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Steam Controller Gets Face Buttons in Place of Touchscreen, Uses AA Batteries

Posted on the 15 January 2014 by Sameo452005 @iSamKulii
Steam Controller gets face buttons in place of touchscreen, uses AA batteries
Steam Controllers have had something of an overhaul, Valve announced during its Developer Days event today, ditching the touchscreen in favour of more traditional controls.
Although the Developer Days is a closed event, session recordings will be made available to the public at a later date, and as there’s no NDA, many attendees are tweeting or otherwise sharing news and announcements from the inside. According to SteamDB‘s round up, the Steam Controller is undergoing changes as Valve processes beta feedback.
The most significant change is the loss of the central touchpad, which would have been used to emulate a variety of controls, as customised by users or laid out by developers. To increase the controller’s backwards compatibility, it will now have a set of face buttons laid out like those on an Xbox or PlayStation controller, and a traditional D-pad is on the cards.
The final version of the controller is expected to use standard AA batteries, so the user can opt for a commercial rechargeable option.

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