Valve has released a video showing off how their Steam Controller is manufactured on the production line that was set up in Illinois, USA.
The Steam Controller is available through Steam for $49.99 and sports haptic input, one analogue stick and two trackpads along with Xbox style A,B,X,Y face buttons. The controller also has built in Gyroscope and accelerometer sensors enabling tilt-to-steer racing wheel functionality and other motion-controlled input.
The controller can be used with the Steam Machine or a machine that is capable of running Steam’s Big Picture Mode like most desktop PC’s.
You can read up about how the controller came into existence and enjoy the hypnotic movement of the production line robots below:
When we first started designing hardware at Valve, we decided we wanted to try and do the manufacturing as well. To achieve our goal of a flexible controller, we felt it was important to have a similar amount of flexibility in our manufacturing process, and that meant looking into automated assembly lines. It turns out that most consumer hardware of this kind still has humans involved in stages throughout manufacturing, but we kind of went overboard, and built one of the largest fully automated assembly lines in the US. Our film crew recently put together a video of that assembly line, showcasing exactly why robots are awesome.