During an interview with Alienware’s Joe Olmsted, the development and planning manager not only confirmed that Australians would be getting their hands on Steam’s fabled controller soon, but he also announced a window when that would happen.
Olmsted’s been down in Australia for several weeks. In an interview with me, he jokingly said he’d spent a large part of that trying to understand why Australia was such a valuable market for Alienware, a market that Alienware is now trying to tap with their Steam Machines and Alpha computers.
That’s what he was here to discuss and the Alienware Alpha is already available now. The Steam machines are being made available to the United States in November, but we aren’t getting those because Valve was working on the regulatory wireless process and Australia “is after the United States”, according to Olmsted.
“The Alienware Steam Machine when it ships in Australia will include the Valve controller,” he added, clarifying that the Valve controller was identical to the one that Valve won’t let Australians pre-order right now.
Those Steam machines are shipping in the first quarter of next year, although Olmsted wouldn’t pin down precisely when that was happening.
There’s a fairly big difference between launching in January compared to March, but at least someone, somewhere has put a timeline on what is happening with the Steam Controller and when it’ll be made available in Australia. And if Alienware are able to push out machines to retail with the Steam Controller, it’s not too hard to imagine that Valve might start shipping them to gamers directly.