The Steam Controller Just Got A Great New Feature

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The Steam Controller Just Got A Great New Feature

If you’re a fan of action-RPGs, strategy games, or MOBAs, the Steam controller just became a much more viable option.

Currently an opt-in beta feature, the Steam controller’s new Mouse Region functionality works like this:

“This lets a touchpad be mapped to a configurable, fixed region of the game window, such that touching the pad in a given zone will always position the mouse cursor to the same matching spot in that region. This can be used to improve accuracy and responsiveness in top-down action games and strategy games. Mouse Region modes can warp the cursor to and from their region when they are activated through mode-shifts, which can be useful for holding a button to activate a smaller Mouse Region above the minimap in a strategy game. The regions are also reshapable, allowing a configuration to temporarily activate a horizontal, flat Mouse Region on top of a skillbar in a roleplaying game.”

So basically, it turns a haptic pad into a 1:1 map of the game screen (or a portion of it, which you can customise the size and location of). Within that space, you can tap a region to instantly move your cursor there, or you can just swipe it around as you would with normal mouse controls.

In short, it’s awesome — just what the witch doctor ordered for games with top-down cameras and skill bars. Watch me take it for a spin in Diablo-esque action-RPG Torchlight II:

I barely even scratched the surface in that video. I can’t wait to see what people come up with. I might have initially been sceptical of the Steam controller, but kudos to Valve and the community for pushing it in some promising directions.

Comments

  • When is this coming to Australia already? I’ve been itching to pre-order one for ages.

    Are these out in the wild yet?

    • They can be purchased if you are in the US.
      Estimated delivery if you buy now is December 9-18
      Steam link also available with est delivery of 6 days

  • im not gonna bother with the controller. steam link sort of interests me, but ive got a home server connected to my tv and can steam stream to that and then us xbox 360 controllers.

  • Amazon USA has stock of the steam link and steam controller, and they ship international

    Downside is the USA – AUS exchange rate sucks hard for us at the moment.

  • Tried the Steam Controller at PAX, not commenting on functionality and useability as it really is something you need to get used to in more than a 10 minute session, but the build quality is cheap rubbish and put me off buying one…

    • Yeah I didn’t like it. I know it’s only a prototype but the thumb pads were hard not the pleasant looking rubbery ones in the promo art and the handgrips were on backwards.

      I mean it worked though so o guess it has that going for it.

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