This is What the Current Steam Controller Prototype Looks Like

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Ahead of next week’s Game Developers Conference, Valve has released an image of the latest Steam Controller prototype that will be showcased at the company’s booth, along with a side-by-side comparison between the current model and the original prototype.

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The obvious change is the switch from a touch screen on the face of the controller to a Start, Pause and Steam home button cluster in the center and then a set of Xbox-style face buttons and a D-pad-like configuration of arrow buttons evenly lined up in similar positions to how analog sticks are placed on a DualShock controller. It also looks like Valve jazzed the design up a bit with a band of shiny plastic outlining the array of inputs.

What do you think of the updated design? Do you care about losing the touch screen?

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