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Considering this is a controller designed by Valve, it should come as no surprise that the integration with Steam is quite good. The user can easily launch into Big Picture mode straight from the controller for ease of use. The controller is plug and play, so there is little to mess around with in order to get going. For those that would like to customize the button layout, Steam allows for this in their settings. See More
The control scheme can be freely changed by the user. You can customize what each button and axis does in any specific game. Key mapping is not limited in any way, so if you have unconventional preferences about what you wish to use some keys for, this controller will not stop you. Configuration schemes can be saved as templates and then shared with the Steam community. This can sometimes save you the effort of mapping your own keys for every new game you play. See More
The controller does not have much weight or heft to it and the entire things is made out of light plastic giving it a cheap feel, something akin to a $20 controller for one Android or iOS device. The face buttons on the device are also small, with the shoulder buttons feeling stiff. Overall the lack of attention to detail with the buttons and the overall feel of cheap material gives a sense that this is not the most well designed or thought out controller on the market. See More
It may be hard for many users to get used to the layout of this controller. The buttons are unconventional and also differently positioned, compared to the regular layout of Xbox and Playstation controllers. In addition, the overall shape of the Steam controller may feel odd at first. See More
The Steam Controller beats most other controllers when it comes to shooting games. The aiming is rather precise and fast. Although it's still impossible to beat a player who uses a keyboard and a mouse, the controller works great for singleplayer shooting games. You can also try aiming using the gyroscope. Though fun, the right trackpad will do a better job in practice. See More
The buttons are overall well-positioned and you don't have to reach for any of them. Compared to the older Xbox 360 controller, the buttons are also very crisp and clicky, at the same time making less noise. None of the buttons are slippery, while some of them even have rubber padding on them. See More
The controller feels very solid in hand - it doesn't give you a feeling that it could break. The shape is comfortable for longer playing sessions, even for people with bigger hands. At the same time it's noticeably lighter than the old Xbox 360 controller. See More
The controller is very comfortable to hold and allows you to play for hours without tiring your hands. The controller's shape is well-designed, the buttons are well positioned and not slippery. This is one of the reasons, the Xbox 360 controller has been the first go-to for many experienced gamers. Compared to the wireless option, this controller is lighter and less bulky, since it doesn't have a battery pack at the back of the controller. On the contrary, since it's wired, it does have a limited range. This means you can not move very far from the screen. See More
There is a large supply of these Xbox 360 controllers on the second-hand market. This is an easy way to get them for a much lower price, especially since many people don't care about price they sell it at or just aren't aware of the value of this controller. See More
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