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SFV legacy support photo
SFV legacy support

Street Fighter V will have legacy controller support after all


No need for a new stick yet
Feb 09
// Nic Rowen
This is one case where I don't mind seeing a developer go back on something they've said. Spanish website MeriStation broke the news that Street Fighter V is going to come with a day-one patch to add in support to make PS3-er...
XCOM 2 photo
XCOM 2

XCOM 2 will be compatible with the Steam Controller at launch


I still need to get one of these
Feb 04
// Zack Furniss
While playing a review copy of a game that may or may not rhyme with Frying Dwight, a pop-up appeared to announce that Firaxis and Valve are implementing Steam Controller support for XCOM 2. If you have one of them fancy dooh...
Steam Controller photo
Steam Controller

Make sweet, sweet, screeching music with the Steam Controller


It's like a robot stuck in a blender
Jan 26
// Joe Parlock
There’s something really appealing about using things which sound just awful to make neat music. People have managed to get a tune out of disc drives, dot matrix printers, both together, and now the Steam Controller&rs...
Oculus Touch photo
Oculus Touch

The Oculus Rift's Touch controllers need more time


Now targeting the second half of 2016
Dec 31
// Jordan Devore
The Oculus Rift's Touch controllers already weren't going to make it in time for the virtual reality headset's launch, but now they're even further off. Oculus VR expects to ship Touch in "the second half of 2016," noting tha...

Alt.Ctrl.GDC 2016 photo
Alt.Ctrl.GDC 2016

Licking and sucking are just two ways you'll control games at GDC 2016


Crazy alternative control schemes!
Dec 29
// Jed Whitaker
The games lineup for GDC 2016's Alt.Ctrl.GDC showcase has been announced, and the control schemes sound crazy as heck, if not tasty.  Hello, Operator! has players acting as a telephone switchboard operator in the 1930s by physically connecting calls with patch cables. If there is any voice acting, I hope it is old-timey. I love the dialect of that era.
Spice Orange sonnet photo
Spice Orange sonnet

Ode to the Spice Orange GameCube controller


A color by any other name
Dec 24
// Darren Nakamura
The holidays are a magical time. Off work, spending time with family. Sometimes art happens. Sometimes an artist finds himself writing a traditional Shakespearean sonnet about the Spice Orange GameCube controller. Sometimes a bad video with a worse faux-thespian narration gets produced. This is one of those times. Mind the over-enunciated iambic pentameter.
Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Power A's Xbox One Star Wars controllers are nifty looking


Not the best pad, but wired is useful
Dec 11
// Chris Carter
I was recently sent a pair of Power A wired Xbox One controllers for testing, and they happened to line up directly with the arrival of the new Star Wars film, set to debut next week. The feel of the controller is rather slic...
Valve photo
Valve

Let's watch robots build Steam Controllers


They're our new overlords
Dec 10
// Jordan Devore
Ever wonder how controllers are made? Valve has put out a fascinating behind-the-scenes video showing the hard-working Aperture robots (yes, really!) that assemble Steam Controllers. It lacks the minutia of something like Ho...
Xbox PC adapter photo
Xbox PC adapter

Windows 7 now supports the Xbox One wireless controller adapter


Support added for Windows 8.1, too
Dec 10
// Jordan Devore
The Xbox One controller is terrific enough that I've considered dropping $25 on one of those wireless adapters for PC so I can use it beyond just Xbox gaming. But I haven't. Not yet! I'm still on Windows 7, despite Microsoft'...
Nintendo NX photo
Nintendo NX

Nintendo files patent for what might be the NX's controller


Oblong with a full touchscreen
Dec 10
// Brett Makedonski
Nintendo has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for an oblong controller that features a full touchscreen. As rumors heat up surrounding the NX, Nintendo's next piece of hardware, we're left to ...
Xbox One photo
Xbox One

Controller remapping is now available on all Xbox One controllers


PC support is incoming
Nov 17
// Laura Kate Dale
Good news for everyone who owns an Xbox One but didn't shell out for one of those ultra fancy premium Elite controllers, you can now remap the buttons on your standard Xbox One controllers too. Previously limited just to Elit...
PlayStation 4 photo
PlayStation 4

Check out this awesome Darth Vader PS4 controller


May the PS4 be with you
Nov 10
// Vikki Blake
The Darth Vader-themed PlayStation 4 DualShock controller will be available in Europe from November 18, 2015, and November 19 in the UK. Sony confirmed the news on the official EU and UK PlayStation twitter accounts.
Xbox One Elite photo
Xbox One Elite

