Valve’s redesigned Steam Controller prototype to be displayed at GDC

Valve’s redesigned Steam Controller prototype to be displayed at GDCThe newly redesigned Steam Controller prototype which Valve announced over the weekend will be displayed by the company at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco this week.

With Valve exhibiting the new Steam Controller prototype at the GDC, there will be a total of ten prototypes on display by the company. The attendees of the conference will be able to play and test the new design.

With the new Steam Controller prototype not having as revolutionary a design as the original Steam Controller, it is apparent that Valve has made attempts to ensure that the new prototype is a more standard controller, in line with the design of other controllers available on the market.

As a result of the redesign, the new Steam Controller eliminates the touchscreen and ineptly-positioned buttons which were crammed between the trackpads. In place of these buttons, the new Steam controller has a classic directional pad and diamond-shaped face button layout, similar to that of an Xbox or PlayStation controller.

In a statement about the new Stean Controller prototype, Valve said that "the latest version refines ergonomic aspects of the Controller by adding two diamond-patterned button layouts in the area previously designated for a touch-screen display;" and added: "These analog buttons are offered in addition to the [track]pads featured in the original prototypes."