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Steam Machines delayed into 2015 - but controller will be "a lot better" for it

The Steam Controller as it is now. A bit flat.

Valve Time is a myth, by and large - Gabe’s army have released a game every single year since Half-Life 2. 

That said, don’t clear room under your telly for a Steam Machine just yet. We won’t see case nor cable of any until next year.

Valve posted a Steam Machine update to the Steam Universe group this morning.

“It’s great that you're excited about it, and we know you appreciate it when we keep you in the loop on stuff like this,” they said, building tension for the ‘but’. 

It turns out the Steam Controller’s announcement to the public and games industry has opened it up to a far broader spectrum of playtesters - and with that, plenty of “useful feedback”.

“It means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better,” said Valve. “Of course, it’s also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements.” 

In short, the controller has pushed back Steam Machines to a 2015 release window, not 2014.

“Obviously we’re just as eager as you are to get a Steam Machine in your hands,” added Valve. “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.”

We can expect more updates along the way. Tester feedback has already seen the Steam Controller lose its touch screen and gain a more traditional button layout. Do you prefer it that way?

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Deadjim Avatar
3 Years ago

Ahh Valve time. So it'll be delayed until 2016 next year then?

Shriven Avatar
3 Years ago

Grrr, Might have to make an ordinary build now.

Tim Edwards Avatar
3 Years ago

I'm in a similar boat. Interestingly, you can buy refurbished X51 cases on eBay for not too much cash - sort of considering using on of those to self-build.

Hideous Mutant Freek Avatar
3 Years ago

Darn, I was really looking forward to these controllers. I am far more familiar with a controller setup than a kb/m and while this would still put me at a disadvantage in competitive games it would likely be more usable than the PS3 and 360 controllers have.

icheyne Avatar
3 Years ago

Maybe I should get a Wii U after all?

Mountain_Man Avatar
3 Years ago

So does this mean that SteamOS has been pushed back, too?