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Well, I definitely wasn't expecting something like this, but I would never say no to an awesome new way to play games! Hori, an accessory company that makes controllers, cases, and more, has announced a new controller they are making specifically for playing with Steam! And while I have some thoughts, I love how it looks:


Big thank you to Fan the Deck for bringing this to our attention.

On the website, it lists some of the features for these controllers, which include:

  • 4 Custom Buttons to assign Functions
  • Full Gyro Support (only when "Steam Mode" is activated)
    • A customization feature to only activate Gyro when a specific joystick is touched
  • Continuous button pressing or "Rapid Fire" mode for face buttons
  • Supports both Bluetooth and Wired connections
  • A dedicated Steam button to start big picture mode or bring Steam up
  • A Quick Access Menu button

There is also a dedicated application that can change a lot of sensitivity and button assignments, and it also appears to have Steam Input support natively. There is also XInput support, but you can only utilize it when connected by wire.

Honestly, the controller looks and sounds awesome, and it does appear to have Steam Deck support! Towards the bottom of the page, it mentions the Steam Deck multiple times, mentioning it being connected by Bluetooth or USB cable to a docking station, and that some features may not be available depending on the system software of your Deck. It also mentions that the product does NOT have a vibration function, trackpad, or headphone jack.


While I do miss a trackpad, it's an awesome looking controller that I am quite pleased to see. Anything that directly relates to the Steam Deck makes me happy, so seeing a controller specifically tested for the Deck, with quick access menu buttons and Steam Input support, give me a lot of hope.

At the store page for it, it also mentions the price will be 7,980 Yen, or around $50, when it is released on October 31st this year.

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Noah Kupetsky
A lover of gaming since 4, Noah has grown up with a love and passion for the industry. From there, he started to travel a lot and develop a joy for handheld and PC gaming. When the Steam Deck released, it just all clicked.
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