It looks like Valve will be delaying Steam Machines release untl next year thanks to doing more work on the controller. This is actually good news.
The game controller/game-pad (whatever you wish to call it) is probably the single most important thing for any sort of console as it defines the experience. So, the fact that Valve is putting this much effort into it is a good thing.
I am looking forward to trying the controller next year when it's available for purchase considering how much effort they are putting into it. The touch pads instead of sticks is sure to change the way people use game controllers, not to mention possibly bring in people who previously didn't like controllers.
QuoteWe've been getting emails from the Steam community asking us how our in-development Steam Machines are coming along. It's great that you're excited about it, and we know you appreciate it when we keep you in the loop on stuff like this, so we wanted to give you all a quick update.
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. 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. Until then, we’ll continue to post updates as we have more stories to share.
As always, we love getting feedback on the Steam Machine and Steam controller from the community. After all, you're the people we want to be happiest when we release them.
Feel free to continue posting your thoughts and suggestions to the Steam Universe discussion group.