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Watch as Valve shows how the unorthodox Steam Controller works with Portal and Civ

Above: Valve showing how to use the Steam Controller with Civ V.

Image Credit: Valve

Two weeks ago, Valve revealed its Steam Controller to close out a trio of announcements that also saw the company lift the veil on its SteamOS operating system and Steam Machine PC consoles. Now, Valve is finally showing us all exactly how the weird, touchpad-based controller works.

Valve just released a video that shows how the Steam Controller deals with a variety of different games. In the clip, one of the controller’s creators used the device to play first-person puzzler Portal 2, turn-based strategy game Civilization V, first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and the point-and-click adventure Papers, Please. From the video, it doesn’t seems like Valve’s engineer has any issues playing these very different games using the new hardware.

Check it out for yourself below:

The Steam Controller is fully configurable. Players can even adjust the trackpads independently. That means one of the inputs can act like a mouse and the other can act like a keyboard’s WASD keys. The Counter-Strike clip even proves that the trackpads can handle precise movements.

This video should help gamers to get a better understanding of the Steam Controller, but it is still likely one of those scenarios where the majority of people are going to need to use it for themselves before knowing how to feel about it.

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