Valve has been working on their own Steam Machines for quite some time now. This process has gone through many live tests and beta units that have lead to changes and refinements a long the way. Valve wants to deliver a powerful and stable console-like experience on the PC platform. This of course is going to take a lot of time.
In a recent post on the Steam Community Group, Valve updates us on their progress so far and says that they are now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.
“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.
As always, we love getting feedback on the Steam Machine and Steam controller from the community. After all, you’re the people we want to be happiest when we release them.”
Valve’s update does not specify if third-party Steam Machines will be delayed as well. We are expecting the answer to be yes as when we met with many Steam Machine makers they told us they were waiting on Valve to finalize the controller, which will ship with each Steam Machine.
So we would expect all Steam Machines to be delayed until 2015, unless we hear otherwise. Check back as we will keep you updated!