Steam Controller Review

Hello all! Txspoon here, during my Thanksgiving break I was able to procure a Steam Controller from Lareson! He had a cancelled order become not so cancelled and ended up with two. I was more than willing to take it off his hands. With that being said, I’ll just rattle off some thoughts I’ve had on the controller.

  • It’s been a few weeks now and I have to say I really like it. I’m not 100% with it yet because there is a learning curve and it does feel weird at first.
  • It’s definitely a new feeling but still conforms to the hands nicely.
    I think the best part about learning to use this controller are the user maps available when choosing a game before booting it up.
  • So far I’ve done minimal adjusting to any of the user submitted controller maps.
  • The haptic feedback is nice. It would be odd without it, as it would feel like just two track pads. It helps you find your center a bit is what i’m getting at.
  • I’m not a huge fan of having to use big picture mode in order to use it, but it hasn’t been a hindrance.
  • Typing while using the steam browser was surprisingly nice. Odd at first but very easy to adapt to and quick to type.
  • Overall build is pretty solid. It’s got some nice weight to it due to the batteries in the handles.
  • Build quality is average. Bunch of plastic. But what did you expect?
  • Buttons have a nice response and the triggers are two staged, so there’s intended play before the actual click.
  • I haven’t yet used the two back buttons on the battery access cover but I imagine they would be good for KB/M games or MMO’s as extra bindable buttons.

Overall? I really like it. I’m still getting used to it but it is fun to use and I see now how it bridges the gap between gamepad and KB/M and so far has done very good.  If you find a deal on one I’d say pick one up. If you’ve got a friend with one, definitely give it a go and see what you think! Below are some videos from Lareson he took in November just for reference.