The Xbox One Elite controller will be in low supply this month


It's still $150
Nov 03
// Chris Carter
The more I use the Xbox One Elite controller, the more I'm stuck on it. It's been pretty great to me so far despite the insane $150 price tag, but it looks like people who own these things are going to be a bit more "elite" i...
PS4 remote photo
PS4 remote

Sony's PS4 media remote is a gigantic monolith of a device


It has issues though
Oct 30
// Chris Carter
I try not use too many remotes in my household. It's already bad enough having so many different controllers lying around, and having to juggle multiple devices beyond that gets pretty annoying. It's why I try to control most...
Pug Butts photo
Pug Butts

Sniffing pug butts given an accessible controller for disabled gamers


Detachable butt in the full release
Oct 28
// Joe Parlock
Butt Sniffin Pugs is a game about exactly what you’d expect: walk around a park, sniff pug butts, get new abilities, sniff more pug butts. While that does sound wonderful, there are other people on this site who have mo...

Review: Steam Controller

Oct 23 // Chris Carter
As I've stated in the past, the build is a bit flimsy, and over time you really start to feel how awkward the design is. When I opened up the battery cover for the first time and tried to close it, I felt like I was breaking the controller. The paddles have been conspicuously built into the cover itself, which has a lot to do with it, but it doesn't necessarily feel like a $50 device, all told. On the flipside, there's an aura of familiarity to the Steam Controller. It has your classic face button setup, with the same exact colors and letters as the Xbox pad -- a PC staple that you're probably already used to. The main difference lies in the left and right paddles on the back, in addition to the two triggers and two bumpers, as well as the two pads that sit above the lone analog stick. Even after a week of testing, I still find the choice to include two pads a bit odd. Again, the left side is absolute garbage if used as a traditional d-pad. Playing platformers is a chore, and I had to constantly rely on the analog stick for movement -- and in some cases when the game didn't support it, map WASD or the d-pad to it. It's just not built for precision if you're not using it like a mouse. For those games that do utilize both pads however, like shooters, it's actually quite intuitive. It takes some getting used to, but if you fine-tune your sensitivity settings both in-game and on Steam, it manages to transcend a traditional controller, and come closer to something like a mouse and keyboard setup. It's at this point of clarity that I felt like I was at a crossroads. I mean, it works well with a lot of games -- I found it to be more than adequate for Valkyria Chronicles for instance -- but it's just so limited that I often found myself swapping out an Xbox One controller due to frustration. In that sense, it doesn't really succeed in being a one-stop shop for PC, which isn't ideal. There are a few genres where you'll find a degree of success with it (racing as well as shooters), but it never really measures up to its competition. The best part of the device however is the heavy amount of customization power it holds. If you actually dig down into Steam's settings, you can switch up nearly every aspect of the unit. Every button is swappable, down to the paddles on the back, and even the two pads can be swapped to emulate a mouse or analog sticks. Everything right now has to be done manually though. While there are plenty of options for developer-based "recommended" settings and community suggestions, there are very few people out there who actually have a Steam Controller in their hands. As such, I had to look up some configurations and manually input them, which took upwards of 15 minutes for each individual game. Heck, I didn't even discover the gyrometer function until a few days in. [embed]316931:60831:0[/embed] And really, that's the target audience for the Steam Controller -- hardcore PC fans who like to tinker almost more than they actually play (hell, you need to do a lot of legwork if you want to use your device with non-Steam games, like for example, The Witcher III if you bought it at GOG). Over the years I've kind of taken the middle road, as I like the accessibility of consoles, and the open nature of the PC platform, and the Steam Controller kind of straddles both philosophies in that way. It's a gateway for console fans to enjoy PC games more, but it's still not as reliable as an Xbox controller. It's also very easy to set up. If you pop in the included Bluetooth dongle, you're basically good to go after pushing the giant Valve button in the middle of the controller. If you're going the wired route, your PC should instantly recognize it. While there are optional drivers you can install on the unit itself (similar to Xbox One), it's a plug-and-play affair with zero stress, and two AA batteries. Maybe somewhere down the line, the Steam Controller will have hundreds of instant configurations loaded into the OS, and the next iteration of the device itself may be fine-tuned based on the feedback from the first generation. But for now, I'd only pick it up if your curiosity has been piqued, and you game on your PC nonstop. [This impressions piece is based on a retail build of the unit purchased by the writer.]
Steam Controller photo
Wait for the next version
PC gaming has come a long way since I first witnessed it in the '80s. There were hundreds of peripherals, from first- to third-party controllers, joysticks, proprietary flight sim devices, to full-on vibrating vests for games...

Elite controller photo
Elite controller

What if your garbage kid throws your Elite controller parts down a storm drain?


