UPDATE 13/10/2016 5.10pm: Clearer pictures of the upcoming Vive controller have surfaced.

Developers @mxweas and Shawn Whiting revealed the following images of the device that wraps around one's hands so they can play games with an open palm. Naturally, this will bring about a new genre: the first-person slapper.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/10/2016 11.08pm: Valve is developing a new motion controller for the HTC Vive.

Pictures of its prototype were leaked on Twitter via developers Robert Merki and @downtohoerth after seeing it at today's Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle.

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While the pictures are blurry, it looks like one of them allows you to hold the controller with an open palm.

Merki noted on Twitter that "New Vive controllers [are] coming soon. Prototype available at #SteamDevDays", suggesting that these new controllers are indeed coming to market.

We've requested comment from Valve about when the new controllers are expected and if current Vive users will receive a discount on them. After all, the current controllers cost a pretty penny at Ł116.99 and they've only been out since April.

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