Back in September Valve finished off its week of announcements with the unveiling of the Steam controller, which included two trackpads, a touchscreen in the middle and a few buttons. It was met with a mixed reception with some praising the design, while others didn’t like the lack of buttons. Well this reception sent Valve back to the drawing board, and they’ve revealed a newer version of the pad.
This new Steam controller adds in a traditional D-Pad as well as the four button configuration on the right hand side, which is the standard for most controllers. The two trackpads are still part of the controller, which I guess means Valve is allowing the player to decide which control layout they prefer. The touchscreen seems to have disappeared completely replaced with a Steam button, as well as two other buttons.
I personally prefer this updated version purely because it does present the best of both worlds, and gives a choice to the individual on how to play. No idea if you can use a trackpad/button combo though which would be interesting. What do you think of it?