Experience a new level of precise control for your favorite games. The Steam Controller lets you play your entire collection of Steam games on your TV—even the ones designed without controller support in mind.
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Release Date: Nov 10, 2015

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August 29

Big Picture and Chord Configuration Update

Today's Steam Client Beta includes a set of features centered around two new configurations available for the controller.

First, the ability to reconfigure the controller for Steam itself is an often requested feature. The new Big Picture Configuration allows users to do just that. Inputs can be rearranged or added in the various sections of Big Picture including the main interface, the web browser, and the on-screen keyboard. In addition, Big Picture can also now be navigated using a cursor based interface via the trackpads and gyro.

Second, there is a new configuration available globally - the Steam Button Chord configuration. This allows for a global, immediately accessible set of actions and hotkeys while holding the Steam Button. Existing On-Screen Keyboard and Screenshot combinations are included by default as well as mouse, alt-tab, magnifier, controller power-off, and media control functionality. This chording combination is available at any time, whether in Big Picture, in game, or on the desktop.

Like game profiles, these configurations can be saved and shared with the community.

In addition a variety of new controller actions such as controller and host power options, screen magnifier (where supported), and Steam Music bindings have been added as bindable functions available in all configurations.

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We're continually listening to your feedback and looking to improve upon the Steam Controller. We welcome you feedback on what you like and what we could be doing better. Next up we'll be looking at how community configurations are ranked and presented to users so the best configurations for you are easier to find.

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June 16

Activator Update

The latest Steam Beta Client update includes a new feature for the Steam Controller called Activators.

Activators sit between inputs (such as a button on the controller) and binding outputs (such as a keypress). They control how the input is turned into output and provide a number of settings to control this. Some simple examples are long press, double press, binding cycling, toggles, and delays.

There is no limit to the number of activators that can be placed on a single input, so a button can have a normal press, a long press, and a double tap on a single button, each firing off different actions in a game.

Each activator can have its own haptic settings as well.

Here's a few simple ways that activators can make your existing configurations better :

  • You can use a Start Press activator and a Release Press activator to turn a toggle crouch into a hold crouch. Conversely, the toggle option will allow you to turn any action, such as a hold crouch, into a toggle.

  • Turbo can be set on Activators, meaning any button can have customized rapid fire. This can be combined with multiple activators, so single press for single fire, while a long press will engage turbo mode.

  • Use a Start Press Activator to switch to a new action set, with a Release Press on the same button to switch back to the original set. Using this technique Action Sets can act like an entire-controller mode shift. Also included in this update is the ability to copy any existing Action Set into the new set, making customization a lot faster.

  • Mode Shifts now also use Activators, so a mode-shift can be toggled on and off without continuously holding a button.

  • Activators can also cycle through a set of bindings. Put Stand, Crouch, and Prone on a single button and cycle through them with each press.

This update also includes better visualizations for settings such as deadzones, with more coming soon.

Note that due to the nature of this change, configurations that are altered under the new setup are not backwards compatible, so modified configurations made in the beta client will not be visible to the stable client.

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About This Hardware

Experience a new level of precise control for your favorite games. The Steam Controller lets you play your entire collection of Steam games on your TV—even the ones designed without controller support in mind. The Steam Controller features dual trackpads, HD haptic feedback, dual-stage triggers, back grip buttons, and fully-customizable control schemes. Find your favorite mappings in the Steam Community, or create and share your own.

A different kind of gamepad

We’ve improved upon the resolution and fidelity of input that’s possible with traditional gamepads. Built with high-precision input technologies and focused on low-latency, wireless performance, the Steam controller enables you to experience your games in powerful new ways.

Dual trackpads

The Steam Controller‘s dual trackpads enable the high-fidelity input required for precise PC gaming in the living room. Allowing for 1:1 absolute position input via virtual controls like a trackball, adaptive centering joystick, or steering wheel, these surfaces can be programmed to serve up whatever a game needs.

HD haptics

Haptic force actuators on both sides of the controller deliver precise, high fidelity vibrations measured in microseconds. Feel the spin of a virtual trackball, the click of a scroll wheel, or the shot of a rifle. Every input, from the triggers to the trackpads, can offer haptic feedback to your fingertips, delivering vital, high-bandwidth, tactile feedback about speed, boundaries, thresholds, textures, or actions.

Dual-stage triggers

With a satisfying digital click at the end of the trigger pull, dual-stage triggers can be used as analog, digital, or both types of input at the same time. Put your iron-sights on the sweep-in, and then fire with the reliable feel of a tactile switch, all on the same trigger.

Ergonomic control

Each of the Steam Controller’s input zones and buttons has been positioned based on frequency of use, required precision, and ergonomic comfort.

