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Top Six Games to Play with Your Steam Controller

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I’ve been hugely impressed by the versatility of the steam controller, and the way it has empowered me to play pc games. I went from hunched over my desk with a mouse and keyboard to relaxing on the sofa with this comfortable gamepad in hand. People have asked for it, so here it is. Hi I'm Gardiner the Linux gamer and here are a few of my favorite games to play with a Steam Controller. You can find me on these socials: Patreon: http://patreon.com/thelinuxgamer Vid.me: http://vid.me/thelinuxgamer Twitch: http://twitch.tv/xondak Twitter: http://twitter.com/thelinuxgamer Facebook: http://facebook.com/pixeltux You can email me at thepixeltux-at-gmail-dot-com Common questions: What distro do you use? On my office PC I use Ubuntu 17.10 with the stylish Pop! theme by System76. On my Steam Machine I now run Ubuntu 16.04 with the Steam Compositor and nomodeswitch packages installed. (This is because later versions of Ubuntu have PIE enabled by default which prevents me from using Dolphin) What do you use to edit your videos? Audio editing: Ocenaudio Video editing: KdenLive What are your machines specs? Steam Machine: Intel Core i7 at 3.8 GHz, Nvidia GTX 970 4GB, 12 GB RAM, Ubuntu 16.10 w/ Steam Compositor Desktop: AMD FX 6300 at 3.5 GHz, Nvidia GTX 750 1GB, and 8 GB 1600 MHz RAM, Ubuntu 16.04 w/ GNOME 3 (not Ubuntu GNOME) Where do you get your music? Theme by RoccoW: http://facebook.com/roccowschiptune Production Music courtesy of Epidemic Sound: http://www.epidemicsound.com
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João Henriques (1 month ago)
My favourite is Grim Dawn. The developers really got it right.
James Devine (1 month ago)
hi this is a great video. do u suggest that i should get the steam controller
Fernando Chiquelho (4 months ago)
I belive that any game will work great with the right configuration
Mr Hunterf (4 months ago)
"I'm a sofa gamer not a desktop gamer " but you push linux do you have a console or something?
Chris Zimmer (6 months ago)
MiZI (1 month ago)
only a two year old would do that th games terrible
laid back vince (7 months ago)
im whatching with a controller on steam xd
Mark Jackson (8 months ago)
Mouse and keyboard forever here. But some small few games ... sports/fighting/platformers, I love the steam controller. I'm not a casual gamer, so I don't sit on the couch, but the steam controller is something else. You get a ton for the price point. I bought mine specifically for the upcoming Ori and the Will and the Wisps.
Anasztaizzia (8 months ago)
You missed Dark Souls 3. Check it out!
asterixxer (9 months ago)
My Fav. is Train Simulator with the steam Controller. Ok. its no Linux game. But has a great Mapping.
Lenz (9 months ago)
With the paddle shifters on back and the gyro for steering, racing games are fun with the steam controller as well.
Nic Lindo (9 months ago)
Tekken 7 works well on the Steam controller for me.
Nephitejnf (9 months ago)
The Steam controller aka. the controller for the tinkering linux user
Mikel Watts (9 months ago)
Any chance getting a vid taking about Linux and VR specifically oculus rift and Vive
omfgbunder2008 (9 months ago)
How does gcc pie prevent you from running dolphin? I've never seen it impact any other emulators.
The Linux Gamer (9 months ago)
+omfgbunder2008 I have Ubuntu 16.04 on my stream machine and it doesn't bother me anymore... But there's a reason I went with 16.04: it doesn't have PIE enabled. I have 16.10 on there and couldn't play Dolphin games at all.
Shaber ur rahman (9 months ago)
playstation Remote Play on linux?? or xbox game in linux?? not talking about an emulator Or install wine->playstation remot play application and then try to play ps4 game and make a performance comparison .Please make a video about this topic
AmazinglyAwkard (9 months ago)
Im having a hard ti w finding a budgt laptop to run linux for programming or digital art. Can someone please help???
Michael Bellerue (9 months ago)
XCom 2. I can't go back to keyboard and mouse after having used the Steam Controller.
