Valve updated the Steam Controller software, driven mostly by community feedback, statistics, and direct enhancements from lead users. This update allows users to bind media key inputs to the desktop so that the controller can adjust volume, play, pause, and skip when it is not being used to game. They also added context menus for hotkeys, so they can be accessible from the controller without each action taking up a whole button. It sounds like an analogy for the Q command rose in games like Battlefield, just in your input device drivers (and customizable).
There were two other features that caught my eye. First, controller profiles will soon be sharable for non-Steam games (if you add them to your Steam library). This may or may not be useful for titles from Blizzard or Riot Games. Would sharing profiles really help these games be playable with a controller? Either way, there are certainly some titles that will benefit from this, especially those purchased on GoG. The other addition is “Controller HUD.” Basically, when enabled, it shows the pressed inputs on screen. It sounds like Valve intended this to be a debug mechanism for creating profiles, but it could be very useful for video streamers (especially speedrunners).
Lastly, and this is purely for entertainment value, Valve published a video of their factory. Someone decided that it would be hilarious to stick Aperture Laboratories on various machines. It's pure promotional fluff… but cool fluff.
You forgot to mention that
You forgot to mention that they also used the Portal / Aperture Soundtrack and some enhanced sound effects.
I enjoyed it 🙂
Ironically, my usual problem
Ironically, my usual problem is being too precise.
the video is pretty, well
the video is pretty, well done. About the controller, so far I like it, but I’m not using it for all games yet.
Wow, I used to live less than
Wow, I used to live less than a mile from that plant.
Maybe future factories will
Maybe future factories will be producing Steam Tablets, and Steam laptops! And we can see the factory producing devices that do not run M$’s OS! The Tablet/Laptop OEMs are not offering yet anything, but some who also make PC are offering PC based Steam Machines.
So Scott, you will keep us updated on any AMD based Steam APU, or AMD GPU based OEM made Steam Machines.
We’ll do what we can.
We'll do what we can.
Nice Video! I have not got
Nice Video! I have not got use the controller yet. Maybe it’s my age, the old dog new tricks thing, LOL…born in 1965.
We will live to rue the day,
We will live to rue the day, I tell you! Those aren’t controllers; they are SENTRY BOTS, made to look like controllers! One day soon, we will all wake up to discover we’ve become Test Subjects for GlaDOS! Mark my words!
I’m mainly using this
I’m mainly using this controller for GTA5. Finally after 4 weeks I’m better than I was using my trusty old 360 controller. It will never out-do my k/m, but it’s a definite upgrade from traditional analog sticks provided you set it up right.
Well done Steam I say.