Steam Machines Don’t Worry Xbox Chief Product Officer
We’ve already heard Valve’s Gabe Newell express the fact that the company is not worried about Xbox One or having to catch up to its sales. Now, the chief product officer of Xbox has indirectly responded. However, it’s not to trade barbs but rather to suggest that neither will infract on the other and that consoles and Steam Machines can co-exist quite happily.
“I think there’s space for both,” Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten told Engadget when asked whether he views Valve’s Steam Machines as new competition in the living room, “I’m not sweating it.”
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“The last thing I’ll ever do in my entire life is get into a flame war with Gabe Newell. There’s no win in that,” Whitten joked in the interview, but later suggested that the Steam Machine and its Steam OS are not as user-friendly as the Xbox One. “When you get into that living room environment, you don’t want to spend any of your brain cells doing anything but being entertained,” he said. “I don’t want to work on it; I don’t want to feel like I have to know how it works.”
Whitten also expressed his excitement for the Crystal Cove prototype of the Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles and Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming service. He believes both can only grow the industry and hails it as a golden age of gaming.