Still getting new features
More than half a million Steam Controllers have been sold, according to Valve.
The funky, big-eye-looking device has continued to improve since we reviewed it. Here are some of the recent enhancements for further customization and ease of use as outlined by the company:
- You can now configure and use the controller from your desktop [outside of Big Picture], including the pop-up keyboard to communicate with your non-Steam programs.
- You can now configure and use the controller from your desktop, including the pop-up keyboard to communicate with your non-Steam programs.
- Create templates from your favorite settings and apply them across all your games.
- Create multiple “Action Sets” and switch between them on the fly. For instance, in GTA V or Just Cause 3 it’s easy to switch between walking, driving and flying controls with a single button.
- We’ve enhanced support for games purchased outside of Steam. Once you add the game to your library you can edit and share your configurations with your friends just like any other Steam game.
- Full Steam Controller support in VR Game Theater mode, including using the motion controls as a virtual steering wheel.
And in another update coming soon, “You will soon be able to use Activators to assign actions to press-and-hold, double click, toggle and more. For example, in Doom you can cycle through all weapons by pressing a button or double tap it to bring up your BFG.”
With each of these updates, I’m that much closer to ordering one. The controller struck me as a novelty when it was first announced. I wasn’t so sure it would gain traction. But the more I hear encouragement from happy owners, the more I think I could put it to good use.
June Update [Steam]