I'm amused by all the 'hypocrite' accusations being thrown around by people.
"People laughed at Nintendo when they made a tablet controller!" - Yes. A tablet controller. They put a non-multitouch, mammoth tablet screen in their 'controller'. This is a controller-sized controller, with a small touch screen, smaller than a Vita in total width.
And Valve is very pro-consumer, Microsoft not so much (or if they are now, they're struggling to portray that their not after their E3 disaster.
I think this could work. It gets rid of the need for a bunch of dedicated buttons (the way smartphones have replaced tactile cell phones due to the infinite usefulness and ability for the screen to become anything), and the moving parts of standard controllers, the sticks. I already use Xpadder to get rid of having to play with an awful KB+M setup on 90% of games anyway (mouse only games, I just use mouse), but if this can deliver mouse-like fidelity with slight thumb movement one would use instinctively on an analog stick, there could be something to this. I'd like to try one.
Only bad thing looks like it has the handgrips backwards? Or has bumps where your thumb wraps over the top to the button part where other controllers are more flat. It seems holding it would be uncomfortable, but I won't decide until I actually do.
I was super excited when I read the first few paragraphs, but this actually makes my particular scenario worse.
My wife loves Dragon Age: Origins. Loves it. She's probably beaten it 8-10 times now. She's always asking to play it, it's on my Steam account, so I let her just log on and play it. She is super against (and logically so) me buying her a copy because it's a waste of money. Why would we spend money on a copy for her if she can type 8 digits into steam and get access to it? So I thought this plan would finally solve that, until I read that only one user can access the library at a time. Now, if she's playing DA:O and I want to play a game, i just log in and boot her off of steam and the game keeps running. With this, she would be forced to quit out? Dumb.
This is just a more restrictive, more secure way to share your games. No thanks.
Have you tried logging into Steam, restarting it in offline mode on the machine she wants to play on, then logging onto Steam on a different computer? I do this all the time to keep a little time wasting game up on my laptop between loads and breaks on bigger games on my desktop.
As a person with unequal left right eye strength, the 3D effects gave me awful headaches, so I passed on the 3DS. If the 2DS was a slim little clamshell design that felt like an design upgrade I'd buy one in a heartbeat. But that solid-slab design... just... why? I'd be embarrassed to be seen with it. Just... why?!