In its third media release this week Steam have now announced the Steam Controller, a touch screen dual trackpad game pad for its yet to be announced SteamBox. The SteamBox is the much anticipated PC like games console which Steam hopes will revolutionise PC gaming, making it affordable and more accessible. Steams website states “The most prominent elements of the Steam controller are its two circular trackpads. Driven by the player’s thumbs, each one has a high-resolution trackpad as its base”. Steam hopes developers will exploit the controller in intuitive and exciting ways.
Steam announced its new Linux based gaming operating system SteamOS on Monday. On Wednesday it was the announcement of ‘Steam Machines’ which got people excited. These will be a collection of differently priced systems of varying specifications for testing. Next year we should see this hardware and software come together in the form of the final SteamBox or Steam Machine.