Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday September 30, 2013

Hands-On With Valve's New Controller

Several game developers talked to Kotaku about how it felt to use Valve's new controller. Here's what indie developer Ichiro Lambe had to say:

"This sounds weird, but it's almost like rolling two weighted trackballs that are too large to actually fit into the controller," Lambe said as he tried to explain what it's like to have one's thumbs on those two trackpads. "For camera controls, slide one thumb to the right, and you'll feel this ticking, like you're turning a physical control. Flick your thumb quickly, and this imaginary physical thing reacts like something with weight to itآ—the 'trackball' continues to roll for a bit, eventually coming to a rest. And since it's all controlled through the software, the same trackpad then becomes more like a mouse or a laptop trackpad when you're navigating through menus. Dynamic!"