Are you surprised that Valve has delayed the Steam Machine and Steam Controller release? We’re not.
An update on the Steam Universe boards from Valve’s Eric Hope revealed that the new Steam controller and the Machines will not make it out this year and they’re now aiming for a 2015 release. Regarding the controller and delay he commented:
“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.”
“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.”
At least they’re taking their time to get the controller as perfect as possible. No point releasing a device which just doesn’t do the job because it will be the main control method for many Steam Machine gamers when the Machines actually ship.