Juanito Von Bumblepantz (5 months ago)
Lego Man0425 (10 months ago)
Cup head?
nuclearlion (10 months ago)
I'm about to go truck driving with a linux laptop and the steam controller, thanks for the list and thanks for the suggestions in comments!
Cyprian Guerra (10 months ago)
I know it's an oldie but... KOTOR2. I mapped all the menus to radial selectors that appear when you squeeze left or right grip and touch the pad. They work awesome, they even have icons. Did the same with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and I'm still using it for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Everything including precision aiming with accelerometer works like it was developed for those games.
Bartosz Olszewski (10 months ago)
Why would you EVER buy this? Xbox one controller is really not bad
Juanito Von Bumblepantz (5 months ago)
Why would you EVER settle for an Xbox one controller? Generally speaking, I believe the answer to your question is, People who want precision and customization laugh at the xBone controller.
JaysonSR (10 months ago)
First reason for me is that I can frequently get them new for a mere $30. I used to use a 360 controller as my go-to, but now they just feel wrong after having tried out the Steam controller. Second reason has to be personal preference.
Richie EB (10 months ago)
It's actually not bad you just have to get used to it for its 2 circle pads, I was getting precise epic headshots in Fallout 4 no problem, and I had a combo where I would hold a button and then ever so lightly barely tap my right circle pad to do a quick save, and another similar one for a load save. Very convenience, I regret selling mine.
Edwin Svensson (10 months ago)
What about rocket league? Have you played it? It's on Linux :D
atombrain111 (2 months ago)
the face buttons are crowded, i never hit the right button in a pinch. I mapped the right pad to work as a button pad.
Austin Blankenship (2 months ago)
Binding air roll to the grips changed my life
Ben Oliver (9 months ago)
Rocket league is great with the SC because you can map the inside buttons to roll.
ロリ・ヘンタイ (9 months ago)
It's great
Richie EB (10 months ago)
I pretty much spent 90% of my time on Rocket League and no problem, works out of the box mate.
Nico Martín (10 months ago)
Any game is playable on the Steam Controller because it's awesome <3 (but the driver is not open source, and the steam shop has DRM) but still, the human pleaceure, my dark vice.
JaysonSR (10 months ago)
If you want to use it without Steam active, there's a neat little program called SC Controller. It can emulate XB360 controls or KB&M inputs. It's my favorite solution to things like the Dolphin emulator without toying with the Steam overlay. It even supports on-the-fly mapping swaps via a preset list. Great little tool.
WeAreGeek (10 months ago)
Check out my config for Armello (Ultimate Armello). It's reasonably simple (e.g. no mode switches), but very usable.
Aaron Chamberlain (10 months ago)
No Hyper Light Drifter? That was my favorite use of the Steam Controller.
The Linux Gamer (10 months ago)
You don't really use the controller's unique features with Hyper Light Drifter, though... do you?
HewBiePie (10 months ago)
You forgot dying light
Cláudio Sampaio (10 months ago)
I play X: Rebirth with the steam controller. It fits perfectly with all the keys it requires and the part of the game when you enter stations and walk around also fit the action sets (modes) of the steam controller.
R K (10 months ago)
No idea but since we will never see Left 4 Dead 3 or Half Life 3 because Valve are too busy counting their steam cash to actually develop any games these days.
Daniel Coffman (10 months ago)
I love how the steam client works with the controller and game. I think it is awesome how you have so many ways to tweet the settings. My only complaint is that the settings you can tweak, are not straight forward. Honestly, I think the Steam Controller is the greatest controller of all time. It’s comfortable, its configurable, it can be used for different things on a PC/game. The weight of the controller is in the palm of your hand and not in your fingers. (Play hrs with the steam controller and then play with an Xbox or PlayStation Controller and you’ll see a slight difference in weight distribution) The only thing I hate about the controller is the fact that it’s got the Xbox buttons. I understand why they chose to use that design (because Windows games primarily used the Xbox controller) but it takes away some of the comfortable features of the controller. Since I’m first a Sony gamer, I’ll compare it to the Sony controller. In all honesty, I can get past the x,y,a,b layout vs the X, O, triangle, square buttons; but it’s the feel I’m not comfortable with. Sony buttons are flat and smooth. It doesn’t push into your finger padding after hrs of gameplay. The Xbox buttons are rounded, which doesn’t feel natural when pressing. In comparison, it hurts the fingers after hrs of gameplay. Other than that, the Steam Controller is the best controller ever.
