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Valve Wants Movies, Music on SteamOS, Controller Changed

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The touch screen was removed from the Steam controller.

On Wednesday during Valve's Steam Dev Days Conference in Seattle, Valve's Anna Sweet said that Valve plans to introduce movies, TV and music to SteamOS. We already knew this based on the SteamOS description, but she indicated that media would need to be in place before Valve launches the official final version to consumers later this year.

"We're working with many of the media services you know and love. Soon we will begin bringing them online, allowing you to access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS," reads the SteamOS description.

An early beta of Valve's Linux-based SteamOS was made available for free in December 2013. Based on several hands-on reports, Valve's platform isn't meant to replace a computer's operating system, but to serve up Linux-based games in the living room instead. So far both SteamOS and the Steam desktop client do not provide movies, TV shows and music.

Also stemming from Valve's Steam Dev Days Conference is additional information regarding the controller's evolution. Tweets from the convention reveal that Valve has ditched the touch screen in favor of a d-pad and standard controller buttons. A summary of Day 1 can be seen here, and reports that biometrics are important, but the hands are not the best place to capture them.

The summary, based on tweets throughout the day, also reveals that the retail controller will require two AA batteries (both rechargeable and non). The Steam Controller API supports up to 16 controllers at once, and Valve is keeping VR in mind while designing this controller. Remember that Steam Machines will not ship until this controller (along with Steam OS) is complete and ready for consumer use.

That said, the Day 1 summary points out that more changes are coming to the controller, as Valve just started processing the beta feedback, so stay tuned in that department.

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    DarkSable , January 16, 2014 5:13 PM
    I dislike the change to the controller - the touchscreen could have been so useful for so many things, and it was what really made this thing stand out. Now there isn't that much distinguishing it from other machines.
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    karmazyn , January 16, 2014 5:20 PM
    So now it's just a htpc with a generic controller. I really don't understand where this is going.
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    tolham , January 16, 2014 5:49 PM
    ""We're working with many of the media services you know and love. Soon we will begin bringing them online, allowing you to access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS,""I don't understand. steamOS is open source, won't these companies just make their own apps for linux if/when steamOS gets popular enough? or maybe valve is just encouraging them to do this sooner rather than later so they can use this as a marketing ploy.
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    brandonjclark , January 16, 2014 6:23 PM
    Netflix is a must. That's the killer app. I'm not sure how many people realize the babysitting potential of cartoon shows on Netflix. Get the moms onboard, cause the dads already want it.
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    redgarl , January 16, 2014 6:52 PM
    If Valve wants to be successful, they need to bring even more freedom. If I can listen to my music and video files, then we are going to be in big business. Also, they need to allow mouse and keyboards for their OS.
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    bustapr , January 16, 2014 7:44 PM
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    If Valve wants to be successful, they need to bring even more freedom. If I can listen to my music and video files, then we are going to be in big business. Also, they need to allow mouse and keyboards for their OS.
    mouse and keyboard will obviously be supported if not already. as for music, Im not entirely sure because of licensing issues with mp3 and wav. as well as video, so some of these features might not be available immediately, but there are many linux apps that will most likely work and will play all your music and videos.
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    bustapr , January 16, 2014 7:49 PM
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    So now it's just a htpc with a generic controller. I really don't understand where this is going.


