Valve’s Steam controller, a device that has undergone multiple transformations, has received a finalized design and will be showcased at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015 in March.
That’s according to Origin PC CEO Kevin Wasielewski, who told GameSpot at CES this week that production on the hardware will begin now and “more stuff” will be announced alongside the controller’s appearance.
Early Steam controller designs had the peripheral equipped with a touchscreen in the center. This would have acted as a mousepad and would better suit games that were originally designed for the PC.
The touchscreen has since been scrapped, however, in favour of trackpads that will allow minimized contact between the player’s thumbs and the pads themselves. The controller has since received a D-pad and joystick alongside the trackpads’ inclusion.
Originally, the Steam Machine was set for a 2014 release, but this was pushed back to 2015 after a Valve announcement in May of last year.
With the news of the controller’s appearance and record-breaking attendance reports from last year’s conference, GDC 2015 conference looks to be a busy one as more details on Steam Machines will surely surface.