So I was wondering if anyone has considered a small light steam controller exo-skeleton?
The Idea is to create an external addon for the shell to allow a breathable space between your hands and the controller to reduce sweat and the damaging residue that comes with it.
The exo-shell would be like this cast: https://cdn3.img.sputniknews.com/images/101793/46/1017934654.jpg
except it would be for the grip of the controller instead of the whole controller, and it wouldn't necessarily require modifying the pre-existing shell of the controller.
Posted to r/steamcontroller
Does anyone know if/where to get custom buttons to change the ABXY/Guide button?
Its difficult to search because the search with Steam controller in it seems to bring an endless tide of input posts even with search terms filtering out much of the configurations.
I want new physical buttons to change the look of the controller, and a new light up guide button that's not the Steam logo.
As promised, here is the more intensive part I talked about in my previous post. I posted these pictures to the steam controller discord a while back, but didnt want to type up a post until I had a chance to really use it.
with a touch protect on (though I have since swapped from hex to mirage)
As you can see, it takes inspiration from the xbox elites dpad cover, but is a bit more subtle. This is for 2 reasons:
I think I accomplished that.
Before talking about how it works... This mod is a bit more intensive as it involves carefully prying the touch pad circuitry out of its current cover, which it is glued to. It was then finicky to install the new cover as the base model I used from Valve isnt keyed in any way, it seems the machines that make the sc's take care of alignment on their own. I am not a machine, but I do feel like after about 20 minutes of fiddling I did get it aligned well and in testing I found that thankfully I was careful enough that I didnt ruin anything.
So, how does it feel in game? Its obviously suited much more to the Cross Gate layout style for the dpad, and does kinda have its own dead zone setting suggestion built in. While I dont have any new game play footage, I did feel like it was better for dpad modes than the stock cross shaped indent as it did have that "I've brushed up against something" feeling whenever moving your thumb from the center despite being subtle. Surprisingly, I think the geometry nearly matches the default dead zone of cross gate mode but it did take some fine tuning. Finally... the flat center doesnt feel as good as the subtle concavity of the default pads. Its much more noticeable when you are in the center, which could be viewed as a good thing.
I havent uploaded this file to thingiverse yet, though I probably will at some point.
EDIT: And uploaded! https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3120837
My recommendation is using clear nail polish and placing a "nub" at the center of the directional pad. That quite literally is the single most fulfilling, and easiest improvement that I've done to my Steam controller thus far. A singular dot of it at the center of it, helps you come right back to center when you are indeed using it as a DPad versus an axis (like the left stick). And if you are deciding to use it as an axis, it also helps to know where that deadzone is so you can easily elect to roll your thumb slightly and walk, versus running overall.
Its a bit pricier than the more diy route of grinding stuff down, but I modeled a joystick base that actually fits into the sc without physically modifying the SC and got it printed from shapeways. The base then uses the magnetic tops for xbox elite controllers.
Please excuse the shoddy attempt at doing a full vinyl wrap instead of just a cut out decal/skin.
Edit: I have another, more intensive mod that I've done that I'll talk about soon... its not for the feint of heart, it was incredibly finicky to implement and I'm not sure its 100% correct...
I wasn't sure if this warranted a new post, but this sub isn't as active as I'd like it to be, so what the hell.
as you can see in the album, after 1500hrs of rocket league my poor thumbstick was almost done. I over drilled the stem of the thumbstick on my first attempt, which meant it just spun on the analog pot. So I had to rebuild the keyed slot with some more SugruTM and it's worked great so far. It's slightly longer, which actually makes me feel like I have finer controller in Rocket League, the grip is fine and doesn't hurt my thumb, but it does stay cooler and doesn't feel sweaty, so that's neat.
Also, other than the stem being too tall on the bottom of the aluminum thumbstick, it slotted onto the analog pot fine, so I didn't have to trim that, nor did I have to cut into my faceplate. Shortening the stem worked just fine, and I have no problem with the stick centering or hanging or anything.
I recently had the dreaded "shoulder button break", but managed to repair that with the use of SugruTM Although if it breaks again I'll probably attempt to 3d print it since they released the official files for that.
I've finally got my 3d printer almost up and calibrated, and so the next step is MOAR MODS! Starting with a CUSTOM FRONT PLATE with my gamertag etched in it. I will probably put a thin translucent sheet behind it and try and wire up some LEDs behind it. We'll see what the best way to do it is.
I had originally tried to do that design in Fusion360, only to discover that Fusion360 doesn't have a "Text to curve" functionality(really? I mean...really?), so had to import it to Solidworks and throw it on there, and refresh myself in how to use solidworks.