    its not a generic controller. the changes mentioned here refer to the center touch screen. I think they figured the touch screen would be too expensive and bothersome for the market. now Instead of looking like a cool weird controller, now it will look like a weird controller with some ugly d pad and buttons in the middle. the 2 touchpads are still on it.
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    bucknutty , January 16, 2014 8:03 PM
    From the description in the article it sounds like they are replacing the touchpads with a dpad and buttons? Or if not it sound like the thing is going to look like an PS3 controller with touch pads where the analog sticks are?
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    dudewitbow , January 16, 2014 8:15 PM
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    From the description in the article it sounds like they are replacing the touchpads with a dpad and buttons? Or if not it sound like the thing is going to look like an PS3 controller with touch pads where the analog sticks are?
    its closer to what the wii u pro controller is like, the touchpads on the upper side, and the D-Pad/Buttons bellow
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    vmem , January 16, 2014 9:13 PM
    get the gaming aspect straightened out, update and debug the current SteamOS. Then we can talk about these changes
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    firefoxx04 , January 16, 2014 9:44 PM
    I hope they dont think anyone will play a fps with their little touchpads. That and a huge lacking of other buttons makes it terrible for such games. The xbox controller is what they should be looking at if they want to make something that will work with an FPS. Im sure keyboards and mice will work fine but we are talking about sitting on a couch trying to relax.
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    DarkSable , January 16, 2014 9:50 PM
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    I hope they dont think anyone will play a fps with their little touchpads. That and a huge lacking of other buttons makes it terrible for such games. The xbox controller is what they should be looking at if they want to make something that will work with an FPS. Im sure keyboards and mice will work fine but we are talking about sitting on a couch trying to relax.


    You can load drivers for other controllers... this is still linux we're talking about...

    And I don't know about you, but playing an fps? I want a mouse and keyboard, and I don't want to be lazily relaxing - I would pick other games that work better with a controller for that.
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    damianrobertjones , January 17, 2014 1:00 AM
    "The touch screen was removed from the Steam controller."AKA"We want to make as much money as possible so now that you're interested we can remove the costly stuff to make more $$$"P.s. I already have Music and Video on my computer, laptop and tablet. Go shove Steam OS up your rear Gabe.
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    back_by_demand , January 17, 2014 5:15 AM
    "We're working with many of the media services you know and love. Soon we will begin bringing them online, allowing you to access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS"So, is this a specialised App creation issue, or are they just incapable of having a web browser to go to Netflix? Surely it can't be the latter otherwise not having a web browser would be a deal breaker for just about 100% of users
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    beaulieu80 , January 17, 2014 6:44 AM
    Will be nice to have Winamp radio broadcasting feature into it!
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    AJSB , January 17, 2014 7:54 AM
    Keyboards and Mouses are supported in SteamOS since day one.The two main touchpads in the controller are still there.Only thing changed is center touch screen that was replaced by a dpad and also some retouches in the buttons.
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    karmazyn , January 17, 2014 8:47 AM
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    its not a generic controller. the changes mentioned here refer to the center touch screen. I think they figured the touch screen would be too expensive and bothersome for the market. now Instead of looking like a cool weird controller, now it will look like a weird controller with some ugly d pad and buttons in the middle. the 2 touchpads are still on it.


    From what I understood They'll be replacing the touchscreen with more familiar controls. That's OK. I don't know if touchscreen would be better than dedicated tactile buttons. I think it could be a good addition but not necessarily a good replacement. My main point though is the existence of the Steam Box as a whole. It seems to be just a glorified HTPC. Any and all of it's functions can be done with existing software/equipment. For people that don't like ti tinker with their PC's, an Xbox or PS4 would be enough. Anybody else would probably prefer to simply build their own for a good bit less of money.
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    back_by_demand , January 17, 2014 9:26 AM
    All hype aside for SteamOS itself, Valve itself can't lose if gaming PC sales go up. If people use SteamOS they will sell games. If people dump SteamOS and use Windows, they will sell games. I personally don't think SteamOS will take off, but every extra gaming PC sold should give Valve serious bank.
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    vmem , January 17, 2014 1:37 PM
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    All hype aside for SteamOS itself, Valve itself can't lose if gaming PC sales go up. If people use SteamOS they will sell games. If people dump SteamOS and use Windows, they will sell games. I personally don't think SteamOS will take off, but every extra gaming PC sold should give Valve serious bank.


    it's not Valve losing that I'm concerned about, it's what Valve will do to 'win'.

    I agree that I don't see SteamOS take off in a big way, but to push it, if Gabe wants to throw a pissy fit, they can make say 5-10 future valve titles SteamOS exclusive... we can hate it all we want, you and I both know we'll be dual-booting SteamOS if that day comes