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May 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Valve Steam Machines delayed until 2015

The ambitious new Steam Machine game hardware being developed by Bellevue game giant Valve is taking longer than expected to finish.

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Valve quietly disclosed today that it’s no longer expecting to begin selling Steam Machines later this year, the schedule announced in January at the Consumer Electronics Show.

“Realistically, we’re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014,” the company said in a post on its Steam community site.

More work needs to be done on wireless game controllers that are the cornerstone of the platform. Testing of the devices is generating “a ton of useful feedback” and “keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements,” the company’s post said.

Valve has lined up computer makers to build a range of console-like Steam Machine living-room computers based on a tweaked version of Linux running a Steam operating system. The systems will be playable with Valve-designed controllers and access the huge library of games on Valve’s Steam service, which has more than 65 million users.

But first the company has to get the game controllers sorted out.

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