Questions for Microsoft and Scuf
Oct 16
// Brett Makedonski
I briefly tinkered with the Xbox One Elite controller at E3 as part of a larger platform demo about the direction of the system. I didn't play any games with it or mess with any high-level customization programming. Instead, ...
Xbox One controller photo
Xbox One controller

Xbox One wireless controller capability comes to PC next week


Cutting cords
Oct 12
// Brett Makedonski
At GDC this year, Phil Spencer announced that sometime in 2015 people would be able to use their Xbox One controllers wirelessly on their PC. It seems as if Windows 10 was a big part of those plans. Now that the operating sys...
Your favorite stores? photo
Your favorite stores?

Steam Controllers and Machines only available at select retailers this year


GameStop, EB Games, and Game UK
Oct 06
// Jed Whitaker
In a strange twist, it has been announced that Valve has partnered with GameStop in the USA, Game UK, and EB Games in Canada to be the exclusive non-digital retailers for Steam Controllers and Steam Machines through the holid...
Elite controller photo
Elite controller

Goodness gracious, the Xbox One Elite Controller can do a lot


It really goes whole hog
Oct 05
// Brett Makedonski
The Xbox One Elite Controller was unveiled at E3, and it was kind of the sleeper-hit of Microsoft's showcase. The likes of game announcements and backward compatibility got the most attention, but damn -- that controlle...
Xbox One Elite photo
Xbox One Elite

The Xbox One Elite controller's button mapping is coming to all pads soon


Probably the best feature
Oct 05
// Chris Carter
The $150 Xbox One Elite controller has a ton of new features, but one of the most interesting mechanics is easily the ability to remap every button on the controller. Responding to a fan, Xbox's director of program manag...
Xbox One photo
Xbox One

Xbox One Elite controller coming October 27


Hope you've been saving up
Sep 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Microsoft's Xbox One Elite controller seems to be targeting an October 27 release date, according to a number of retailers, including Amazon, GameStop, and Microsoft's own online storefront. That would mean the customiza...
Apple TV photo
Apple TV

The first third-party controller has surfaced for Apple TV


First third-party is an odd phrase
Sep 10
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey, do you want to play games on your Apple TV using a controller that has physical buttons and a more standardized video game controller layout? Well, good news, third-party controllers are starting to pop up for the device...
Xbox Elite App photo
Xbox Elite App

The Xbox Elite controller's app lets you customize everything


But when will we get sexy colors?
Aug 06
// Jed Whitaker
At around 38:33 in the video above, we get our first in-depth look at the Xbox Elite's controller app, and it looks awesome. The app allows you to configure your controller in basically every way imaginable from stick sensit...
Xbox One chatpad photo
Xbox One chatpad

Lovely Xbox One controller gets an ugly chatpad


Function, not form
Aug 04
// Steven Hansen
I mean, hey, it works. Anyone type enough on the Xbox One that they're picking this bad boy up when it launches in November?
Xbox photo
Xbox

Xbox One Elite Controller gets a hefty discount - HURRY


Amazon UK offer knocks 42% off RRP
Aug 04
// Vikki Blake
[Update: And... they're gone! Hope everyone who wanted one got one!] If you've been hesitating to splash the cash and secure yourself a Xbox One Elite Controller, pay attention - Amazon UK is selling the things for "just" &po...
PS4 PC-style controller photo
PS4 PC-style controller

PlayStation 4 is getting a keyboard/mouse controller


Courtesy of Hori
Jul 27
// Jordan Devore
With a name like Tactical Assault Commander 4, you know shit's about to get real. Hori is creating another PC-style wired controller for consoles following its hybrid keyboard/mouse controller for PlayStation 3. This new one,...
PS1 throwback photo
PS1 throwback

Standalone PS1-style DualShock 4 out this September


20th anniversary headset, too
Jun 23
// Jordan Devore
For most of us, that limited-edition 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 was something to look at and nothing more. Sony didn't produce enough of them to meet demand. But at least with the controller, we're getting a second chance...
Controller photo
Controller

That fancy Xbox One controller is $150


The price of the high life
Jun 15
// Brett Makedonski
It may not have gotten a ton of attention this morning, but one of the more interesting reveals at Microsoft's press conference was the Xbox One Elite Controller. It's made for both Xbox One and PC, and the hook is that it's...
Xbox One photo
Xbox One

Xbox One Elite Controller announced, lets you customise it


Button remapping is great news
Jun 15
// Joe Parlock
At the Microsoft expo at E3, Microsoft has unveiled its new Xbox One controller design, dubbed the “Elite.” Microsoft is claiming it will have increased precision, but more importantly it will also bring customis...

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