Submitted by HyperBear 774d ago | news

Microsoft's head of Xbox doesn't see Valve as a competitor

Valve is preparing to enter the console market with its "Steam Box" gaming hardware, but Microsoft doesn't consider it as a competitor just yet. Speaking at Microsoft's TechForum this week, Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business, fielded questions about the strategy for Xbox and its competition. Asked about viewing Valve as a competitor, Mattrick simply said "no" before noting Valve is "doing some innovative stuff" and creating some great experiences. "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," noted Mattrick. (Industry, Microsoft, Next-Gen, Steam)

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Root  +   774d ago

Déjà vu...right

Like when Sony didn't see Microsoft as a competitor or threat when they entered the console market

Be careful what you say Microsoft...anything could happen
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joab777  +   774d ago
They have been a competitor on pc for a long time now. Many ppl have moved from consoles to pc and steam. Now they are taking that to the living room.

Its a very arrogant statement coming from a console that needs a big showing for next gen. The last 2 yrs havnt exactly been inspiring for the hardcore base. Either that, or has been written, Nintendo is their new competition for the casual a motion control audience.
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r1sh12  +   774d ago
i think this also depends on how valve market the steambox..
Whether it is a console more than a 'PC'.
Marketing will have more to do with this and the games that release with the steam box,

Im sure MS thought the interactive entertainment business would not be hurt by the Ipad but the Ipad is the reason for the reduction of PC and laptop sales..
It potentially could harm the gaming market too (maybe not now but in the near future).
Gildarts  +   774d ago
If they keep selling games for dirtcheap prices with the console then they are definitely a threat. Microsoft should not take them lightly.
LAZL0-Panaflex  +   774d ago
Agreeed. Im gettin ps4 and steambox this time around and skipping wii u and xbox 3....so i would say if steambox didnt come and ps4 was still a cell chip with low ram i wouldve gotten the xbox 3. So tecnically steambox is a competition if its stealing customers from microsoft.

Last gen igot all three...but now ps4 is more like a pc with alot of ram with their bad ass game line up and i can play the 3rd party games that wont be shitty ports. I wantsteambox for steam and to play all the old pc games.
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stage88  +   774d ago
Don Mattrick - The slimiest guy in the video game business.

This guy just has a face you want to punch and has the charm of a greasy used car salesman. Back on topic, don't write valve off just yet, wait and see.
AdmiralSnake  +   774d ago
Yeah but...they Microsoft didn't even put a dent into Sony during the PS2 era at all. They wasn't any competition to Sony and that's a fact.

NOW ? Yeah they are, although it's Sony mistake and arrogance beginning of this Console cycle which put Microsoft where they are now, So I agree and disagree with your statement.

Microsoft Arrogance can do the same like it did to sony.
Derekvinyard13  +   774d ago
I thought Microsoft liked valve
Root  +   774d ago
After their new relationship with Sony and Steamworks for Portal 2....I'm afraid that "relationship" has come to an end
TheDivine  +   773d ago
Root I wouldn't count on any Valve games on Sony consoles. Why would they sell their games on another console after they launch theirs?
Gamer1982  +   773d ago
Looking at rumored prices of steam box I cant see it touching console audience. Its gonna be premium PC market price (£700+) and thats a small market. Most those gamers also like to build there own systems so I feel Valve will fail. Shame as when I first heard of STEAM Box I was hoping for a cheap PC but it wasn't to be.
BigStef71  +   774d ago
Don Mattrick is the reason why the 360 went casual while abandoning the hardcore fanbase in the process. You can thank him for Kinect existing. This guy does not belong in the video game industry because all he cares about is gimmicks. Xbox had its best years was when J Allard was in charge. That guy was the man
BlueTemplar  +   774d ago
Completely agree - Allard and Peter Moore did great things for the xbox, things seemed to take a massive slide in the wrong direction (for me at least) when this guy took over.
BigStef71  +   773d ago
Exactly!!! I have always felt uncomfortable with this guy ever since he took over lol
cervantes99  +   774d ago
Agreed! The first couple of years were FANTASTIC on Xbox. The last couple? I could so care less.

