Trackpads instead of joysticks? I don't know how I feel about that. The button placement is real weird too. Maybe it would work, hard to know by just looking at it. The console stuff is cool, though none of these announcements are real surprising. A patent for a valve controller leaked a while ago, valve already announced they're working with several companies to make prototypes of these steam boxes, and the steam OS really just expands what they were trying to do with Steam Big Picture.
Piston comes out November 29
$999. whew. That's a lot. If Valve really wants to take over the living room, I hope they made the other models that they're working with/on cheaper. I know Valve pulled out of the Piston earlier this year but damn. Granted, the thing does look to be pretty upgradable.