Valve’s Steam Controller has already gone through a design change, but a second alteration sees the introduction of a more traditional analogue stick.
When the original was unveiled at the end of September last year, it featured two prominent trackpads with haptic feedback. Those trackpads were either side of a touchscreen that could be programmed for various functions by developers. That touchscreen was later axed to make room for typical A, B, X and Y face buttons and a D-pad so as to allow for backwards compatibility with existing Steam games.
Now, Valve appears to have swapped the D-pad for a single thumbstick on the left hand side of the controller. This is presumably for backwards compatibility as well, but it feels somewhat superfluous considering the initial haptic trackpads are still there. Perhaps they’ve added it in to appease gamers who can’t live without an analogue stick? There is still no price or release date for the Steam Controller.