Microsoft will have to give me (a member of the Hardcore) a reason to care again.

Translation - original and exciting IPs with no word of Kinect anywhere on the box. Otherwise, I'll just stay with PS4 only next gen.
BigStef71  +   773d ago
Yea it was awesome to own a 360 for the first half of the consoles life but as soon as they stopped supporting the hardcore I switched to playstation which was the greatest decision of my life lol
HyperBear  +   774d ago
I agree, at least for me anyways, watching Peter Moore go on stage at Xbox Press Conferences was awesome. The way he commanded himself and spoke about developers and partnerships and showing off new and exciting games, and also throwing jabs at the competetion (Refers to E3 2006 at Sony, lol).

I was actually shocked when it was 2 weeks after E3 2007 that he announced he left Microsoft for EA Sports, and ever since then, Xbox hasn't been the same (led to J. Allard and Robbie Bach eventually leaving as well)
BigStef71  +   773d ago
Peter Moore is the man as well. That guy is one of the reasons the Dreamcast was awesome. He had my respect from his tenure at Sega but his great work at Microsoft made the hardcore want to own a 360 because the system was getting supported with exclusives at that time unlike the ps3(which is funny because the ps3 eventually became the hardcore gaers system which I am proud to own now lol). So basically once that trio of Moore , Allard , and Bach left the 360 went downhill from there no doubt in y mind
shut your face Troll
Is it the right thing to do? definitely not but all the game industry now is about capitalism which is a sad thing because the quality in titles from AAA publishers is starting to show a decline. So with that said as gamers we should decide with our own money that we have no interest in the yearly milked sequels but that we want and deserve fresh new IP's. Also about switching consoles I was just suggesting if they actually cared they would support the hardcore but thats probably not going to happen which is disappointing. That's fine with me because I switched to Playstation a few years ago for good:)
ALLWRONG  +   774d ago
You PS3 fans would know about core games, after all the PS3 hasn't had any since 2011.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   774d ago
Starhawk, Twisted Metal, Journey, PSA Battle Royal, and Ni no Kuni all say hi.


lol you trying to say Starhawk, TM, Journey and Ni no Kuni are made for the masses? If so then you fail.
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Gamer1982  +   773d ago
Money talks though.. Those so called hardcore fans stuck around and most will probably buy the new xbox and the casual direction MS took brought in a new audience. So do you think MS really cares about Hardcore gamers? NO as they know you will stick around for Halo, Forza and Gears and a bit of exclusive DLC. You moan about it being crap yet continue to buy MS console. Gamers have all the power in the industry NOT Microsoft NOT Sony and certainly not Nintendo as we are the ones buying the consoles. If your unhappy with the decisions and where your consoles headed go to another console. I did and never looked back. I'm not mainly a PC gamer..
thebudgetgamer  +   774d ago
He better be carefull, I'm already eying Steam Box more that the next Microsoft console.
TongkatAli  +   774d ago
Remember Microsofts comments about the Iphone when it came out ? Yeah, Microsoft isn't good at reading the future.
majiebeast  +   774d ago
Steam offers a better service for free then xboxlive and has as much third party support so what does Microsoft have that steam doesnt besides some exclusives like Halo,Forza and Gears?

If i was Microsoft i wouldnt take the steambox lightly.
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MakiSaad2  +   774d ago
Valve has Half-Life and they can make left 4 dead an exclusive as well so microsoft should be worried about their future market share in the US
Neko_Mega  +   774d ago
So we are going to start seeing alot of Valve's games on every other console but Microsoft's now? Because they can do that if they want and it be a dumb move of Microsoft to be full of themself to thinks they be ok without them.
cervantes99  +   774d ago
I would prefer if Valve and Sony could work something out that Steam was on PS4 - instead of a dedicated steam box. Hardware wise, it should be possible I would think.

