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Valve have released some interesting statistics about controller use

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Valve recently put up a blog post to talk about controller use on PC and some of their statistics are a little surprising.

While a lot of the time our trusty mouse and keyboard combination remains king, controllers (gamepads—whatever) are still widely used and they can provide a better experience in certain genres.

Going by Valve's data, since 2015 over 30 million people have registered a controller with over 15 million registering more than one. 

It doesn't surprise me at all the the Xbox 360 controller is the most widely used. It's actually a pretty comfortable controller to use, but more than that it works great on PC too. There were versions marketed specifically for the PC for years as well and since the Xbox 360 was pretty popular, it shouldn't be a shock people stuck with it. I'm actually surprised the Steam Controller seems to be used so little comparatively as it's been out for a few years now.

The Switch Pro is probably the biggest surprise, hitting nearly half a million already after only around a year and a half.

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ShabbyX 27 September 2018 at 4:32 am UTC
You should all know that the ps4 controller is amazing. The trigger and bumpers are nice and soft, and the dpad is actually usable (unlike both xb360 and xb1 controllers). The dpad is in fact a great way to play many platformers because you actually know which direction you are pressing. With dead cells for example, down jump is hard to get right with stick, but trivial with dpad.

The steam controller is honestly not great to handle. I love it for dual stick shooters like neon chrome as I can use both pads and not deal with stick and buttons which are far from reach. I love the second input at the end of the triggers too, which comes in very handy for rocket league boosts.

But generally speaking, I tend to go to my ps4 controller instead of the steam one, you should try it too!


Last edited by ShabbyX at 27 September 2018 at 10:10 pm UTC
wojtek88 27 September 2018 at 6:23 am UTC
Segata SanshiroIf you're not looking at the percentages, I'd say 1.5 million sales of the Steam Controller makes it quite a bit of a success in terms of raw sales. Judging from the stats, it has more units registered than Logitech and similar ones.

If they release a second iteration with some improvements, they could probably be up there with the PS3 or higher.

They should maybe lower the price too. Controllers are quite pricey and the stats in general seem to show that people are just using their existing controllers from their respective consoles on PC rather than buying something specific. If they could make a cheaper wired option then more people would probably be tempted to buy the Steam Controller specifically for PC gaming.
Wired? I plugged in my Steam Controller once, when it wasn't recognized ootb by the sysyem.
It's 2018...
Anyway, I agree with the rest of your comment ;)


Last edited by wojtek88 at 27 September 2018 at 6:25 am UTC
Tiedemann 3 years 27 September 2018 at 7:01 am UTC
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I suck at using the small joysticks for any precision work so for me the PS4 controller is the best. It does help to have had a xbox controller before though since the games only shows ABXY


Last edited by Tiedemann at 27 September 2018 at 7:01 am UTC
vali19th 27 September 2018 at 7:11 am UTC
If using Steam on Linux and owning at least one controller aren't correlated, this means that at least 30,000,000 * 0.0059 (0.59%, taken from the steam survey page) = 177,000 people are using Steam on Linux.
einherjar 27 September 2018 at 7:20 am UTC
sarmadIt's been many years since the Steam Controller has released and on Linux it still doesn't work out-of-the-box, at least on Ubuntu it doesn't. You always have to tweak system configuration files to get the controller to work.

My experience is absolutly different. I use Ubuntu and the Steam controller worked without tweaking config files. I just installed the package steam-devices.


Last edited by einherjar at 27 September 2018 at 7:20 am UTC
mao_dze_dun 27 September 2018 at 8:59 am UTC
I've a Steam Controller, wired Xbox 360 and a DualShock 4. Love them all. I probably like the Steam Controller best, but they're all excellent and depending on the use case I switch between them.
murasame78 27 September 2018 at 9:43 am UTC
I'm a little surprised PC controllers (like logitech pads) are not so well represented. Still, I can understand why xbox controllers are so popular : you know what you get and you can get it easily at a fair price. I mean, xbox controllers are available pretty much everywhere (including online stores) and if you google or amazon for PC gamepads, you get an obvious reason to go for the xbox 360 controller...
Arehandoro 27 September 2018 at 9:44 am UTC
I have a Steam Controller and Xbox 360 ones from when I owned the console back in the day. I do believe the Steam Controller is better, especially for its programmable features, but at the same time it's its biggest flaw. Most of the times I just want it to work out of the box, not dedicating time to test what's the best way of controlling a game, and in that the xbox controller excels.

Maybe, if I was a competitive gamer, my experience would be different and I would re-map buttons constantly seeking those extra milisec that would give me an advantage.
TheSyldat 27 September 2018 at 1:42 pm UTC
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ElectricPrismThe ABXY buttons are fucking small -- very annoying.
Oh, Jeez! I didn't want to bring that up, but since you did ... they are like very loose Skittles or Chiclets gum sitting down there. Like you said, very loose, and VERY annoying!
Maybe is it because I have hands with real elvish finger (my fingers are really thin) but personnaly I do like those buttons a lot they are well placed just the right size everything falls perfectly in place with the steam controller.

Somebody said that on the other hand the surface of the touchpads was not ideal and on that front I do agree I bought touchpad stickers that make that surface a bit smoother and I never took em off
Patola 27 September 2018 at 2:00 pm UTC
ArehandoroI have a Steam Controller and Xbox 360 ones from when I owned the console back in the day. I do believe the Steam Controller is better, especially for its programmable features, but at the same time it's its biggest flaw. Most of the times I just want it to work out of the box, not dedicating time to test what's the best way of controlling a game, and in that the xbox controller excels.

Maybe, if I was a competitive gamer, my experience would be different and I would re-map buttons constantly seeking those extra milisec that would give me an advantage.

I am a southpaw and not only I use my mouse with the left hand, the left button on the mouse seems so much more intuitive than the right button for "main" functions, and to me the steam controller looks so much like a mouse, that I can't stand the steam default of using the right button as the mouse 1 button. I switch it everytime, and steam is bugged and sometimes switches it back for no reason. Also, I strongly disagree with most default configurations for joysticks, so all together, I would remap everything anyway -- specially for complex games full of shortcuts like X: Rebirth, Total Wars and a couple RPGs.

But you're right, it is a huge amount of work. Sometimes it takes me 2 hours just to iterate back and forth from the game to sc-controller and get the configuration just right. It's kinda fun, but it's too long.
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