Mattrick still views Sony, Nintendo, Apple and Google as main threat
Microsoft president of interactive entertainment business Don Mattrick has said he does not view Valve as a competitor, according to The Verge.
Mattrick said, “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 made the comments at Microsoft’s TechForum on strategies for the Xbox and its competition. Despite dismissing Valve as a threat, the Microsoft boss expressed great respect for the company’s co-founder Gabe Newell.
“I love Gabe, I was there for his lifetime achievement award so it’s wonderful to see what they’re creating,” he added.
Mattrick also said that Microsoft would continue with its selective curation policy for the Xbox.
He continued, “There’s a certain level of technical and production competency that people have to get through because we’re trying to curate great experiences. 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’s reluctance to fully embrace third parties on the Xbox seems to differ to Valve’s position. At the beginning of the year, Valve unveiled details on its long-rumored Steam Box. Valve stated that it would be developing and selling its own Steam Box directly to customers. At the same time, partners would also develop other pieces of hardware – such as Xi3′s mini PC the Piston – which will support its digital distribution platform Steam.
The Half-Life developer has been busy attempting to make PCs more viable to use in the living room. Steam’s Big Picture Mode, which allows PC games to work better with a television and controller, was launched late last year as part of that program.
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