Just wishful thinking I guess.
2pacalypsenow  +   774d ago
Since 2003 when has steam been a competitor to Consoles From Ms and Sony ? when they announce a little PC ? what about all of those people who say
"Oo I game on my couch on my pc just like a console @1080p maxed out on my $20 computer blah blah blah" The steam box wont change a damn thing in the console landscape quote me on that.
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HiddenMission  +   774d ago
Image if Half Life, Portal and Left for Dead were exclusive to Steambox and any other new IP's they come up with...yeah those are big titles and could change the playing field for the big 3 and potentially disrupt Apple for getting into living rooms 1st.
Crazay  +   774d ago
WHat I'd really like to know is what does this mean for Valve games on consoles like Xbox/PS in the next few years. Are we shit out of luck because that would be a terrible shame to see Left 4 Dead 3 (if they ever make it) not on the Xbox. That title is still in my system all this time after the original release.
1nsomniac  +   774d ago
Then he's either stupid or a liar!
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GreenRanger  +   774d ago
He's a stupid liar!
nigelp520  +   774d ago
Microsoft "COULD" be better than Valve game wise
SkullBlade169  +   774d ago
With what, Halo? lol
nigelp520  +   774d ago
I meant Microsoft could of had a 1st party juggernaut if played their cards right such as buying Bioware

Mass Effect
Crimson Skies
Project Gotham Racing
Brute Force
Dragon Age
Rare Games
MakiSaad2  +   774d ago
Half-Life owns halo anytime any day
Saryk  +   774d ago
I didn't think that the Steambox would be a competitor. But since MS Xbox said it isn't, now I think it will be.

What surprises me is that people think that there can't be good systems in the market that do well.
KrisButtar  +   774d ago
MS has now belittled all of the next-gen consoles from Nintendo, Sony and Valve.

first there was the "Wii U is basically an Xbox 360"

then the "European gamers won't know about the PS4 announcement"

and now this.
Brucis  +   774d ago
I don't really know what the deal with the Steambox is. Where does it fit in? If it has exclusives that cuts out the PC fanbase that supported Valve all these years. For just a little extra more you could get a decent-to-good gaming PC. That just leaves playing console multiplats and PC games, which isn't as big of a deal as you'd think considering many multiplats end up on PC anyways. Everybody's excited for this thing and has faith in Valve, which I understand, but at times it seems like I'm the only one who wonders 'Sounds great, but what does it do? Why should I buy this?'
Half-Mafia  +   774d ago
MS makes Windows and yet Steam killed Games for Windows.
josephayal  +   774d ago
This is a bad step for Valve
psn_arakouftaian  +   774d ago
Obviously Valve is not a thread to all the app next box will have..
Steam box will be more gamer focus and next box will not.
PS4isKing_82  +   774d ago
Microsoft is a joke.
RTheRebel  +   774d ago
you being a fanboy is a joke
ylwzx3  +   774d ago
Let me mention Games For Windows.... Moving on.
mochachino  +   774d ago
I forgot, MS is going after the Angry Birds market.

And all those people that don't play games at all, they want all the non-gaming TV watchers too in order to become the ultimate entertainment box.

Hopefully, in trying to win everything they don't lose everything.
azshorty2003  +   774d ago
And its that kind of arrogance that cost Sony during the PS3 launch. And while they're doing great not, it took them several years to recover.
dcbronco  +   774d ago
I love the way Valve sells games. I'm not sure how they plan to do the Steambox yet. But if they plan to make it a system with set parts that get a re-fresh every five years they will quickly find themselves in trouble. Unless they plan to go with slightly above average hardware. Getting involved with some parts makers can be a --tch if you don't own the parts. So unless they plan to start designing chips(a ton of money) or buying the rights to older parts, they might run into some problems.

Intel and Nvidia might be more cooperative now though.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   774d ago
I don't see Valve as much of competitor to any of the big 3 right now to be honest. Definitely need to see what Valve's gameplan is with the steambox is gonna be before I can accurately judge though.
Max-Zorin  +   774d ago
Seriously Microsoft need to stop being Android 17 arrogant. It will only backfire.

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