If you were anticipating a Steam controller this year, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Specifically, another year.
That’s the latest word from Steam controller manufacturer Valve, who says that, despite their desire to usher the controller onto the market, 2015 looks to be a better time to release the new gaming accessory. The Steam controller will operate with the Steam machine, a device that allows you to stream your PC game content onto your big, living room TV screen without compromising the games you love or the experience you crave. “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,” wrote Valve employee Eric Hope.
Valve’s new Steam controller has substituted the traditional joystick controller layout for rounded circles instead, and its contemporary look has received mixed reactions among avid gamers. Valve opened up its Steam controller and Machine experiment to avid gamers as of last Fall, and gamers get to test out the prototype versions of both the Steam controller and Machine – posting feedback in Valve’s Steam Universe forums. The company has received a lot of positive feedback and will need another year to take advantage of its successful prototype testing. Updating the Steam community on the advancement of its testing, the company said that “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.”
Valve’s approach is smart. In a world where many experiments are released too early and go wrong, Valve’s taking a more cautious approach. Slow and steady often wins the race.