Steam Controller Put to the Test in Dota 2
Can you play Dota 2 on it?
That’s one of the first questions that came to mind when I saw Valve’s Steam Controller. I’d like to kick back on the couch and play Dota 2 on the big screen, but I don’t see how all those abilities and items and last-hit twitch movements can be packed into a controller.
Chris at YouTube channel Trial By Game set out to answer my query, and with Steam Controller in hand, he loaded up Dota 2 on his beta Steam Machine. The takeaway from the gameplay video below: yep, you can play Dota 2 on it, but it needs a far better set of key bindings to make it feasible.
I have little doubt that many people will come up with different Dota 2 controller setups, and I’m sure Valve would love to make Dota 2 in the living room a big part of its official Steam Machines rollout in 2014. Still, I don’t see how those players will be able to compete with traditional mouse and keyboard players. Perhaps a controller-only server?
Here’s to hoping Gaben et al figure this one out.