When Valve unveiled the Steam Controller, I said that the device was so different that the company would have to place one in consumer's hands to get them on board. That's something that may happen in the future, but until then Valve is going another route. The company has released a video showing the controller being used to play Portal 2, Civilization V, Counter-Strike, and Papers Please.
All told, it looks rather impressive. The controller works with strategy games like I expected to and I can totally imagine myself playing Civ V using Valve's device. Even more surprising is how well it seems to work in Portal 2 and Counter-Strike. I'm still concerned about pinpoint accuracy in first- and third-person games, but I'm far less concerned than I was before. The trackpad controller looks like the perfect hybrid between keyboard/mouse and standard controller.
The real strength of the Steam Controller seems to be its configurable nature. If developers and the community really dive in, you can expect to see some interesting configurations for your favorite games. Even more exciting is the control possibilities for PC games built just for the Steam Controller. It's worth noting that the prototype controller does not have the center touchscreen that will be available in the final model, so we can expect more customization in the future. I'm definitely looking forward to picking one up if the price is right.
Valve says this video is only the first of many, so we can expect to see the Steam Controller used for more games in the future. Still on the fence on the controller, or has this video changed your mind a bit?