The new Steam Controller from Valve will come to South Africa, Dell has told MyBroadband.
There is no pricing or time frame for the local launch yet, as it is dependent on approvals from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications.
Valve recently unveiled the controller, stating it will offer gamers the kind of precision control they get from a keyboard and mouse, in a package that can be used from the comfort of a couch.
Steam Controllers feature dual trackpads, haptic feedback, dual-stage triggers, back-grip buttons, and customisable control schemes for different games.
These features will give gamers the “high-fidelity input required for precise PC gaming in the living room”, said Valve, while ensuring that you don’t have to take your thumbs off-target in shooter games.
Valve said limited quantities of the controller will be shipped from 16 October, in advance of the official launch on 10 November 2015.
The Steam Controller forms part of a larger play by Valve to offer a gaming platform that promises the power of a PC and the convenience of a video game console.
These Steam Machines will run on Valve’s own version of the Debian 7 “Wheezy” GNU/Linux operating system called SteamOS, and a bevy of the devices are set to hit the market by November 2015.
Alienware, a subsidiary of Dell, has already launched a Steam Machine running on Windows 8 which it calls the Alienware Alpha.
Dion Wired sells the Alienware Alpha in South Africa, with prices ranging from R11,500 to R17,500 depending on the hardware specifications.