Hardware Specifications


  • Dual trackpads
  • HD haptics
  • Analog stick
  • Dual-stage triggers, each with 10° of travel, a magnetic flux sensor, and a tactile switch
  • Gyroscope and accelerometer sensors enabling tilt-to-steer racing wheel functionality and other motion-controlled input
  • Configurable controls
  • Local multiplayer capability, as supported by games
  • Wired or wireless (dual mode)
  • USB 2.0 via Micro USB port (cable included)
  • Estimated 5 meters of wireless communications range. Actual results may vary.
  • Provides up to 80 hours of standard game play using the included AA batteries during preliminary testing. Battery life will vary based on usage and other factors, such as type of batteries used.


  • Steam Controller
  • 2 AA batteries
  • USB wireless pairing dongle
  • Dongle extension dock included


  • A Steam Machine or other computer capable of running Steam Big Picture Mode, in order to view, edit, save, and share Steam Controller mappings.
  • Mac users must be running OS X 10.8 or newer to use the Steam Controller
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47 of 74 people (64%) found this review helpful
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Posted: September 29
Not a fan. Just wish I could send it back in for an update if they ever get around to redesigning it as something comfortable for my hands. While originally excited for the product and what it seemed capable of, it is blown away by the console companies offering in build quality and user comfort.

In general I dislike the product across the board, from it's proprietary wireless dongle to the lack of a built in battery pack. Obviously this product works wonders for many players however I will continue to stick to my DS4 as I did the year before purchasing this (Winter '14) since while the SC features a robust amount of settings for games launched in Steam, another caveat, it is a pain to for me to hold and sit with comfortably for over 10 minutes.

This coming from someone who has used almost every mainstream controller under the sun over the last 25 years. That said, I'd place this controller next to the Xbox Duke controller (which some preferred) in comfort, somewhere near a general Mad Catz controller in build quality, and as a positive, a unique step forward when it comes to the amount of customization one can do, when again using Valve's software while running applications within Steam.

On a side note, the trackpads are neat, however, with most games currently designed around the DS4/XBOne controllers the joystick and buttons are pretty questionable in design and comfort as well. It is almost as if Valve wanted the player to see them as useless additions, forcing the user to play titles using one or the other rather than allowing the entire controller be usable in syncrasy.

So in the end, I can't recommend it in its current form, and in fact forget it exists except when advertisements pop up prompting new players to give it a shot. It doesn't replace the M+K, doesn't compete with the DS4, and its unique offerings are easily overshadowed by design and quality. However, for a first outing, things could have gone a lot worse, yet the Steam Controller falls behind today's competition vastly in its effort to be idiosyncratic within a niche need of Valve's own market.

That said, I'm looking forward to the next version (if it exists) in hopes that it will be a product I will fully enjoy.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Posted: October 4
So, gabepad.

You can configure controls for any game (including strategies)!

Remember setups and use individually for each game.

Can be used as a remote control in Windows.

Made in U.S.A. (curently usa is not china).
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 30
Overall, I really like this piece of hardware. Switching from a XBox 360 controller to this took a little while, but once I made that transition, I completely prefer the Steam Controller. So now that we know I recommend the controller, let's see what I consider "Pros" and "Cons". Please note that the cons are all relatively minor and are not things that would keep me from purchasing another controller in the future.

-It feels good when you're holding it
-It is wireless
-I have big hands and don't experience any fatigue from using this
-The community profiles for games that don't natively support gamepads are excellent
-Support for profiles that are for "non-steam" games
-The haptics feel nice and the touchpads are responsive
-Firmware updates keep improving the experience

-Sometimes the batteries get "knocked" when setting down the controller, leading to me having to open the back and push the batteries back into place.
-No built in charging method, but that's alright. Grab a pair of rechargeable batteries and a charger and call it done.
-Single analog stick, not really a con, but using the right touch pad takes a bit of getting used to.

Well there it is, nothing too fancy but hopefully useful to some people considering making the purchase.

