Planning to get on board Valve's next-gen gaming PC revolution?
Looks like you'll have to wait a little longer. Valve has announced that it's currently making improvements to its Steam Controller, based on feedback from playtesters – but those improvements mean that "we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014."
Valve goes on to say that "we're just as eager as you are to get a Steam Machine in your hands," which seems to suggest that the release window for the Steam Machines themselves is tied in with the Steam Controller – and that you'll have to wait until 2015 for them, too.
Steam Machines are a range of PCs that run Valve's SteamOS and meet a set of standards laid down by the company; they're part of a push to move gaming PCs into the living room, where they'll compete with next-gen consoles like the Xbox One and Sony PS4.
The delay in getting Steam Machines to market is good news for Sony and Microsoft – it gives them a year to build traction behind their gaming consoles, while some Steam Machine hold-outs are sure to cave and pick up an Xbox One or PS4 rather than wait another year to get aboard the next-gen bandwagon. We'll be watching with interest – hopefully Steam Machines will bounce back from this setback.
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