Steam Machine consoles delayed until 2015

28 May 2014

One of the most anticipated pieces of gaming hardware – Valve’s Steam Machine – has officially been delayed until 2015 at the earliest, according to the company.

The company has issued a statement about the delay, blaming it on the need to further develop the controllers to come with the gaming console, claiming they are in the middle of testing new prototypes of the wireless controllers.

The team from Valve posted the statement in response to users of their online games platform Steam asking about the progress of the Steam Machines.

What differs the Steam Machines from other established consoles, such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is that it will not be manufactured as one console, but rather as a number of different models which will vary depending on the player’s demands in terms of gaming, whether that be a less powerful casual console or a high-performance larger machine.

A number of established gaming hardware manufacturers, including Dell’s Alienware Digital Storm and Alternate, have signed deals to make their own boxes running the future OS and will be compatible with the wireless controllers once they pass testing.

The company behind some of the most popular PC gaming titles, including Half Life, Dota2 and Team Fortress 2 is also developing its own operating system based off the Linux model, to be known as SteamOS aimed particularly at gamers.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic