A post on the Verge from yesterday relays comments from Microsoft’s Don Mattrick, the president of the company’s Interactive Entertainment Business, who said that Valve’s forthcoming Steam Box isn’t really a competitor against his company’s Xbox line of consoles.
Speaking at the Microsoft TechForum earlier this week, Mattrick was replying to a question as to whether or not Microsoft sees Valve as a competitor. His answer, in a word, was “no.”
“The scale of products and things that are being brought to market are probably a little bit richer when I look at Sony, Nintendo, Apple, and Google.”
“I love Gabe [Newell, Valve's managing director],” added Mattrick, “I was there for his lifetime achievement award so it’s wonderful to see what they’re creating.”
It’s a curious position to take in many ways, but until Valve actually produces something resembling a prototype—along with specs, release date, and price—he’s not altogether wrong. Valve has yet to release anything that even resembles an Xbox, whereas all the other companies he listed are already in the hardware-making space.
On the other hand, considering where Microsoft came from—a software maker that jumped into the hardware game by way of its large stores of capital—it is a little odd for Microsoft to not really entertain the notion that Valve might be able to out Xbox the Xbox.
After all, when the original Xbox was first rumored, most gamers thought it would just be another Phillips CD-I or a Panasonic 3DO, or some other failed piece of gaming hardware that couldn’t stand up to Nintendo and Sega. Now Sony and Microsoft are battling it out, with Nintendo still looking to grab its former gaming dominance. Is it really so crazy to think that Valve could jump in too? Given how successful the company’s been with Steam and its own game franchises, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Steam Box gives consoles a run for their money. Of course, until we see something for sure, we’ll just have to wait and see…
Via The Verge