Valve has pushed back the expected release date for its Steam Machine consoles and the Steam controllers from 2014 to 2015. A post on the Steam blog from Valve’s Eric Hope explains that the company has made the decision to extend the development period primarily to fix issues with the Steam controller, suggesting that the actual Steam Machines are good to go.
Prototypes of the controller have been used in tests already and a lot of feedback has come as result of those trial runs with consumers. Some people did not like Valve’s decision to go for touch pads instead of analog sticks, while some feel that it is a unique but worthwhile change from other console controllers.
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 busymaking all those improvements. Realistically, we’re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014. – Eric Hope
Since Valve’s blog post only applies to its own Steam Machine consoles, there is always the possibility for third-party devices to come out sometime this year. However, even that seems somewhat unlikely if the controller is in need of more work.
Via [The Verge]