Valve has said that their Steam Machines will be delayed until next year as they are getting “a ton of useful feedback” which means they are spending extra time refining their controller.
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.
Valve is one of fourteen companies who are backing the Steam Machine project but it seems unlikely that Alienware and the other backers will forge ahead with their own Steam Machines when the controller will not be available.
“The manufacturers are not able to speak to the press about the project, but the BBC understands they are unlikely to proceed until the controller is ready,” reads a report on BBC news.