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Valve shows the Steam Controller in action

A short video from Valve shows its new controller working on a variety of different games.

A still from the video showing the Steam Controller and Portal 2. Video screenshot by Nic Healey/CNET Australia

Valve's vision for the next chapter of PC gaming is to take it to the living room.

The company has a three-fold strategy for this: the SteamOS, the Steam Machine, and the Steam Controller.

Arguably, the latter is the most important -- PC gamers tend to prefer a mouse and keyboard combination. While that combo allows for impressive accuracy, especially when playing a first-person shooter (FPS), it's also pretty unfriendly for a living room situation.

Nailing a controller interface that will adequately replace the traditional mouse/keyboard combo is obviously a key element to getting PC gamers onboard.

With its twin trackpads and touch-screen interface, the Steam Controller certainly seems to be on the money, but will it work that well in practice?

The video actually shows the prototype controller, without the center touch screen, that's being shipped to the 300 beta testers. While we assume the person using the controller has had some practice, the video shows the controller working across a variety of games, including Portal 2, Counter Strike, Civilization V, and even the indie darling Papers Please.

While the jury may still be out until we get hands on the controller ourselves, we'd have to say we're feeling pretty optimistic about this particular element of the new Steam ecosystem.

(Source: CNET Australia)