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.

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1 Comment on Steam Controller Put to the Test in Dota 2


On December 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

the controller might look weird for common xbox360/ps3 owners but, this controller seem to have greater accuracy then the old joy stick’s controllers., and who give a damn about the look of a controller if it does the job way better then the others, it wont look so bad after the tests.