Valve have announced a minor delay to the release of their Steam Machines setting the release date back to 2015!
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.
It is a very minor disappointment but only because the anticipation is so high. I think it’s far more important at this stage that Valve take their time and get this right. The first generation Steam Machines will either see them ranked as a great alternative to Xbone and PS4 or set them back years. I can’t really see the latter happening given the effort that is going into development. It can’t be an easy task to convert mouse and keyboard gaming to controller gaming so Valve taking their time is a very good sign in my book. The other positive (and I can’t help but wonder if it was part of this delay decision) is that this gives the game developers, and more importantly game engines, more time to convert their games and engines over to Linux. This will mean more quality native titles for us on release day. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.