The developer demos Portal 2, Civilization V, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Papers, Please using their new trackpad controller.
For those interested in how Valve’s newly announced controller will operate, the developer has posted a new YouTub video of the device used to play several PC games. The video starts off with Valve engineer Jeff Bellinghausen using the controller, which sports two trackpads instead of the conventional analog sticks, to navigate through one of Portal 2’s puzzle rooms.
He then moved on to Civilization V, a game from a genre traditionally developed to use a keyboard and mouse over a gamepad. Here, the right trackpad was used to move the game’s cursor around the screen while the left pad was used to move the camera. Buttons on the bottom of the pad are used to move the camera in and out.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was demonstrated to show how the controller can be used to play an FPS without auto-aim. The video concluded with Papers, Please, where either pad can be used alternately to control the mouse cursor. The controller will “blend” the inputs together which Bellinghausen says “is a very comfortable way to control games that need to move the mouse very precisely and yet over large distances of the screen.”
So, that’s the Steam controller in action. What do you guys think? Was it worth the big buildup, or are you still unimpressed?