Microsoft doesn’t consider Valve a competitor in the living room space just yet

Tuesday, 5th March 2013 18:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft’s president of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick, has said the firm’s doesn’t consider Valve a competitor despite the firm readying a living room system of its own.

Speaking during the firm’s Verge-attended TechForum Mattrick admitted that while Valve is “doing some innovative stuff,” he feels Apple, Google, Nintendo, and Sony products coming to market are “a little bit richer” than Valve’s Steam Box.

“I love Gabe, I was there for his lifetime achievement award so it’s wonderful to see what they’re creating,” he said adding that he doesn’t see Microsoft adopting Valve’s open platform policies on its own Xbox consoles.

“There’s a certain level of technical and production competency that people have to get through because we’re trying to curate great experiences,” said Mattrick. “We’re trying to make sure that what exists upon our service on our system is done to a quality level and has interest for people who are likely to use it.”

Microsoft is rumored to be revealing its next Xbox console next month on April 26.



  1. ps3fanboy

    thats correct Don Mattrick dont consider none as a competitor before they bite Microsoft in the ass. hahahha…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. BlockheadBrown

    Microsoft is in Stage 1 of the Kübler-Ross model. ;)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. mreko3230

    Its about branding and name recognition. I could go to the mall and ask 100 people what the “Steam Box” is and I’d be lucky to get one person to tell me what it was, but just about everyone knows what a “XBOX” or a “Playstation” is (even if they don’t play or own one). No console launch goes off without a few 100 hitches. This time around? No, its not a competitor. But, it’s model might be the future of gaming.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Kabby

    They (Steam) should have made themselves a bigger deal in the mobile gaming scene to garner mind share within the casuals.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. nollie4545

    LOLz at MS. Typical monopolistic dinosaur thinking. Just get back to peddling your console and over-priced OS you goons. I quite like the Steam offer, and I like how it is not emblazoned on TV or with massive media campaigns trying to sell itself. Instead Steam just ticks along quietly, being progressive and fair to new developers, encouraging the community to forge its own gaming marketplace, look at how steam has altered in the time it has been going. The best kept secret in gaming today, In my view, Steam is the biggest thing to happen in video game history and one of valves greatest achievements. No restriction on which OS or hardware you can use, no restriction by country, no stupid limitations on where you can install games to, and best of all, millions of like minded people in a marketplace receptive to indie and small never heard of developers who will never see the light of day on MS’s console. If Steam can give me a replacement operating system withautomatic updates and total drive support, I would use it and scrub W7 tomorrow.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Diingo

    Valve should make their own version of Linux called “Steam OS”. I would definitely install it and support them because it’s clear that Microsoft has no idea where Windows is going next. We need a new innovator in the computer world that can help guide us to a better way of innovating.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. _LarZen_

    Microsoft is continuing to be a dick…sorry for the language. But I am starting to disslike MS just more and more.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    @3, nobody knows what unannounced hardware is? Shocker.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. mkotechno

    Yeah, Sega and Nintendo didn’t consider Sony a competitor in late 90s, then Sony was the king of videogames for a decade… Sega died and Nintendo almost disappeared.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. nollie4545

    Has Valve announced what hardware they are going to offer?

    They could put a very potent little Mini ATX system together in a box, bundle it with their own OS and gaming interface, and it could work very very well, giving as good or better graphics than either new console whilst being totally uncontrolled by either MS or Sony.

    Maybe this is the console to vote for?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Francis O

    Where’s the proof that Nintendo almost disappeared? Nintendo has won every single handheld generation to date. With the Gameboy color destroying the sales charts. Nintendo was never even close to “disappearing”.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    @11 – Is it hard to breathe with your head so far up Miyamoto’s ass?

    #12 2 years ago
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    #13 2 years ago

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