Valve's new Steam Controller, which features haptic feedback, will not be available in 2014 as the company previously said. Product designer Eric Hope wrote on the Steam website that, because there is so much feedback to consider and new ideas to implement, Valve is now planning a release for the controller sometime next year.
"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," Hope said. "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."
The wording of Hope's post also suggests, but does not specifically state, that Steam Machines themselves are also not going to be available until 2015.
"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," Hope said. "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."
Valve announced the Steam Controller and Steam Machines last year, giving more details about these endeavors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. Are you excited about Valve's upcoming hardware offerings? Lets us know in the comments below!
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