Steam Controller (image 001)

Valve caused quite a stir claiming its upcoming Steam Controller was designed to work without a hiccup with all the games on Steam, including the older titles in the catalog and the ones that were not built with controller support in mind. To prove its point, the company has released a nice video demonstrating Steam Controller with a number of popular Mac games sold on Steam, such as Portal, Counterstrike and Team Fortress. Give it a watch right after the break…

Valve is pitching the Steam Controller as a different kind of gamepad:

We set out with a singular goal: bring the Steam experience, in its entirety, into the living-room. We knew how to build the user interface, we knew how to build a machine, and even an operating system.

But that still left input — our biggest missing link. We realized early on that our goals required a new kind of input technology — one that could bridge the gap from the desk to the living room without compromises.

So we spent a year experimenting with new approaches to input and we now believe we’ve arrived at something worth sharing and testing with you.

Here’s the video demonstration.

Steam Controller will be released later this year.

Currently, some 300 Steam beta testers are testing the device.

Last month, Valve launched an assault on the living room by announcing a free Linux-based operating system for the living room gaming PCs, SteamOS. The company also plans to build a SteamOS-powered gaming consoles dubbed Steam Boxes.

Rather than design it to be exclusively used with Steam Boxes, Valve has created the Steam Controller to be compatible with existing Steam games for Mac and Windows PCs while fooling older titles into thinking they’re being played with a keyboard and mouse.

SteamOS (teaser 005)

Players can use the configuration tool to create and share bindings for their favorite games or choose from a list of the most popular configurations. The controller itself is an admirable piece of engineering, packing in the latest in sensing technologies including biometric tech.

“Built with high-precision input technologies and focused on low-latency performance,” the accessory features a total of sixteen buttons, clickable dual trackpads, super-precise haptic feedback employing dual linear resonant actuators and a fully programmable touch screen in the center of the controller.

As a bonus, Valve says the Steam Controller was designed from the ground up “to be hackable”.

The controller, along with Valve-built Steam Boxes, is due later this year. The controller will also work with any Steam version, including Steam for Mac.

  • Rafael Damasceno

    Zibreg… Properly quote the text and verify the video links before posting 😛

  • Rehan Ahmed

    You had my attention at “Valve” and “games”.
    You lost my attention at “Mac”.

    • Andy

      Why? It just means the Steam controller works on different Operating Systems, even Linux. If there was also iOS support, I’d be really impressed.

      • Rehan Ahmed

        You don’t really think Macs are for gaming, do you?

      • the mac have some good games

      • Sigurd Boe

        You don’t really think the Internet is for porn either, do you?

      • Cesar D

        Macs are for nothing until you learn to use them.

        If you don’t know how to use a Mac and you have one means that you are one of the hundred mororns that just use an i7 pc-mac for facebook and games. You can quite optimize games on mac.

      • Maze

        Wrong. I own a new MacBook Pro 15″ with an Nvidia 650 GTm 1GB DDR5 RAM and 16GB DDR3. Through the bootcamp utility I have a Win 7 Ultimate OS installed which I use to play all games such as BF3/4, Far Cry3, and Assassins creed. Just cause you don’t know how to use it, doesn’t mean it can’t do things.

      • R4

        Yes, those games on medium or low settings. But you can get a gaming pc for around the same price but runs games with realism mods. Macs aren’t for gaming, well unless you own a Mac Pro

      • Maze

        Sorry, but no. I play my games on maxed out settings. If I wanted to play on medium to low, I wouldn’t have bought a dedicated GPU and instead used the integrated GPU.

      • Singed

        What a hardcore gamer. Buys a mac to play Windows games!

      • Maze

        Not why I bought the Mac but okay. I can do everything and anything with my Mac without worrying about compatibility issues. Can you say the same with your windows? Let me know when you can run Xcode or Final Cut Pro.

      • Singed

        The fun fact about Windows is that it has more than one program for a category.

      • JaeM1llz

        iPhones aren’t for playing games either, but plenty of people play games on them. I’ve been playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on my Macbook Pro for over a year.

      • Cam

        Macs are for everything. Welcome to the new world order.

  • R4

    We all know Macs aren’t for heavy gaming. It heats up after a while.

    • Maze

      So? If you knew anything about computers, you’d know every computer computer with a GPU that plays heavy games heats up. Laptops are built to be durable against higher temperatures of heat than desktops. As long as you don’t play games for 3 days straight on any computer, heat shouldn’t be a problem. Speak for yourself next time.

      • R4

        Yup, all computers heat up but as a thin all in one pc iMacs don’t have the same fans that desktop gaming computers have. I play games for around 3-6 hours in the weekend and macs just aren’t up for that. Don’t get me wrong I love macs but they’re not for gaming.

    • CC-Dog

      Every computer heats up. Mac simply conducts more heat to the surface to ensure it doesn’t build up inside. Major parts of my Mac rarely goes above 65°C even in heavy duty.

  • Pitchy

    LOL @ popular Mac games. That’s a joke right? Although now that I have my new Haswell i7 27″ iMac, I need to load up Portal and see how much better the graphics are over my 24″ 2009 iMac

  • bigtalk

    no thanks just make my PS3 controller work with my ipad games please…

  • Tom

    You can use coupon, promo code ( WEAVEME ) in CodeWeavers online store and save 25% off CrossOver Mac. And then play windows games on your Mac.

  • b9bot

    DOES NOT WORK with a Mac! Piece of crap! Don’t waste your money like I did.