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Steam dream dashed for 2014

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 29 May 20141 COMMENT

Will it all be worth it in the end?

It looks like the latest offerings from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will be afforded a little more room to breathe before they face their next big challenge in the marketplace. Valve announced this week that it no longer expects the first wave of third party Steam Machines to land on shelves this year. “Realistically we’re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014,” wrote Valve’s Eric Pope.

The primary reason for the delay appears to be a desire to improve the daring new controller, which features touch pads in place of thumb sticks. “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 also be able to make the controller a lot better.”

It will be interesting to see if the first batch of Steam Machines really does shepherd a generation of PC gamers into the living room.

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  1. Hewso says:

    With the new Steam Stream feature I think these machines may be a bit of a waste with current pc gamers.

    I can hook up my laptop to my TV and stream all my games from my gaming pc over the network to the tele. Seems to work pretty well to and I will imagine only get better after an update or two. Add a 360 controller and I was set.

    Nice to play some hi res pc stuff on a massive screen.

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