Valve is no longer expecting to release its Steam Machines this year after players' feedback indicated that its Steam Controller still needs refinement.
We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers," said Eric Hope. "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," he added.
Valve has announced previously that all Steam Machines will come bundled with at least one Steam Controller. According to Eric, Valve is unlikely to break that rule but it is still unclear whether it will allow third party Steam Machine makers to do so or not.
"Obviously we're just as eager as you are to get a Steam Machine in your hands," assured Eric. "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."