Yeah, if playing PC games on a couch, I'd probably still choose to stack up a pile of text books next to me and put a mouse pad on top of them, and a keyboard on my lap
While I see WHY they did it I'm still not convinced how this is going to work in practise, at least not for all games.
I just tend to play mouse/keyboard games at my desk and then a selection of control pad type games sat on the sofa using my TV... of course my PC is about a foot away from my TV and always connected so that makes life easy for me ;)
Regarding the typical 4 buttons under the right thumb... in theory you could still configure the controller to act as 4 buttons because it's all software/touch driven... but, 4 "virtual"/touch buttons like that would be pretty pitiful compared to real buttons. They'd need 4 bumps around that outer circle at least so you could feel your way to each "button"...
I considered that but then realised you'd lose the 'look' stick... unless the look stick was the middle and the buttons were on the outside but that just feels like it could be awkward...
I too feel that it looks to be worse than a 360 controller, and also worse than a mouse/keyboard -- a horrible bastard of both... but we'll just have to wait and see. As a developer, I might still buy one simply to add support for it
heh, yeah, if it got popular enough and I got my arse in gear and, ya know, did something in my spare time (at the end of 4 days off, 2 of which due to illness, and I've done NOTHING! *chuckles*) I'd be tempted to get one for the same reason.