Microsoft’s Don Mattrick has dismissed the notion that Valve’s Steambox is competition for the company’s own Xbox platform.
Speaking at Microsoft’s TechForum, the Interactive Entertainment Business president simply answered, “no” when asked if Valve’s upcoming hardware was a threat, according to The Verge.
“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,” Mattrick elaborated, before clarifying his respect for Valve’s work.
“I love Gabe, I was there for his lifetime achievement award so it’s wonderful to see what they’re creating.”
Valve today announced that it intends to start providing Steam Box prototypes to customers within the next three to four months, though the company is finding the task of creating a powerful but compact and quiet gaming PC a challenge.
“The main thing that’s holding us up right now is we have a couple of different controller prototypes that we’re using,” Newell added in an interview with the BBC.
“And that’s one of things actually we’ll be giving to customers; we’ll just give them a couple of different ones and then actually look to see what the differences are in their play patterns when they have those different controllers.”