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Submitted by Tolkoto 265d ago | interview

Microsoft weighs in on Valve's living room strategy (interview)

GamesBeat: When game publisher Valve originally announced its plans to create a console for the living room space, Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison said the company would “be watching what they do with great interest.” Now that the company behind the Steam digital distribution platform and community has shown off Steam Machines, Steam OS, and Steam Controllers -- a platform based on the open-source operating system Linux -- we went to Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer to see what the PC giant thought about this challenge to not just to Windows but the Xbox as well. (Industry, Microsoft, PC, Phil Spencer, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

JeffGrubb  +   265d ago
Man, trying to go head-to-head with Steam seems like a bad idea.
ATiElite  +   265d ago
Yeh because you will only end up being "STEAM-Rolled"
kenthegreat1  +   265d ago
Anyone remember those leaked internal Xbox/Kinect/Windows documents from last year about the Xbox roadmap through 2015?

Who wants to bet that's still a thing that's happening?
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jounceman  +   265d ago
Valve is very smart and Steam is a tough customer to crack. Not even Origin can compete. They had to forcefully pull their games just to get people to join.
kenthegreat1  +   265d ago
Also, Half Life 3 isn't real.
Sadie2100  +   265d ago
I'm surprised anyone from Microsoft addressed this at all!
jounceman  +   265d ago
If someone asks about it, they have to respond.

It's like an underdog talking about his overpowered/favored opponent...so..if you're going to say anything, you better make sure you say something nice.
andrewsqual  +   265d ago
And not ONCE did the phrase "Games for Windows Live" come up because, lets admit it, THAT is what they have to compare to Steam in the last 7 years.
jounceman  +   265d ago
The closest he came to mentioning it was when he admitted that Windows Gaming should have been built like Steam...
Saryk  +   265d ago
I noticed that also. I was wondering where the GFWL was going to creep in. Glad he didn't BS.
Letros  +   265d ago
I wouldn't switch to SteamOS from Windows on my main PC, but I'll love having SteamOS on a satellite PC to stream from, best of both worlds really.
ATiElite  +   265d ago
SteamOs is a GAME first OS that will allow you to do other cool PC related things as well but GAMING comes first.

Unlike Windows which is mutitasking first gaming second and Devs have reached a point where Windows/DirectX is a PAIN as Devs see room for LARGE improvments.

SteamOS is that improvement as it focuses on Low level API Gaming.

Sure I'm not gonna dump Windows completely for SteamOS but Steam OS will allow BETTER gaming performance than DirectX

Valve are beyond smart I'm positive SteamOS will allow you to dual boot windows for Non gaming stuff or whatever.

SteamOS, AMD Mantle, Soon Nvidia ? are Low Level gaming Api's that Devs want to use because they provide so many more tools and better performance than Directx/opengl

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