Valve Delays Steam Controller to 2015
Just when PC gamers were getting the next-gen controller experience that console gamers aren’t getting with their next-gen consoles, Valve told everyone to hold their horses. Valve updated the Steam Universe group with announcement that the Steam Controller won’t be publicly available until 2015.
The announcement said that wireless versions of the Steam Controller were currently in the midst of live playtesting “with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers.” However, Valve says that implementing feedback from these testers will take some time and have said that the likely release window has been pushed back to 2015.
The Steam Controller was unveiled as part of Valve’s three announcement series last September. The controller was the final announcement after the reveal of Steam OS and Steam Machines.
The additional changes to the Steam Controller would just be adding onto the other changes to the Steam Controller that have resulted from feedback since it was announced last fall. It was originally announced as having a touch screen at its centre but that has since been replaced by a more traditional cluster of buttons. The twin touchpads that are the hallmark features have remained, seemingly untouched, since the controllers reveal.
While I’m looking forward to seeing what the Steam Controller can actually do in the wild, it’s probably better that it’s done right rather than done fast. Too many things nowadays are done fast which sees the quality suffer. We might complain about delays in the games industry but sometimes it’s for the best. The company doing the delaying just has to come through in the end.