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8:00 AM on 10.22.2013

PS4 controller kind of works with PS3

YouTuber Udetto had an idea. Sitting with a debug PS4 he cannot show off, in the name of science and Barbara Steele he decided to try and get the PS4 controller working on the PS3. It's like when I put a PS1 disc in a CD pla...

Steven Hansen



Portal 2 and Civ V demoed with the Steam Controller photo
Portal 2 and Civ V demoed with the Steam Controller
by Jordan Devore

As predicted, my brain can't handle this demonstration of the Steam Controller.

I'm so used to the current twin-stick form factor that imagining what it must feel like to have a mouse and keyboard emulated on a gamepad using dual trackpads is bizarre. But this showcase of the controller comes across as strangely natural since it's in the hands of someone at Valve who's gotten comfortable with the input method.

There are more videos of the controller yet to come, and Valve is specifically asking for suggestions on what next to play. This video covers Portal 2, Civilization V, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Papers, Please. I agree with everyone who wants to see a platformer.

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8:30 PM on 10.03.2013

Transistor to use DualShock 4's lesser known features

I've yet to get my hands on either of the controllers for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One but I was lucky enough to get my hands-on time with Transistor at PAX East this year. In a blog post, Supergiant Games head Greg Kasavin ...

Alasdair Duncan

10:00 AM on 09.29.2013

Team Meat's Tommy R. previews the Steam controller

[Photoshop by CJ Melendez] We've had a few goofs at the expense of Valve's newly announced controller, but that doesn't mean we're not willing to give it a fair shake. On one end, it's easy to take one look at it and say "No ...

Jonathan Holmes

1:20 PM on 09.27.2013

Exclusive: A better look at Valve's new Steam controller

You may have seen Valve's announcement today, but Destructoid has the only full, in-depth gallery for their new Steam controller. Below, you'll find images from every angle of this new device. Every detail can be thoroughly examined in our gallery. We didn't miss a beat. Maybe we did. If we did miss an angle, let us know in the comments section.  pic by Mikey Turvey

Dale North



Valve introduces a new type of controller for Steam photo
Valve introduces a new type of controller for Steam
by Jordan Devore

The third and final of this week's Steam announcements is what many of us predicted: a new input method. It's funky looking, to say the least. The controller has dual trackpads, haptic feedback from dual linear resonant actuators, a touch screen, and physical buttons, of course. Despite how it looks, Valve says this will support the full Steam library through a legacy mode that treats the controller as a mouse and keyboard.

"Traditional gamepads force us to accept compromises," writes the company. "We've made it a goal to improve upon the resolution and fidelity of input that’s possible with those devices. The Steam controller offers a new and, we believe, vastly superior control scheme, all while enabling you to play from the comfort of your sofa. Built with high-precision input technologies and focused on low-latency performance, the Steam controller is just what the living-room ordered."

With this design, the intent is to make genres that were traditionally unplayable on a gamepad (or nearly so) work well, such as real-time strategy, 4X, and in-depth simulation titles. I'm eager to see what a first-person shooter would feel like on this gamepad. Forget the Steam operating system and Valve's living-room PC plans -- this is what I'm most interested in.

Update: some of our readers think it looks familiar.

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8:00 AM on 09.25.2013

Just in case: Here's a third party iPhone/iPad controller

One cool tidbit out of iOS 7's release is its support for third party gaming controllers. Logitech teased one last week, but the GameCase is one you can look at with your eyes and probably heavily scrutinize.  It looks ...

Steven Hansen



The PS4 wins the next-gen battle thanks to dog petting photo
The PS4 wins the next-gen battle thanks to dog petting
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

In Valiant Hearts, a new game about World War I from Ubisoft, you can pet a dog by using the touch pad on a PlayStation 4 controller. Just rub the touch pad while your dog companion is nearby and you'll pet it in the game.

PLAYSTATION 4 WINS THE NEXT-GEN BATTLE THANKS TO DOG PETTING SIMULATION!

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10:00 AM on 09.03.2013

Xboxtopus: Xbox One supports eight controllers

At One-ce. Some facts from the Xbox One product page, spotted by CVG, note that you can pair eight Xbox One controllers to a single console. This is an upgrade from the PlayStation 3's seven and the Xbox 360's four. No word y...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 08.24.2013

Impressions: Digging into Hyperkin's Pixel Art Controller

Game accessory manufacturer Hyperkin recently announced the Pixel Art Controller line of PC / Mac gamepads. I took a look at the blocky SNES-inspired design and concluded that handling this hunk of plastic would have the same...

Tony Ponce

5:30 PM on 08.21.2013

Red and blue PlayStation 4 controllers revealed

You'll be able to pick up a blue or red colored DualShock 4 controller when the PlayStation 4 is released later this year. The Magma Red and Wave Blue color variations will be going for €59/£54/$59, and they'll be out alongside the PS4's launch in Europe, and sometime later this year in North and Latin America. This is without a doubt the most exciting thing you will read all day.

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The DTOID Show: Xbox One, Kinect, and GTA V on PC! photo
The DTOID Show: Xbox One, Kinect, and GTA V on PC!
by Tara Long

Since Max is currently away in Los Angeles for a not-so-secret Call of Duty event, I got television's former darling Adam Sessler to join me on today's show to talk about the Wii U's dwindling software options and Microsoft's insistence on bundling Kinect with the Xbox One. We also discuss Rockstar's travelogue for the city of Los Santos, and go over all the features of the Xbox One's new controller!

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7:30 AM on 08.13.2013

Xbox One's $100M controller won't work with PCs yet

It took Microsoft two and a half years and over $100 million to develop the Xbox One's controller, according to CVG, talking to Xbox Accessories general manager Zulfi Alam. Were they lacquering them in truffle oil and ambergr...

Steven Hansen



What's new with the Xbox One controller photo
What's new with the Xbox One controller
by Jordan Devore

From a distance, the Xbox One controller may not look all that different from its Xbox 360 predecessor (or perhaps I'm just rapidly losing my eyesight). Sleeker, yes, but not radically different. There are actually some 40 improvements to be found -- some big, some not so big. General Manager of the Xbox accessories group Zulfi Alam walks through what's new in this video and discusses the thought process that went into some of the changes.

One of if not the biggest point of differentiation is the d-pad. Arguably the biggest flaw of the Xbox 360 controller, Microsoft has rightfully changed the design with its new gamepad. "Yes, the d-pad -- we received some feedback on," Alam attempted to say with a straight face. "Our core gamers were not terribly pleased with the height of the d-pad."

The addition of force feedback to the gamepad's triggers also sounds promising. The example given was that gamers could feel the difference between firing a rifle and a bazooka, or their vehicle's breaks in a racing title. I'm not crazy about the gamepad's price -- $59.99, or $74.99 with a play-and-charge kit included -- but on the whole it sounds like a worthy successor.

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7:00 PM on 08.10.2013

Hyperkin's Pixel Art Controller looks so uncomfortable

Videogame accessory maker Hyperkin must not like its customers very much. Why else would it design a controller that looks like it could shred the skin on your palms like grated Parmesan? This September, Hyperkin is releasin...

Tony Ponce

2:00 PM on 07.29.2013

Here's how much Xbox One controllers and headsets cost

The Microsoft Store has priced a few accessories for the Xbox One, including controllers, headsets, and charge kits. The standard wireless controller will be $59.99, or $74.99 with a play-and-charge kit included. The charge k...

Jordan Devore