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​This Is The Latest Steam Controller

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Valve just sent us this image, a more clear depiction of the latest Steam Controller prototype that they detailed back in January.

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Likely in the interest of backward compatibility, this latest prototype has eight clear buttons on the front, which will doubtless make it easier for the controller to support Xbox 360-style XInput controls. It'll be at Valve's booth at GDC next week, where I'll be sure to check it out.

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The full two-part image Valve sent, for the sake of comparison:

Illustration for article titled ​This Is The Latest Steam Controller

For more on Valve's process designing the controller, check out this Q&A with one of the project's designers.

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DISCUSSION

Did Microsoft not patent the X-Y A-B buttons, like the specific use of those letters and their locations relative to each other? I noticed the leaked image of the rumored Amazon gaming controller had the exact same letters and positioning.