I'm still new to 3D printing, so even once the print is 'finished' I'm still going to have to learn how to finish/smooth/paint it. So hopefully that finished product will be up in the next month or so.
And then eventually I really want to paint the whole shell. Haven't decided what yet, but either a sparkling blue, or onyx black with silver sparkles would be cool.
I'd love to see more of other peoples mods/ideas. For those interested in messing with the 3D files, Fusion360 is free and there's already a youtube video on how to work with the files. Onshape is also free, and is a browser based parametric 3D cad program similar to solidworks. I'd start with Fusion360, but anything it can't do, like curving text >:( , I'd give Onshape a try. Also, like I said, Onshape is browser based, so you can screw around on it at work n' stuff ;)
I really love the SC, but with the DPad, they totally fuc*ed it up...
Sometimes I like playing games like Mortal Kombat, which would be in need of the DPad and it just feels weired to play it with the stick.
So are there any modding ideas out there to make the DPad actual useable?
After a few hours of playing, the thumbstick wobbles a little bit / becomes a little bit loose.
feels like the thumbgrip has a little bit play against the stick itself.
Anybody else facing that problem or found any fixes?
I'm thinking about to open the controller and glue the two things together...
I'm got my steam controller in the mail a few days ago and am wondering if you can connect it to an Android phone in order to use it elsewhere (e.g for Pubg mobile) than the steam link app. If possible I am looking for a solution that works without rooting the device.
Just trying to see if there is a way to make mobile gaming (if I have to) a bit more comfortable.
There's only one thing that I dislike about the Steam Controller, and that's how light/easy to pull the triggers are.
I much prefer the tougher, more 'springy' feel of say the Xbox controllers.
Does anyone know of a way I could potentially achieve this with some sort of easy modification?
I'm trying to do a repair on a steam controller that didn't include any screws. Can anybody tell me what screw size the steam controller uses? I know it uses a torx t6 head and that there are 2 lengths. I know this from teardowns I have seen.
but what I'm trying to find is the mm thickness(?) and length of the screws. can someone help me please
I stumbled upon this subreddit when I broke my RB button. Since then I've been browsing the subreddit and found plenty of paint jobs. But I've never seen anyone changing the LED light on the Steam button. And since I have a bunch of red lighting filters that I bought to also change the LED on my PC's chassis to red, might as well use it to change my steam controller's LED light from white to red.
So here it is! https://imgur.com/gallery/cu9EirT
Edit: some spelling errors
EDIT: Nope, need both plugged in for either to work properly.
I'm thinking of putting a normal D-pad in the place of the left touch pad. Please ignore all the technical details of that statement (how I'm doing it, etc.) as that isn't the point of this thread. What I really just want to know for now is, will the Steam controller and all of its other functions (the right touchpad, etc) still work normally, or will I get some sort of error message, etc.?
I don't actually own a Steam Controller yet, and this will be the deciding factor as to whether I buy one.
This is my steam controller paintjob with some minor mods thrown in there (ignore the blue specks. that's just lighting). This took far too long than it needed to, but I'm happy with the result.
On the touch pads, I have carbon fiber TouchProtect Pads. Those things are worth every penny, I tell you. Under the battery cover, I have two adhesive glasses nose pads to soften the grip presses, as outlined in ExistentialEgg's video. I also have two layers of little pieces of masking tape on the LB and RB buttons on the board itself also to soften the press. I might add some extra layers on the right side because it doesn't feel as good as the left. I had originally planned on putting a ds4 stick in it, but the dome is shorter and fatter than the original SC one, so be ready to modify that if you're planning the same. Instead, I put the original back in and glued an O-ring to the top. Looks somewhat unsightly, but I'm not too worried about that because I can edit that later.
Eventually, I'm gonna add some flex-seal or something of the sort to the grips on the back for added grip, but I'm in no big hurry to do that just yet. This is my first foray into spraypainting and my second or third attempt at modding a controller, so I'm still pretty new to this. Constructive criticism, thoughts, and all that jazz would be appreciated.
Valve has released the CAD files for the L/R trigger mount.
I like my Steam Controller, but the rough edges on the sides dig into my hands and make them hurt. I bought the ParticleGrip STUDDED Skin to allieviate the problem, but the studs hurt my hands as well. Is there an alternative skin that covers the sides of the Steam Controller, but is smooth rather than studded? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
I realized I might get more responses here, so I figured I'd put this up here. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be very grateful.
Got your hands on a steam controller? Good! Now take it apart and throw some paint (or anything else you see fit) on there! This is a place to share your hardware mods on the Steam controller made by valve. Paint, buttons, etc... All mods are welcome! More will be added to this sidebar as time goes on.