VALVE HAS DELAYED the release of its Steam Box games console to spend more time perfecting the controller.
The firm took to its blog to update its community of fans on its progress, and said that the Steam Machine is coming along, but is not ready for general use yet. This means it will not be released this year.
"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," wrote the firm in its blog post.
"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."
Feedback leads to improvements, and improvements can lead to delays. Because of this the firm said that the Steam Machine is unlikely to be in homes and gamers' hands until at least next year.
"Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014," it added.
"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."
Naturally, the first comment posted underneath the firm's blog post is a question about when Half Life 3 will be released. µ
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