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Valve's Steam Controller is dead

Engadget UK logo Engadget UK 27/11/2019 Christine Fisher

Four years after Valve released its oddball Steam Controller, it's not making any more. The controller is on sale today for $5 -- that's 90 percent off its list price of $49.99 -- and a note in the Steam Store warns that there's a limited quantity remaining. Once those controllers are gone, Valve doesn't plan to make more, The Vergereports.

While most reviewers originally wrote the Steam Controller off as too weird, Valve sold over 500,000 in the first six months. It became one of the most configurable gaming devices -- you could play Street Fighter V strictly with motion controls or Serious Rocket League with the grips programmed for acceleration/brake and drift/boost.

What the Steam Controller truly was was different, and that, predictably, attracted haters -- people who didn't want to spend time mastering a touch surface that blurred the lines between mouse, trackball, thumbstick and button.

Regardless of how you feel about the Steam Controller, it will soon be a misfit piece of gaming history. If you act fast, you can get one before they're gone for good. The $5 deal ends December 3rd.

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