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.