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Steam is getting an official controller, but Valve isn’t making it

Four colors of the Wireless Horipad controller for Steam (yellow, violet, white, and black) against a blue background.
Hori’s design is a little funky, but those yellow and violet versions look fantastic. | Image: Hori

Nearly five years after Valve discontinued its experimental Steam Controller, a new officially licensed gamepad for Steam is on the way. The new controller is made by Hori, and it’s only coming to Japan (at least for now).

Dubbed the Wireless Horipad for Steam, the PC-centric controller matches the Steam Deck’s menu buttons and has similar touch sensors atop its sticks to activate gyro controls. It also supports Bluetooth wireless and USB-C wired connections as well as a whole bunch of custom programmability using Hori’s software. But while it shares a lot with the Steam Deck, it’s not a Steam Controller 2 — it lacks rumble, a matching set of four back buttons, and the handheld’s signature trackpads.

The new controller is set to launch…

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