Steam Controller Drops Touchpad

Gets d-pad, face buttons

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It would appear that Valve has given its Steam Controller an overhaul, with the most notable difference being the dropping of its touchscreen.

Word on this has made its way out of Steam Dev Days, along with the mock-up pictures you can see alongside this story.

It seems that in place of the touchscreen we'll have a d-pad and face buttons to help with backwards compatibility. It's also being reported that the retail model of the pad will run on AA batteries, enabling users to opt for rechargeables.

In keeping with the recent news of SteamVR, the pad has been designed with virtual reality in mind.

While Valve sees biometrics as important, they won't be captured through the pad as the hands are not seen as the best method of capturing them.

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