Valve Says Goodbye to the Steam Controller with One Last Fire Sale

Valve Says Goodbye to the Steam Controller with One Last Fire Sale

Valve's controller will be missed by someone, I'm sure.

The sun is finally setting on Valve's maligned PC controller experiment. As part of the Steam Autumn Sale that kicked off today, the Steam Controller is on a 90% discount, on a closeout sale for the last of its remaining stock.

Valve confirmed to The Verge that the stock of Steam Controller, currently noted as a limited quantity on the Steam Store page, is the last batch that will ever be made. Though it rings up as $5 on the store page, keep in mind there's a shipping cost attached, which will hike up the overall price.

The Steam Controller is a bit of an odd duck. Instead of conventions like analog sticks, it utilizes trackpads on the face of the controller. That, alongside with an odd concave shape, often made it stand out as the subject of ridicule. But users found pretty inventive uses for it, and despite all odds, it did find something of a home. The diehard devotees even began modding in additional functionality.

The controller isn't as much of a bummer as the discontinued Steam Link, Valve's in-home streaming box that I use to this day. But it is a little sad that Valve's controller is riding off into the sunset with so little fanfare. I'm sure some contingent, somewhere out there, is heartbroken over the Steam controller's loss, even if the rest of us are surprised it still exists.

If you're a hardware collector and want to ensure you have all of history's input methods, even its strangest, you should head over to the Steam page for the controller while supply still exists.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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