Valve has announced that its Steam Machines won’t be available in the market anytime in 2014. The company delayed the release due to ongoing work on the Steam Controller.
Valve’s Eric Hope explains on Steam Forums why the work on controller is causing the 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. Realistically, we’re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014,” said Eric.
Valve announced the controller way back in 2013 and it has been under heavy development ever since. The delay only means more disappointment for gamers and developers who were eagerly awaiting for the device. Valve is either way not known for ‘release early, release often’, the are infamous for ‘Valve Time’. Urban Dictionary explains it well, “The expanded time Valve uses when talking about anything that will involve them working. Like a new york minute, but in reverse. See Valve week and Valve month.”
It’s uncertain whether 3rd party vendors will continue with their plan to launch Steam Machines to the market.