Steam Controller delayed to 2015

"Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014," Valve says.

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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omar_q
omar_q

Just pull the plug on this shitty idea. When will they realize that there is no target for this? 

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

obviously 


this steam machine treand will die before it will even begin 

keyboard and mouse is fine by me, with the addition of a xbox controller i'm set. 

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

I always thought this controller was an april fools joke, they are actually making it?

Seryll
Seryll

Delay Simulator 2014 er 2015 confirmed.

DrKill09
DrKill09

It's a horrid looking thing, anyway.  A design so bad, I'd swear Nintendo made it.

DARREN636
DARREN636

Thought the whole machine was being delayed.

The concepts success hinges on that controller.

DARREN636
DARREN636

Thought the whole machine was being delayed.

The concepts success hinges on that controller.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Gabe himself had said that Valve would be focusing on multiplayer centric games  for some time.So HL3 will definitely not come out next year.

Oogazi
Oogazi

They should sell everything in a bundle - steam machine, controller and Half-Life 3 - they'll get a lot of complaints, but it'll be a system seller.

Mraou
Mraou

I just want a good wireless gamepad that has 6 shoulder buttons like the Steam one.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Good. It was pretty lackluster from what I hear.

treemasterx
treemasterx

Great so with this delay, you announce Half Life Tree?


Yes?


Yes?


oh well I guess I didn't pray hard enough to Lord Newel hard enough



mdign
mdign

2014 Year of the Delays.


DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

Of course it is...Like everything else is delayed to 2015.  Not that I mind, better to get it right than to get it out broken. 

Besides, the real reason it's delayed?  HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!!!

unreal849
unreal849

Can't really say I'm all that heartbroken. Between my 360 pad and my pro-grade KB/M setup, I have everything I need.

mattcake
mattcake

Somebody needs to unblock that Valve cos all we get out of it is the odd drip of crud nowadays.

einsp
einsp

Who the hell delays a controller? If they can't even get the controller right than that makes me really worried.

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

I guess i should leave the gaming world for a year and focus on collage .


bye everyone . I'll be back in 2015

unreal849
unreal849

LOOOL


"Yo dawg, I heard you like delays....."

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Great it will be that much better in the end.

haze0986
haze0986

@DarkJedi8_basic smh, half life 3 really? even if that game ever comes out , it will suck because of all the hype you people put behind a game that doesnt exist

McGregor
McGregor

@unreal849 What  KB/M setup do you have? I have to get a new one to replace my g15...it finally crapped out on me.

tane100
tane100

@einsp They just can't figure out what kind of game people can play with it

DARREN636
DARREN636

If the controller fails to capture the publics attention- steam machine will fail

McGregor
McGregor

@einsp Well, I'd say the controller is the hardest part...the rest of the Steam Machine is just a computer with Linux (Ubuntu) loaded on it.

unreal849
unreal849

@einsp  I'm not surprised. Everyone who had a hands-on with it said it felt half-baked. Maybe it's just an inherently limited tech, and there's no way to make the touchpad directionals work well.

mattcake
mattcake

@kingcrimson24 You're gonna spend a whole year cutting up bits of coloured paper and making a bigger picture out of them?

DARREN636
DARREN636

Let's leaf out the bad jokes , eh?

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@DARREN636 If you think bad jokes are the root of the problem then you're only foliaging yourself.