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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 30
really like this controller , dont know why some people think its bit tacky , I dont , I think its just right , Love the way my finger lightly touch left pad moves cursor or camera what ever its doing its doing it so clever ,
I t wont work on most of my games ,they still need key board and mouse ,but games I can use Steam Controller is Brilliant really ace , My only problem I have with it ,was I bought the link <steam link > first to see what that was like on our 43 inch telly , and that was ACE too , have enjoyed playing all my games , All of them from tottal war Napoleon wich is well fun on a big telly to lots of Team fortress or counter strike or day of defeat , have just bought day of infamy so need to play more ,but Insurgency is really good to , hey im 51 and live with my son whos 11 so we share lots of game likes , I liked to buy the steam link and controler as gives us more playability of our existing games , Wish had bought them both ,and now seen there on SALE together , as LONG AS YOUR BASE PC is fairly good am sure your find there great addition to gaming fun. The Big Picture mode is fun too . Am really glad I bought them and on special offer you cant go wrong ,my name is Samtheman in lots of games and I live in England ,
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 26
Product received for free
Very perfect,But touchpad not very used,Buttons are too small,Size is too large(Enn,Maybe my hand is small>.<||\).I don't know what battery box where the two cases is to do,but this good play with Steam games or control your PC.Seriously, I am very excited to Uesd to play FPS video games,My team thinks I'm the rookie,When they see my status-Big pictures Steam Controller lmao,I think is so funny but they bad for you teammate,sry bro ):D.Steam Controller let games play is easy and Comfortable.10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 8
Not a bad controller. Definately very usable for games that don't have controller support and very good for those who don't want to tweak with external controller input applications. Chances are, if you play a game and don't want to fiddle with controller inputs first thing, somebody else probably already made a config for that game!

The thumb trackpad is definately the most interesting/controversial aspect of the device. It does give more accuracy for FPS games, but I would never use it over a traditional keyboard and mouse in multiplayer games like CS:GO or Overwatch (yes, you can even use it on non steam games in your library.) The battery life is very good, never had to switch out the batteries ever since I got it back in June. It takes a lot of getting used it, or you could just set it to behave like an analog stick as opposed to a trackpas.

I do recommend this product. HOWEVER, do not get it for $50, wait for it to be $35. And don't get it through steam unless you cashed out on the market from games like TF2 or CS:GO, since there's an additional shipping cost. Your best bet is to keep an eye out on amazon or gamestop for a $35 one. And I don't recommend this as your sole controller either if you want one for stuff like sidescrollers or racing games. If your budget is tight, go for something else and look at this when you have more cash.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Posted: October 12
It has more triggers than a Tumblr gendervoid demiqueer foxkin attack helicopter.

-Enough buttons and controls for virtually every genre of game there is;
-Works fine outside Steam/games;
-Very good tactile feedback;
-Friggin thing has sounds!
-Wired/wireless modes (cable not included);
-Works with regular batteries (extremely interesing insertion/retention method). Ships with a pair of high-quality ones;
-Excellent integration with Steam;
-Gyro is very uesful and works well;
-Feels sturdy;
-Assembled in 'Murica!
-OTA upgradeable firmware (potential attack vector, will give it a try when I have more time);
-Neat package, quick shipping;

-Just as with other parts of my body, my hands, palms and fingers and large/long. Steam Controller is built with smaller hands in mind. Needs a certain amount of user adjustment to make most of it;
-Tons of options and tweaks. Not necessary a bad thing but needs a lot of tuning till one gets it right;
-Wireless dongle looks like a $1.55 unbranded USB thumbdrive from fleabay;
-No rumble force feedback;
-AXBY buttons placed too close to the right haptics touchpad. Often my thumb touches the pad while trying to press B or Y, which depending on the game being played can be a very bad thing;

-No idea of long-term endurance of the device;
-Battery life not evaluated;

Not the best one (not that I have found the best yet) but certainly worth the $$$. It gives the competition a run for their money.
If purchasing for a single game only, check online for feedback how the specific duo (game + Controller) bodes.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 15
Its so nice for Rocket League, that's what I mainly use it for. This is also great for a variety of other games, I love it. The controls are different, but once learned is amazing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 7
Maybe it is not so comfortable in the hand, but I love this controller!
I got used to it and now I see people only hate it because it is different. That is wrong and stupid. If people will be afraid of changes our society and technology will stay on the point without inovations.

This controller is GOOD and I would say even BETTER, because of the more control options and more buttons.
I used many controllers before including PS4's Dualshock and I say Steam Controller is better. You just have to give it some time to get used to it. When You get it, ITS AWESOME!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 8
The steam controller is GREAT! I ordered the steam controller and I expected it to arrive within 4-8 days like the information said but it arrived in 2! I live in the UK and it was delivered from Europe so I expected it to take longer and cost more but it was only £7 for delivery! I've played a few games with it and there have been no problems. The largest reason people don't buy it is because it doesn't have joysticks. It is fine without them and is even better! Typing is way easier and it is able to play games which don't even have support. The default control bindings are great but sometimes you need to go to your keyboard to do something but rarely. The analog/digital triggers are great with the trackpad as you can actually play games which you think you could only play on PC. I would recommend getting it.
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Sergey Palyanov
Posted: October 27
Nice looking, comfortable and configurable.

