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The Steam Controller is About To Officially Die, And That's Too Bad

The Steam Controller is dying, as confirmed by Valve, and will be discounted heavily in its final batch as part of the Steam Autumn Sale.

Steam Controller Discontinued Too Bad

The Steam Controller, one of Valve's most underappreciated contributions to the industry, is going through its final death rattles as part of the Steam Autumn Sale this year, and that's a shame. For those unfamiliar, the Steam Controller was introduced alongside the Steam Machines project from Valve, a series of prebuilt gaming computers that were explicitly designed to operate Valve's SteamOS through the company's more popular digital distribution client.

Steam Machines wasn't the success that Valve had hoped for, but the Steam Controller stands out as one of the major contributions the initiative made to gaming, even if it wasn't noticed by many players while it was around. The controller is explicitly designed to be highly customizable thanks to the unique demands many PC games have for their users, and as a result it's one of the most appealing peripherals for gamers who have unique needs as players or who simply want a higher level of control over their experience while playing titles. Given the extensive nature of the Steam library, even managing to design a controller that's basically compatible with most of them was an accomplishment for Valve, one that was criminally underrated.

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Now, the Steam Controller is in the midst of one final send-off according to Valve (as confirmed by The Verge), getting a heavy discount during the Steam Autumn Sale. The controller itself now only costs $5 USD for the duration of the sale, and will vary in shipping cost, but it's one of the weirdest controller designs in recent memory and, as it turns out, one of the best. Valve has also confirmed this will be the last batch of the controllers ever produced, meaning that one of gaming's cult favorites will be riding off into the sunset after this stock clears out.

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That knowledge might cause the Steam Controller to sell quicker, too, given how much people have been praising it after finding out it's going to be disappearing soon. It's a niche element of gaming history that fans never really fully embraced, but developed a strong following of gamers who craved customization over all else when it came to gaming on PC with a controller.

As a collector's item, the Steam Controller is probably not going to accrue the same sort of value that other memorabilia from moments in gaming have over the years. Still, it's one of Valve's more interesting contributions to the industry and makes for an extremely nice piece of tech to have handy for all sorts of games, and for the price it is right now, it's probably worth a look from those who had never heard of it before or didn't want to spend much money on giving it a chance.

Next: Valve Might Have To Let Steam Users Resell Games (In France)

Source: Steam (via The Verge)

 

The Steam Controller, one of Valve's most underappreciated contributions to the industry, is going through its final death rattles as part of the Steam Autumn Sale this year, and that's a shame. For those unfamiliar, the Steam Controller was introduced alongside the Steam Machines project from Valve, a series of prebuilt gaming computers that were explicitly designed to operate Valve's SteamOS through the company's more popular digital distribution client.

Steam Machines wasn't the success that Valve had hoped for, but the Steam Controller stands out as one of the major contributions the initiative made to gaming, even if it wasn't noticed by many players while it was around. The controller is explicitly designed to be highly customizable thanks to the unique demands many PC games have for their users, and as a result it's one of the most appealing peripherals for gamers who have unique needs as players or who simply want a higher level of control over their experience while playing titles. Given the extensive nature of the Steam library, even managing to design a controller that's basically compatible with most of them was an accomplishment for Valve, one that was criminally underrated.

Related: EA Games Are Returning to Steam, Including Jedi: Fallen Order

Now, the Steam Controller is in the midst of one final send-off according to Valve (as confirmed by The Verge), getting a heavy discount during the Steam Autumn Sale. The controller itself now only costs $5 USD for the duration of the sale, and will vary in shipping cost, but it's one of the weirdest controller designs in recent memory and, as it turns out, one of the best. Valve has also confirmed this will be the last batch of the controllers ever produced, meaning that one of gaming's cult favorites will be riding off into the sunset after this stock clears out.

Steam Indie Game Sales Down 70 Percent

That knowledge might cause the Steam Controller to sell quicker, too, given how much people have been praising it after finding out it's going to be disappearing soon. It's a niche element of gaming history that fans never really fully embraced, but developed a strong following of gamers who craved customization over all else when it came to gaming on PC with a controller.

As a collector's item, the Steam Controller is probably not going to accrue the same sort of value that other memorabilia from moments in gaming have over the years. Still, it's one of Valve's more interesting contributions to the industry and makes for an extremely nice piece of tech to have handy for all sorts of games, and for the price it is right now, it's probably worth a look from those who had never heard of it before or didn't want to spend much money on giving it a chance.

Next: Valve Might Have To Let Steam Users Resell Games (In France)

Source: Steam (via The Verge)

 

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