It seems like Valve's SteamOS living-room PC initiative is finally starting to gain some, well, steam. Valve has given its Steam Controller an official product page, and the hardware looks pretty good. Here's a preview of the finished product, courtesy of Valve:
The final controller looks considerably more refined than the prototype Cyril played with last year. The novel twin touchpads remain largely the same, but the d-pad button cluster has been swapped for an analog thumb stick. Valve also describes the controller's triggers in greater detail than we've seen before, and they sound pretty unique:
With a satisfying digital click at the end of the trigger pull, dual-stage triggers can be used as analog, digital, or both types of input at the same time. Put your iron-sights on the sweep-in, and then fire with the reliable feel of a tactile switch, all on the same trigger.
Cyril found the prototype's learning curve quite steep, so it'll be interesting to see whether Valve has made the finished version easier to use.
When it becomes available in November, the Steam Controller will be $49.99. That price is within a few bucks of current controllers from Microsoft and Sony.