Valve has done it again. After revolutionizing pc gaming with steam and even making a sous-vide machine. It’s now starting to take the comfort and ease of consoles and taking it to the pc. On November 10th they launched the brand new Steam controller. There have been a lot of controllers for the pc but this one throws all the conventions out of the window. They are introducing a touchpad into the controller. Two of them to be exact. Together with the regular thumb stick, 4 buttons and a trigger. They even added two more triggers to the back where you are holding the controller.
- Release date:
- January 22, 2018
How to play Steam Controller
The design takes it to a whole new level but what makes it even more special is the ability to fully customize every button. For every game you can make your own set-up based on what you like and what best suits the gameplay. It’s not just setting controls you can change the way some buttons interact. For example you can use the touchpad as a mouse, but also as a joystick. The possibilities are endless.
There is a great video about a guy who can only use one hand. This makes it almost impossible to play most game or use a controller. But with the steam controller he was able to play Skyrim with only one hand. This shows just our versatile the controller is and how well you can adjust it.
I honestly have no real idea whether you can use the controller if you have a visual disability. The touchpads work very intuitive. The buttons on the backside just fall on your fingers and you don´t have to see what you are doing. If someone sets it up for you and the game you are playing is suitable for a visual disability, you should be able to use the controller with no real problems.
You don´t have to hear to use the controller. The haptic feedback does make some sounds but it doesn’t really do anything.
The great thing about this controller is its ability to set up every button the way you like it. Depending on your limitations you can use a configuration that suits your limits like playing with one hand or with less fingers.
You just need to know what buttons to press. I sometimes still struggle to push the right button with some practice and making your own configuration, you should be fine.
- low vision
- color blind
- one arm
- one key
- no voice