Valve Announces Steam Machines and Controllers Are Delayed Until 2015

Valve announced some bad news for gamers and PC makers alike: its highly anticipated Steam Machines won’t be available this year. If you’re one of the lucky few who has already tried a prototype Steam Controller, you know just what we’re all missing out on. Valve is now aiming for a 2015 release, and it hasn’t been more specific than that.

As Valve explains it, the controllers are at least one source of delay. “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,” writes Valve’s Eric Hope, on the Steam Universe blog.

The new Valve Steam Controller for the upcoming Steam Machines

PC makers, who undoubtedly learned of the delay ahead of Valve’s public announcement, can’t be happy with waiting until next year, either. We had a chance to try out a Dell Steam Machine at CES and had good things to say about the wired Steam Controller, which had thumbpads that gave us surprisingly precise control, even after only a few minutes of use.


We liked the wired Steam Controller at CES, but we certainly wouldn't mind a wireless version.

Of course, a wireless Steam Controller is worth a little waiting – we just hope Valve’s thinking early 2015, and not the following Christmas.  
Via:  Valve
Tags:  Dell, STEAM, Valve
Comments
Rosec14 6 months ago

Dangit all. I really want to try out one of those controllers. They look like they'd be terrible, but all the reviews have said that they're fairly intuitive...Guess I'll have to wait another year to try it out. :/

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Rosec14 6 months ago

Wait, which link? I feel like I've missed something. :D

SteveKuhn 6 months ago

Right?!

SethColaner 6 months ago

This is dumb. You can always improve a product as you gain expertise and come up with new ideas, and plenty of engineers (by their own admission) will never stop tweaking a product. That's why there needs to be someone in charge that says, "Wrap it, we're manufacturing in a week".

IMHO, Valve is in danger of letting the whole Steam Machine thing turn into vaporware.

Is a wireless controller cool? Yes. Can you release them later, after you have products shipping to thousands of anxious consumers? Also yes.

Rosec14 6 months ago

I absolutely agree that an emerging technology needs to get good enough ASAP, be released, and then get tweaked to perfection over time, but Valve already has such a strong support base that I don't see this delay being an issue.

KevinLozandier 6 months ago

This is a good thing, any informed techie know that it's sort of a BAD time to buy computer tech with DDR4 Ram, SATA Express, PCIe4, & Skylake will become mainstream at the end of the year.

It would also be somewhat of an awkward period next year given the fact the new tech Nvidia will have planned in 2016, but it's definitely not as bad as this year.

Most would've had buyer's remorse.

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