Valve have announced that work on refining the Steam Machine Controllers is taking longer than anticipated and that they are now looking at a release window of 2015. While not explicitly stated this presumably means that the launch of the Steam Machine itself will also be delayed to accommodate for having the controller ready at release.
In a recent post on the ‘Steam Universe’ group in their community, Valve have stated:
“We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. 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. “
It stands to reason that the release of the Steam Machine won’t come before the controllers, as Valve will want to release the whole package at the same time to offer up the strongest competition possible in a hardware market ever growing with next-gen consoles and android boxes. Still, we’re glad to hear that the delays are due to a desire for perfection, as opposed to technical issues with the hardware.
You can read the full message on the Steam Universe Community.
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