Constant firmware updates, which really make difference.
At first I had to enable controller twice before it was detectedby Steam. Now even that problem is gone.
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Posted: October 27
The hardware of the Steam Controller is brilliant, but it's tied to the incomprehensibly awful system that is Steam Big Picture. I've used the controller daily for nearly a year with more than two dozen games, and I still have no clue when I load a game if the controller will work with it. About half of my custom configurations have reverted to the default with no apparent impetus. Ironically, using the controller outside of Steam works like a charm. I wish I hadn't wasted countless hours trying to wrestle with a system that was clearly never intended to function. If Valve burns Big Picture to the ground and ties the controller to a better interface, then I would love my Steam Controller again. Until then, it's going to gather dust in a box.
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Posted: October 26
Decided to get the Civ VI premium pack with controller. Got a bit sick of trying to navigate big picture with my Xbox controller, even though I loved big picture mode. Package came and I opened the box and discovered awesome packaging, including a sort of blueprint for how the Steam Controller worked. Came with batteries so I was ready to plug it in and play it. Works amazingly, and I really love the fact that you can name it and customize the sound. Showed it to my roommate, and even though he said it was too big for his hands, he loved the feel of it. It's going to be so much easier to play games that were designed for consoles now. Thank you Steam!
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Posted: October 26
The haptic force feedback is extremely annoying for me, and I can not use Big Picture because of it.
Also the left stick is too far away for me, and it is generally too clunky, I wish there was a smaller version as it does not feel ergonomic.

Another thing they should have really added is a storage place for the usb dongle, for example in the battery compartment (like with the new logitech hardware)

Everything else is really cool, especially the touchpad thingie.

As there is no option to give ratings and I can either choose to recommend or not, i chose No, else it would be a 7/10 because it is ok but i cannot really recommend it.
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Posted: October 25
Perfect. Works great, very useful for navigating both Windows OS and my large collection of Steam Games.
Even integrates well with games on Origin and UPlay if they are run via Steam, works fantastic in my retail GTAV copy as a steam shortcut and even pulls from the user made configs for those games as well. good job Vave, you guys rock.l
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Posted: October 25
Honestly, the controller feels extremely cluncky and awkward. The biggest issue I have however are the trackpads. They make gaming feel like a chore, and I don't honestly see myself using this controller when i can use my keyboard.
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Posted: October 25
Great controller all around, only thing I don't like about it is how cheap is feels in comparison to its competitors. Xbox and ps4 controllers feel very solid with a bit of weight where the steam controller is very light which makes it feel a bit cheap. But all around I do like this controller and I do recommend every one get one wile you can.
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Posted: October 24
Very versatile, great for emulation and day-to-day gaming. The customization is very nice; I enjoy swapping the right pad to act like a trackball mouse. The pads have different activators for being touched as well as pressed down, so there's many configurations that people have thought up.
Support staff was very helpful when I explained the issues I was having with my first controller, and sent one a replacement at no cost to me.

The optional backplate that can be purchased should come with the current model. My biggest complaint is the weight- the controller doesn't sit right in my hands, and feels airy. Secondly, battery life can get quite short with haptic feedback enabled. Be prepared to get some rechargeables.

Overall, it's such a generalist controller that I could see myself using one for years to come.
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Posted: October 24
Day 1 with my new Steam controller. I have to say that I am quite impressed with this device. The moment I read about the design of the hand grips swept upward instead of down, almost threw me off from this controller. I have to say after holding it, it is perfect for placing your thumbs right onto the trackpads (GENIUS!)! After plugging in the included 2xAA batteries (Duracel too!) and plugging in the cord to the base for the receiver, Steam instantly recognized it and I was ready to go! After a few attempts at configs for GTA, I found the right one, tweaked it to my liking and I was resupplying my cash operation with no problems. Granted, the layout does taking some getting used to, but I am absolutley thrilled when using this. And a plus and a funny thing, NBA 2K15 likes it. I recently upgraded my gpu from a GT730 to a GTX 960, I could not play that title with max settings using my old ps3 and SCP DS3tool alonng with Zadig bt drivers. The controller would be totally unresponsive, making it impossible to play unless I lowered the settings to medium. I tried the Steam controller and maxed the settings back out and I was playing the game in full HD glory at a nice 60fps!
I don't think it feels cheap as some reviews I have read on it. The haptic engine seems to be fine, though I have yet to find a good setting for rumble. The fact that you can set the config for every game is great! The trackpads track flawlessly and I love the desktop mode how it feels like an old school trackball or roller mouse! Awesome job Valve! If I can, I will update this post periodically.
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