Valve's Steam Controller

Unlike the Steam Machines, which were dead in the water before they've even had a chance, the Steam Controller is still receiving regular updates and support from Valve. Most surprisingly, the team behind it is still somehow managing to squeeze out a couple of new and impressive features almost every single month.

This time around its the addition of Activators, or in other words, a way to bind multiple types of input onto one single button. For example, you can use a singular press in order to jump, double tap the very same button to toggle crouch, and if you want, also add the ability to crouch as long as you hold the button down. There's a bit more to it than that, so here are a couple of examples Valve provided:

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.

Along with the activators, this update also brings with it better visualizations when setting up deadzones, with even more features "coming soon". Do keep in mind, however, that due to the significant nature of these changes your beta configurations and profiles will not be compatible with the release version, so make sure to note down all of the important changes so you can replicate them later.

If you're interested in the Steam Controller, you can grab it through Steam (what a surprise) at a €55 price tag.

Also, if you have a bit of an artistic side to you and feel like creating your very own version of the Steam Controller, well... you can! All the way back in the distant times of March 2016, Valve released their 3D designs for the Steam Controller, so if you feel like making some accessories, or even custom variants of the controller, you are completely free to do so.

Valve's design for the Steam Controller