Is this thing actually worth anything? I don't know how well I could use the pad instead of a stick. It's advertised as having "the precision of a mouse with the familiarity of a controller."
No matter which way you look at it. It takes time to get used to the gamepad. It's way, way different.
That said. Yes it's worth a lot. I absolutely love mine.
The only genre I'm not up to parity with a traditional gamepad or M+KB yet is FPS's and MMO's.
I can do 5-mans on Warcraft with mine, but pvp and raiding is too much so far.
Absolute elder-god tier for titles like Cities: Skyline that I want to play on my big screen to chill with.
It's a Valve product, so you get out of it what you put in, but you get a LOT for your investment.
I have a feeling valve will release a steam controller 2.0 a couple of years from now and it'll be way better. From what I've heard the release version does a good job of being versatile as Valve intended but because of that it feels and acts different than say a 360 controller, so it can be a little weirder/awkward.
It's great if you have enough patience to do a lot of customization.
Keep in mind the games need the Steam overlay to work, so you need to add non-Steam games to your Library. I've seen people play Battlefront by disabling Origin in-game and then adding the .exe to their Library.
The gyro makes shooters actually playable. It's like Splatoon.
Like what? Super Meat Boy? Mischief Maker?
Either way, dpad games are a breeze. The notches on the left pad mean your fingers don't lose track, and the haptics are responsive adn feel good when you press them.
As someone who got it as a gift, there is never a point at which I think that this controller is better in any way over traditional gamepad in any genre besides building games like cities. I find myself actively avoiding using the controller at times due to it not working well in the fighting, rts, and fps genres.
Its a big gimmick OP. do yourself a favor and either wait next year for 2.0 or keep using your current controller.
Customization is god tier. Touch menú is amazing for complex games (For example, X3), and gyro makes posible to play FPS.
I even made a custom profile for Sattelite Reign where you use the finger-control (instead if thumb) for moving the mouse cursor.
All that complexity makes this controller a master race controller not suitable for console babies.
Still, is not really good for fighting games. And i have found 1 game that does not work at all: Xwing alliance.