Valve has announced Steam Controller, which it says is "a different kind of gamepad."
The controller is rather unusual in that it features two circular trackpads. Valve explains this by saying that the pads are "Driven by the player’s thumbs, with each one having a high-resolution trackpad as its base. It is also clickable, allowing the entire surface to act as a button. The trackpads allow far higher fidelity input than has previously been possible with traditional handheld controllers. Steam gamers, who are used to the input associated with PCs, will appreciate that the Steam Controller’s resolution approaches that of a desktop mouse."
Apparently Valve wants a "whole genres of games that were previously only playable with a keyboard and mouse" easier to play on a TV. "In addition, games like first-person shooters that are designed around precise aiming within a large visual field now benefit from the trackpads’ high resolution and absolute position control."
What do you think?