According to a report from PC Gamer, a source at PAX East has told the publication that Steam's new controller isn't going to hit the market until October at the earliest, with it potentially not landing until November.
The controller, set to be one of the major selling points of the forthcoming Steam Machine revolution, has already undergone several revisions since it was first unveiled, with the latest doing away with the touch interface shown off by earlier models, and looking a lot more traditional in its layout - albeit without the traditional analog sticks that have become synonymous with gaming in the past decade.
The Steam Machines themselves, despite receiving a big push at this year's CES, are unlikely to ship without the controller, so it looks as though the hotly anticipated hardware debut for Steam OS could be a ways off yet. The good news, if you could call it that given the disappointment of the devices seemingly being so far off, is that an ever increasing number of titles will support Steam OS, with the projected launch figure sitting at around 500 (382 have been officially confirmed to date).
We've had the chance to get hands on with one of the earlier prototypes of the Steam Controller, and it was certainly very impressive, although we could foresee some issues for players with smaller hands, but the new revision is starting to look a lot more like a finished product, even going so far as to feature visual embelishments typically reserved for final or next-to-final designs.
If only we didn't have to wait so long...