Although whether this will also hold up Steam Machines from the other 14 companies making them isn’t clear at this stage.
Valve took to the Steam Universe community page to announce the delay which will affect the release date of their own Steam Machine and controller. Valve’s Eric Hope,notes that while progress is being made a wait will unfortunately be on the cards, stating,
“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.“
“Obviously we're just as eager as you are to get a Steam Machine in your hands” Hope went onto say, “ But our number one priority is making sure that when you do, you'll be getting the best gaming experience possible. We hope you'll be patient with us while we get there”
How this is likely to affect other vendors planning to bring out their own Steam Machines is unclear, although the SteamOS, Steam Machine specific operating system is now in the beta test phase.
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