Cláudio Sampaio (10 months ago)
I agree wholeheartedly. The Steam Controller is a wonderful device. And through the open source sc-controller it becomes even more powerful.
Twinkle the marvel horse (10 months ago)
Actually, the first owners of a Steam Controller received a free copy of Portal 2 for PC. I guess Valve wanted them to get familiar with the controller with a simple first-person game like this one.
cody thedragonrude (10 months ago)
play with your meme controller
b101 (10 months ago)
@The Linux Gamer, I would love if you did a video on couch-coop and couch pvp that includes both open source titles as well as paid developer titles. Thanks, B
The Linux Gamer (10 months ago)
+b101 love this idea. I will do this soon!
D W (10 months ago)
I want to like the steam controller, but the ultimate Irony is mine has given me nothing but problems since I became a Linux user. It worked properly a single time and has refused ever since. I really need to invest the time to try and fix it one of these days.
Jakejw93 - Linux Gaming (10 months ago)
I really liked the Steam controller, shame all 3 of mine broke on me ¬_¬
Jakejw93 - Linux Gaming (10 months ago)
JaysonSR all under a year. Think the worst case one was 3 months. Bumper buttons seem to snap stupidly easy
JaysonSR (10 months ago)
In what time frame? Mine's like 1.5 years old and it looks new.
Corben Dallas (10 months ago)
A long long time the Xbox 360 controller was the best controller all time for me. It works out of the box with most games, in fact most games were built for the Xbox 360 controller and still today lot of games you can control with it have corresponding presets. When the Steam Controller was announced, I immediately wanted to have this thing. It wasn't cheap when it came out, still I bought two of them. And then disillusion came up. I could use the Steam Controller more or less directly as a replacement for the Xbox 360 Controller, but as the analog stick and the buttons are arranged differently than on the Xbox 360 Controller, my muscle memory tricked me. I had quite some problems in the beginning. It didn't feel good. Also the amount of tweaks you could apply to the Steam Controller are overwhelming. Too much to configure and neither a good explanation nor any examples to show what each setting does, and why it could be useful... So using my Steam Controller started pretty slowly... but it got more and more over time. And nowadays imho the Steam Controller is the best controller. I didn't use the Xbox 360 Controller for month anymore. The Steam Controller completely replaced it for me. There are some videos here on youtube now explaining which options of the Steam Controller have which affect. These are pretty useful. Also a must have (especially for Linux users) is the SC Controller software: https://github.com/kozec/sc-controller It also helped me a lot in understanding how the Steam Controller works. Especially for non-steam games it's easier to changes configurations and see what they do than opening the Steam overlay in big picture mode to configure the controller. After all, as also said in the video... you'll have to invest some time into getting used to the Steam Controller. But in the end, it's totally worth it!
Malik Enes Şafak (10 months ago)
Banished was really nice for steam controller
SuperGhinz (10 months ago)
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt runs Flawless with the Steam controller
Bartosz Olszewski (10 months ago)
I feel your pain
Cláudio Sampaio (10 months ago)
It does. Do you use it with sc-controller or Steam?
jumijc (10 months ago)
Awesomenauts works really well with the Steam controller. You should try it.
LeFlawk (10 months ago)
Have you seen the "ALL Controller"? looks pretty promising
Øyvind Kjønli (10 months ago)
I find that the gamedevelopers don't get the Steam Controller. When there is a recommended preset for a game, it's usually bad in my opinion. They are usually trying to implement it as a standard controller, which it's not. I also find that the controller works best if I set the game to mouse and keyboard, and then it's the best controller out there in my opinion. Don't Starve is a really good game for the controller. Have also played a lot of Rust with it, and it works like a charm, but u become to slow in-game. I hope they will build the v2 of it..
SGK_GaminG™ (10 months ago)
Looks like I'm the only one on that poll. Dual shock 4 at 100%
kenai - (10 months ago)
Nice vid! Greetings from Mexico :)
Stefan Siegl (10 months ago)
Okay. Time to get Stardew Valley and a Steam Controller :D
FeelItRising (10 months ago)
The Linux Sofa Gamer

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