An image buried in the latest Steam client software update appears to suggest that Valve is once again modifying the design of its already-delayed Steam Controller to add a traditional analogue stick.
Valve's Steam Controller appears to have undergone another redesign, this time to add an analogue stick to the left-hand side.
Valve first announced the Steam Controller as part of its Steam Machine console project, promising an innovative design that ditched the traditional twin analogue sticks for a pair of touch-sensitive concave control surfaces and a centrally-mounted touch-screen display. Following the release of a beta unit sans display, Valve responded to feedback with a delay and a change of design - and by the look of things it's changed its mind once again.
An image supplied with the latest Steam client update and published on the Facepunch forum
shows an as-yet unannounced revision of the controller design which adds back a single analogue stick alongside the two touch-sensitive control surfaces. Annoyingly for classic gamers, this comes at the cost of the digital direction pad - meaning it's analogue control or nothing.
The new design also features four face buttons in a diamond layout, three buttons at each side on the rear labelled as Button, Trigger and Grip, plus start and stop buttons - the equivalent of start and select on a console controller. Oddly, Valve has yet to comment on the redesign, and whether it means the already-delayed controller has been pushed back once again.