Despite warnings of headaches, square eyes or worse, PC gamers the world over get their gaming kicks just a few feet from a monitor, huddled over the keyboard with their trusty mouse in tow.
But with the new Steam Controller, Valve wants you to ditch the office chair, desk, keyboard, and mouse, and get your gaming fix from the couch instead.
But after testing the controller on a whole heap of games from a wide variety of genres, this shift isn’t going to happen any time soon.
In theory, the Steam controller is a great idea. Instead of spending 100 hours upright at a desk in Dark Souls, the Steam Link – which lets you stream games to your TV – and the Steam Controller would let you wander around Lordran from the relative comfort of your sofa.
Valve suggests the Steam controller can replace both mouse and keyboard, and controller setups by integrating two input methods into one hybrid peripheral.
Made entirely of plastic, minus its rubber thumbstick, the Steam controller feels cheap in comparison to the Xbox One or 360 controllers. It won’t bother everyone, but if you’ve forked out 40 or 50 quid for a controller – it’s not entirely unreasonable to want something that isn’t flimsy. That said, the Steam controller is comfortable to hold, regardless of how inexpensive it first feels.