We could get a first look at this year’s line of Steam machines within weeks. According to Polygon, Valve’s Doug Lombardi has confirmed that Steam machines will appear at this year’s Game Developers Conference, which is scheduled to kick off on March 2 in San Francisco.
The living-room-oriented gaming systems have been missing in action since last May, when Valve pushed their rollout from the original mid-2014 time frame into 2015.
The company appeared to pin the blame on the controller, whose dual-touchpad control scheme some users found difficult to master. Valve promised to make the controller “a lot better.” Since then, we’ve seen images of a revised model with an analog stick.
Faced with the delay, some of Valve’s partners released their Steam machines sans Steam OS last year. I’m guessing we’ll see some new models at GDC—and hopefully, those won’t wind up as pricier Windows machines in six months.