Steam Autumn sale begins today, features 13,000 games on sale, and Steam Controller for $5

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Chary, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Arras

    Arras GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 14, 2010
    If a small storehouse suddenly gets thousands of orders, it's still going to take a while to package and ship them all correctly, even if they do have that many in stock.
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  2. YukidaruPunch

    YukidaruPunch GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 24, 2017
    Wish I could buy a Steam Controller here in Brazil, but they don't ship it this far.

    $5 would be about R$21 reais, which would be a steal for this price. Oh well. Let's see how much the local retailers are charging for it!

    Oh. Cool. That's just, like, 4,366% more expensive. Seems fair enough.

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  3. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    There is a caveat (see below), but the short answer is yes. The answer "is it good for 5 bucks" is "YES!!! ABSOLUTELY!!!" for the strange feature: those round thingumies on the thing. The "it takes some getting used to" is probably an understatement. I like it better than using a trackpad on a laptop, but that's about all positive I can say about it. In 3D games, I never found a sweet spot between "nauseatingly sensitive" and "turning as if standing in mud" with the right one, and when playing a 2D game (I mostly play platformers) I quickly found myself torn between the lack of touch feedback with the pad and having to use a joystick (which I settled for in the end).

    I ended up buying a PS4 controller not long afterward, and hardly ever looked back. So if you've already got those (or xbox one, if that's what you fancy), then I'd leave it. But for this price? I've payed 4 times that amount on far less controllers.

    Because make no mistake: in all other fronts, the thing is at least reasonable. Perhaps it's me, but whenever I tried a wireless connection on any controller it was always shaky or the range was short. The steam controller is just plug & play (or merely installing/configuring the drivers once). The buttons and the joystick are...erm...compared to PS4 I'd also go with the latter, but they're certainly decent for gaming. Compared to your standard controllers, you also have two extra 'draw' buttons at the back. These also work fairly decent; it's only because of lack of muscle memory (or that no game is configured for them - though you can configure all of them to use it if you want) that I rarely used it.
    And perhaps a stab at other controllers including wiimotes: the batteries don't drain if you're not using it. In fact: I've never had to recharge them. Okay, I didn't use it hours and hours on end, but even so...I'm not kidding when I say the (standard AA) batteries last a long time.
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  4. SG854

    SG854 If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It

    Feb 17, 2017
    Its gunna be hard to get. It's out of stock right now.
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  5. Rahkeesh

    Rahkeesh GBAtemp Maniac

    Apr 3, 2018
    United States
    The "mouse joystick" type settings sorta work but not great. You need to map to an actual mouse to get it working its best (which might mean mapping everything else to keyboard commands instead of xbox controller.) Enable and tweak the outer radius to hold when turning, and then maybe gyro while touching the pad for fine-tuned aim. It does take a fair bit of tweaking and fine tuning but when set up the Steam controller has by far the best camera control of any standard controller.
  6. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng Narcissism in its existensiality

    Aug 15, 2012
    United States
    Noticing, aloof from it all
    Thank you so much, I will see if I can buy it.
  7. the_randomizer

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    Dr. Wahwee's castle
    Tempted to get AC: Origins or Odyssey, but I've been hearing horror reports that they apparently use 100% CPU or GPU or both. Yeah, that's some
    top quality programming from Ubisoft :lol:
  8. MasterJ360

    MasterJ360 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jan 10, 2016
    United States
    Just got my steam controller in the mail today and Jesus Billy Bob Thornton it looks and feels weird lol.
    But im interesting to see how it holds out in FFXIV and yeah... Overwatch