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2:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Valve shows off its redesigned Steam Controller

Yes, it's still weird-looking but the Steam Controller is coming along. Particularly when compared with its original, intimidating version which you can see side-by-side below. We knew a redesign was in the works, but this it...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Amazon's controller isn't much of a looker

Blogger Dave Zatz has seemingly come across photos of the game controller for Amazon's long-rumored media streaming device by way of a Brazilian regulatory agency. The controller will reportedly ship separately, which has me ...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 03.12.2014

Google buys Android controller company Green Throttle Games

Green Throttle Games was part of the whole Android-based gaming arms race alongside Ouya, GameStick, and others. What made GTG unique was their Atlas controller, which paired with the company's Arena software, allowed for mul...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 PM on 02.10.2014

Xbox 360 is getting two new limited-edition controllers

With the exception of the Nintendo 64 era, I have never gone too wild with owning differently-colored controllers. Generally speaking, the default one (or two) styles are good enough for me. That's looking to be the case with...

Jordan Devore

4:45 PM on 01.15.2014

Steam Controllers are getting a redesign

Developers attending Valve's Steam Dev Days event have been tweeting like crazy. One of the more notable reports to come out of this developer-only conference is that the divisive Steam Controller will undergo serious changes...

Jordan Devore

10:45 AM on 01.15.2014

Titanfall Xbox One controller is kind of cool, I guess

Yep, it's a "look at this new controller" post. It sure is white, black, and orange, huh? I guess it probably looks like something that someone that controls mechs would use. Maybe. I don't know; I've never seen a mech, let a...

Brett Makedonski

8:00 PM on 01.09.2014

This new iOS controller from Signal looks familiar

So far there have been three iOS controllers -- the MOGA Ace Power, the Logitech Powershell, and the SteelSeries Stratus. All three of them have their own advantages, but one common flaw -- they're all $99. Competition i...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 01.09.2014

Valve aiming to make Dota 2 viable with Steam Controller

When Valve introduced their Steam Controller, we knew that their ultimate goal was to have it work with nearly every game in the Steam library -- which includes Dota 2 -- a hardcore MOBA that traditionally is played with a mo...

Chris Carter

2:00 PM on 01.06.2014

Review: SteelSeries Stratus iOS controller

MFi controllers really have the ability to be a game changer for iOS devices. But they're in their infancy, and not only are a select amount of games supported, but they also have some limitations. So far, I've reviewed the L...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 01.03.2014

Wikipad to produce Gamevice mobile gaming controller

The manufacturers of the Wikipad gaming tablet have announced plans to release a controller accessory compatible with other brands of mobile devices, Gamevice. The controller, which can expand or contract to fit various table...

Conrad Zimmerman

6:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Review: Logitech PowerShell iOS controller and battery

The time has finally come for iOS gaming to shine with those of you who hate touch controls. For years mobile gaming has alienated those who can't stand playing things without tactile feedback, so iOS 7 and various peripheral manufacturers have answered the call. I already gave the MOGA Ace Power a pretty positive review, so how does the Logitech Powershell fare?

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Review: MOGA Ace Power iOS controller and battery

As you may have heard, MFi (Made for iPhone) controllers have started to roll out. In a nutshell, they work with a limited amount of games, but they allow you to use real, physical buttons for titles that may not work as well...

Chris Carter

5:15 PM on 12.11.2013

Use a DualShock, mouse/keyboard, and more on Xbox One

Thanks to the ChronusMAX, Xbox One owners aren't limited to the console's default controller. As the video shows, you can get DualShock 3, DualShock 4, Wii U Pro Controllers, PS3/360 fight sticks, and even mouse and keyboard...

Steven Hansen

10:00 AM on 12.11.2013

These are the games that work with iOS MFi controllers

With the advent of iOS 7, support for controller add-ons was born -- it just took a while for them to actually come out. They're officially known as MFis (made for iPhone), and they basically allow you to snap your devic...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 12.07.2013

The best and worst games of the week - Racing Royalty

Oh December! You are by far my favorite month of the year, and not just because it's Christmas and my birthday. Your winter slumber in the games department allows me the leisure of checking my backlog list twice and knocking ...

Wesley Ruscher

10:15 AM on 12.05.2013

Tongue and butt controllers created by Valve engineer

Here is something I have never thought while playing a game, "Gee! I wish I could use my butt to control this!" Even if it's something you have never thought of, an engineer at Valve, Ben Krasnow, put together two very inter...

Joshua Derocher

5:45 PM on 11.20.2013

Logitech unveils iPhone 5 gaming controller & battery

Logitech has revealed its entry into the iPhone controller market, hinted at earlier this year, with the Powershell Controller + Battery. Now that iOS 7 comes with native support for gaming controllers, Logitech is stepping u...

Steven Hansen

7:00 AM on 11.19.2013

The DualShock 4 can be made to work on the PC

Thanks to some software created by InhexSTER, the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 can be used with a PC. The guys over at PC Gamer have tested it out, and they explain how you can get it working. Right now the wireless functions ...

Joshua Derocher

6:30 PM on 11.18.2013

There's a prototype Xbox One controller that emits scents

In the first of a series of behind-the-scenes articles on the development of the Xbox One controller, GamesBeat covers the work that went into the new and improved gamepad. "When we started this program, I went and said, 'Hey...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 11.14.2013

Jimmy Fallon and Ice-T play with the PS4's AR games

During last night's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Sony's head of special projects, Dr. Richard Marks, came by to demonstrate the abilities of the PS4's camera and motion-controlled gameplay. Both Jimmy Fallon and ...

Alessandro Fillari

12:45 PM on 11.11.2013

Valve will be making Steam controllers themselves

It's often said that if you want something done right, do it yourself. In an interview with IGN, Valve's Greg Coomer confirmed that the new Steam controllers will (for the time being at least) be produced by Valve, rather tha...

Conrad Zimmerman

7:00 PM on 11.05.2013

Moga releases new controllers for Android phones, tablets

Just in time for the holiday is the perfect new controller for all of you Android users that just play Super Nintendo games on your emulators. What? Don't look at me like that. You know it's true. The full-sized Moga Pro Powe...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:00 PM on 10.25.2013

Yep, the DualShock 4 works with Mac games

Today is DualShock 4 day, apparently. Sony's new gamepads are starting to become available at brick-and-mortar stores; we know they'll work for PC gaming; and there's even support for some but not all PlayStation 3 games. Add...

Jordan Devore



DualShock 4 already on sale at GameStop for $59 photo
DualShock 4 already on sale at GameStop for $59
by Kyle MacGregor

The PlayStation 4 is still three weeks away from release, but that hasn't stopped its controller from sneaking onto store shelves well ahead of launch. 

Shipments of the DualShock 4 have already materialized at certain retail locations. Destructoid snapped a photograph of the gorgeous new controller in its new habitat at GameStop this evening at a store near our San Francisco office. The retail price is $59.99 (discuss)

Check it out in the gallery below!

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller [GameStop]

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1:30 PM on 10.22.2013

The DualShock 4 could've looked like an Xbox 360 gamepad

On the surface, the DualShock 4 we're familiar with may not appear radically different from its predecessor, but that's only where designers ended up. Along the way, the PlayStation 4 controller took some strange forms. "At t...

Jordan Devore

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

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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

5:00 PM on 09.10.2013

The PS4 wins the next-gen battle thanks to dog petting

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!

Hamza CTZ Aziz

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.

Hamza CTZ Aziz



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