Valve’s Steam Machines and Steam Controller have been pushed back to a 2015 release, according to designer Eric Hope.
The Steam Controller was cited as the leading cause of the delay, leaving fans who were looking forward to getting their mitts on on Valve’s intriguing trackpad-toting peripheral…
Valve’s controller has already undergone a number of different iterations in their quest to find the perfect balance between traditional console controllers and the mouse & keyboard, but there is still a way to go according to Hope.
"We're now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers," he said.
"It's generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it's also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements.
"Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.
“Obviously we're just as eager as you are to get a Steam Machine in your hands. But our number one priority is making sure that when you do, you'll be getting the best gaming experience possible. We hope you'll be patient with us while we get there. Until then, we'll continue to post updates as we have more stories to share."
Back at the CES show in January 2014 more a dozen Steam machines were shown off to expectant attendees, ranging in value from $500 up to a whopping $6,000. They will arrive with Valve’s Linux-powered SteamOS pre-installed, and include the proprietary Steam Controller.
Alienware and iBuyPower have already gone on record to express their concerns with the Steam Machines, and this delay is doing them few favours.
Is Valve missing the boat with its constantly delayed Steam Machine launch?
Will it succeed in hooking in console gamers who have already had two holiday seasons to pick up their chosen games console?
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