2015, 4:18 pm

I know I'm a little late here, but the fact your Witcher 3 is through GoG doesn't mean you can't use the Steam controller with it, you just need to create a short-cut to it from Steam and launch with that. What it DOES mean is that Steam won't know what game you're playing, so it won't show you recommended or community configs. I'm raising this on the Steam Controller forums.

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