The Valve Steam Controller for the Steam Machines is pegged for a release next month. As you might have realized over the past year or so, Valve has been releasing various designs before settling what many thought was the final version. However it seems that the version that will be released is not its final form.
Speaking to Polygon, Valve designer Erik Johnson revealed that what Valve is ultimately after is gamers to create modded Steam Controllers where at the end of the day, each gamer will have a controller that suits them best. This will most likely be done with Valve releasing the CAD files for the controllers. Given how open Valve has been with regards to mods for their games, we can’t say we’re too surprised to see it apply to hardware as well.
According to Johnson, “We want to release the CAD files for how these controllers are put together. How do you mod the controller? What does that look like?” Of course not everyone will have the know-how or tools necessary to create their own customized controllers, so perhaps in the future with Valve’s blessing or licensing, those with the tools could eventually start selling modded controllers alongside the default ones.
It sounds like a great idea, but what do you guys think? Would you love the idea of being able to mod a Steam Controller to your liking? Will this create any unfair advantages for other players?