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Steam Controller - finally RTS games for the living room?

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5 years ago
http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamController/

It looks very nice. It will be probably inferior to the true mouse-and-keyboard experience, but it can obviously provide massive leaps over a thumbstick when it comes to pointing-devices for an RTS.

I'm imagining a full all-commands gesture menu on the left thumbstick.

My only complaint: no scrollwheel. I was hoping for a scrollwheel on the right shoulder, making the right-hand into a full mouse-like input.
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5 years ago
My first impression is that it won't be much better for moving a cursor on a screen than the current controllers.
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Looks cool, im just woriing about analogs ergonomic.

I bought X360 controller last week, which is great, nothing is more relaxing than play Witcher 2 or burnout paradise from couch.
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5 years ago
Are the trackpads absolute (like a gamepad's analog sticks) or relative (like a mouse, touchpad, etc.)? If absolute, nothing was solved in terms of FPS control. If relative, I'd be willing to give it a shot.
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It's Valve. FPS games are their bread-and-butter. Real ones, not aim-assisted console ports. If the trackpads were just fancy joysticks, I think they'd have just stuck a pair of thumbsticks on the thing. I figure they went into this with the default assumption that the trackpads were pointing-devices and then went crazy with the weird haptic-feedback system to try and make them "feel right" as thumbsticks for games that need that. And since the haptic-feedback system is driven by code and not springs, it can be turned off for pointing-device usage.

I mean, you could probably even simulate trackball-like physics where you "throw" the pointer and then touch the pad to "brake" the pointer (like you would with a well-bearinged trackball) and trackballs ain't half bad for gaming. Not a mouse, but not bad.
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5 years ago
I have to agree, I would assume they are relative. Either way their best point is they are open and moddable, and valve will be working with the community every step of the way.
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We have some panasonic tv which has similar trackpad controller for internet browsing and controlling tv apps, it sucks. At least for me this conroller looks like piece of shit.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/20/panasonic_to_add_touchpad_remotes_to_top_end_tvs/
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5 years ago
Browsing web without keyboard, and playing FPS without mouse is always pain, for the rest, there are gamepads :)
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5 years ago
No doubt Valve is going to do an amazing job with this thing. They're smart and creative and they understand games.

But nobody, and I mean NOBODY can predict if it's going to be any damn good whatsoever for RTS games until we actually get our hands on one.

But it's fun to speculate.
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3 months ago
I retrieved a working trackball, as Logitech sent me a replacement. Then I searched in the forum, no else posts about trackball it seems. As a low skill player, I will see how it do in my next game.
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