Microsoft watching what Valve does with Steam Machines, SteamOS, with “great interest”

Thursday, 26th September 2013 18:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Phil Harrison, corporate VP of Microsoft Europe, has said the company will be watching what Valve does regarding SteamOS and its Steam Machines with “great interest.”

Speaking with Eurogamer at the EG Expo today, Harrison said since the latest Steam Machine announcement was only yesterday, he will wait on forming an opinion until all the facts are released.

“Valve is a very impressive company, and obviously we’re going to be watching what they do with great interest,” he said. “I’m not going to speculate on what other companies may or may not be doing, [but] from our point of view, clearly, Xbox One is the best incarnation of [living room entertainment], but competition is good.

“I think the death of the video game console was prematurely announced. Clearly there is a lot of excitement around gaming in the living room on the biggest screen in the house, often times connected to a great sound system and creating that real intensely high quality game experience with a very powerful CPU and a very powerful GPU.”

Harrison went on to say that he was pleased Microsoft made the changes it did with Xbox One, because it allows consumers to enjoy the console “wherever they live and whatever the access they have to whatever kind of connectivity they have.”

Despite this, he believes digital is an “unstoppable force,” but for now, Microsoft will provide its consumers with a physical choice until the digital revolution is the only option available and infrastructure can catch up.

Xbox One will be available on November 22 in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and US. Many more markets will follow in 2014.



  1. pcbros

    “‘Valve is a very impressive company, and obviously we’re going to be watching what they do with great interest,’ he said. ‘I’m not going to speculate on what other companies may or may not be doing, [but] from our point of view, clearly, Xbox One is the best incarnation of [living room entertainment], but competition is good.’”

    Translated: “We think we got this, but we’re a little worried about what Valve is doing”

    EDIT: Stephany, you might want to edit one of your tags… you have “team Machines” instead of “Steam Machines” ;)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Arcnail

    Pretty sure Sony and Nintendo are keeping an eye on it as well. Its another living room console, would be foolish not to.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 Team Machines! We need to start a new group and call it that! :D

    #3 1 year ago
  4. DSB

    There’s gotta be tumblrs dedicated to Stephs typos by now :P

    I’m kinda pissed off that Phil Harrison actually said something that made sense. I got nothin’!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Diingo

    Valve is going to do what Google did to Android. We’re about to see a complete paradigm shift in the console/PC industry.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. yeoung

    Better take some notes too

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Unlimax

    Great interest = $$$$

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Francis O

    MS is spooked. They don’t have enough exclusive IPs to beat Steam. For me, the Steambox makes MS irrelevant as I can have cheaper games, free online, and service just as good as the Xbox One with the Steambox.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Dragon246

    Not happening. Valve cant do it.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. CyberMarco


    How are you sure that the SteamOS isn’t the next Android? Same thing was said regarding Google’s attempt to create an OS for smartphone and tablets.

    And yes I know, Google is huge compared to Valve, with millions of $$$ at its disposal. But Valve is huge in its camp too.

    Anyhow, waiting to get a better picture wouldn’t be bad.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    @5 and 10

    Google came in the mobile OS market when the options were iOS or whatever the mobile manufacturers made for an OS. It was easy for them to get in the market because there was no competition outside Apple. WIth Valve there is a lot of competition that is why they are aiming at linux users, people curious about PC gaming but don’t have a console, or steam loyalists. They are trying to carve a market only at a very small and steady pace because they can’t directly compete with SOny,MS,Nintendo.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Djoenz

    Perhaps Valve hasnt have the same amount of resources as Google?

    Steambox defeating Windows would be the best thing ever, but its too ambitious especially at this early stage.

    I am interested in a steambox console so come one Valve show me an affordable box!

    #12 1 year ago
  13. livewired500

    This translates into: Valve will use our OS to stream to its box. We need to A. figure out a way to close it off or B. figure out a way to do the same to our machine.

    More likely A.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. dkpunk

    @11 well said.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. pcbros

    It would be foolish to rule out Valve based on pure speculation.

    Even Microsoft knows this could be a *potential* threat.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Edo

    In translation…”shit just got real!”

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Lengendaryboss

    #17 1 year ago
  18. fearmonkey

    I think everything Valve is doing is great :) MS has neglected the PC space in favor of the Xbox and now Valve is going to pump more time and energy into it.

    This is great for PC games to have any interest or concern from MS, as they have pretty much done nothing in the PC gaming space for a long time.
    This might get MS to actually innovate again in PC gaming.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. pcbros

    @18 – Exactly. The fact that Halo was a PC/Xbox game and they eventually decided to make it exclusive to Xbox shows how little they care about PC gaming (even though we are running their OS).

    Microsoft has no reason to make Windows the ultimate gaming OS (they want people to buy the Xbox for gaming), which is why I think SteamOS could easily become the better platform for gaming.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Kreion


    The Steambox won’t ever ‘defeat Windows’ it’s just not possible. It may become a dominant gaming platform (Though I doubt it, right now it seems like it won’t solve any problems with consoles already have and has the additional problem of the control method) but Windows is not exclusively a gaming platform. It does many other things and runs many other programs, which the SteamOS just won’t.

    Still, it’ll be interesting to see how valve are going to tackle the problems with these kinds of systems, particularly the price.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Old MacDonald

    There was a time where everyone thought Microsoft were mad when they were talking about breaking into the console market. The market is actually way more open in 2014 than it was back then. We’re basically starting from scratch with a new generation. The Wii U is a bust, nobody are quite sure about Microsoft and the only real player seems to be Sony. At the same time everyone’s expecting Apple and Google to make a move for the living room. Whatever happens, it’ll be interesting and I certainly wouldn’t count Valve out.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. pcbros

    @21 – I’m expecting Google and Apple to make devices that allow you to play your iOS/Android games in the living room.

    I say, let everyone come and compete. Competition = happy gamers.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. pukem0n

    people really think Steam on the TV is going to be something?

    Madness ^^

    #23 1 year ago
  24. smoke.tetsu

    Apple already allows one to stream iOS games to their AppleTV. The only thing that is missing is enabling apps on there. Which btw, would probably just be iOS apps.. not android.

    #24 1 year ago

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