Valve wants videos of your Steam Controller in action

I've never used a Steam Controller, and I'd be willing to bet that most of you haven't either. It was announced in 2013 with a promise of "supporting all games in the Steam catalog," and after a less-than-impressive hands-on debut and some extensive reworking, we declared it to be "almost as good as a mouse" under the ideal conditions.   

Valve has continued to work on it, and now it looks as though it's gearing up to give it a more concerted marketing push, too. "We're looking into making a highlight video of the Steam Controller in action/shooter games to be included in the Store page. If you would like your video to be considered please post a link here. Preference will go to videos that utilize trackpad + gyro configs," Valve wrote in the Steam Controller forum

"We're hoping at least a few videos submitted would include a camera shot of the controller in the players hand. That's definitely not required, though please be sure any videos are of actual Steam Controller gameplay." 

Naturally, the follow-up conversation includes arguments over what constitutes an "action" game, whether or not Overwatch is acceptable, and links to videos that belong to other people. What it doesn't have in abundance are videos of the sort that Valve is actually asking for—user-generated, with trackpad and gyro configs, and shots of the device in hand—so if you own one and want to make it (and your hands) famous, get out your camera and share a link to your masterwork in the thread linked above. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.