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Those of you who have been having trouble with the Steam Controller when in wired mode may appreciated the latest Steam client beta, as it fixes it.

See the full patch notes here.

I had a few people email me about this issue, so it's nice to see a prompt fix.

They still haven't fixed the issue of the Steam Controller not working in wireless mode unless Steam is open (it did originally), so hopefully they will get to that eventually. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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BdMdesigN 20 October 2016 at 11:26 pm UTC
Can Update in wireless Mode the firmware and the SC is detected correctly now.
tmtvl 20 October 2016 at 11:44 pm UTC
Neat, it only the virtual keyboards could be ported so they could be used with various DE's, that would make my living room PC almost perfect.
Janne 21 October 2016 at 12:45 am UTC
Just got a Steam controller a few days ago (thanks to amazon), and it updated the firmware wirelessly. That means I already have this version of Steam, right?

Now, for actually using the controller, I get the impression it's a great piece of gear hampered by a lack of sensible defaults. I tried Slime Rancher, for instance, and the default controls make it impossible to turn in the air when you're flying. Whoever assigned the defaults for that game clearly never actually tried them.
neowiz73 21 October 2016 at 1:49 am UTC
this explains a lot, wasn't sure why it wasn't working at all. I even started dual booting ubuntu and arch just to see if I was missing something. I just vaguely remember that it stopped working after the most recent firmware update.
ElectricPrism 21 October 2016 at 4:49 am UTC
There are two ways I see Steam Controller working

1. Ignore the two trackpads and exclusively use the joystick and ABXY buttons or

2. Ignore the Joystick and ABXY buttons and exclusively use the Trackpads and tigers with multi-click.

Too bad I couldn't unscrew the right trackpad & install a joystick I would buy 3 more Steam Controllers for FPS games.
Mblackwell 21 October 2016 at 5:15 am UTC
The track pad is far superior to a stick for FPS.
ElectricPrism 21 October 2016 at 5:20 am UTC
MblackwellThe track pad is far superior to a stick for FPS.

Wut? No seriously I would like to hear your argument? For me I'm a billion times faster and preciser on twin joysticks.

Of course I know this is probably a case of "what works for me" and "what works for you" are totally different.
Hori 21 October 2016 at 6:22 am UTC
tmtvlNeat, it only the virtual keyboards could be ported so they could be used with various DE's, that would make my living room PC almost perfect.
AFAIK there are accessibility tools for Linux that bring a Virtual Keyboard on the desktop. I installed Ubuntu (16.04) two days ago on my laptop and I noticed that it comes with one preinstalled (Onboard was the name, IIRC). I haven't tried it before I uninstalled it (does not offer any use for me) but I noticed that it can be triggered when a certain key is pressed and the first thing that poped in my mind was the ability to use that together with a Steam Controller - tho you wouldn't benefit from the dual key input (from the touch pads), and instead you would only use one of them, the one that is actually the pointer. It's not optimal but then again, you shouldn't have to type very often, if at all, from a couch/sofa console-PC.

Until Valve ports the Steam Virtual Keyboard to at least the most popular Linux DEs, that is, I think, the closest we can get. Sure, Steam Machines are supposed to only ever use Big Picture and never leave it, except when playing Steam games (which support that VK already), but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be useful, quite the contrary, and not just for the more advanced/technical users. Games, especially PC gamers, always want to get the most from their PCs and generally have no problem dealing with more advanced tasks, like leaving Big Picture on a SM and installing non-Steam games, like open-source games (e.g. OpenArena) or DRM-free games (many games are not available on Steam, and it can happen that you own some games but only DRM-free and not on Steam, I know I do)
Purple Library Guy 21 October 2016 at 7:35 am UTC
ElectricPrism
MblackwellThe track pad is far superior to a stick for FPS.

Wut? No seriously I would like to hear your argument? For me I'm a billion times faster and preciser on twin joysticks.

Of course I know this is probably a case of "what works for me" and "what works for you" are totally different.

I have no personal experience on such things, but my understanding is that
--it depends on what you're used to and trained on, so that someone who's got muscle memory for years of twin joysticks will find them better
--but generally, for FPS those with about even experience with both typically find mouse + keyboard significantly more precise for things like aiming
--and mouse users have found that the Steam controller's trackpad mimics the mouse experience much more closely than any other controller

So, one would expect that for those with mouse experience the Steam controller would be better than a twin-joystick controller for FPS.
Liam Dawe 21 October 2016 at 8:01 am UTC
The Virtual Keyboard is not something that needs to be ported to specific desktops, it's a feature of Steam.
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