Harrison said he admires Valve, especially in creating the Steam platform, and they and Microsoft have a good relationship.
But with the Xbox One’s "business model, developer ecosystem and retail support," Harrison said he’s confident in the console’s success and thus doesn’t really feel threatened by the Steam Machines.
“It is unclear to me, until I see Valve’s product and understand all of their announcements, exactly what they are doing,” Harrison said.
Microsoft thus far has championed its digital development in terms of the Xbox One, including jumping on board the day-and-date digital release train and pushing using the cloud with gaming much like Steam.
But Harrison said the digital switch will be more like a “slow evolution, not a revolution.”
Harrison did point toward the Valve announcement as a sign that the epicenter of gaming more often than not starts with the living room, which he thinks creates the best gaming experiences.
“The biggest screen in the house connected to a sound system is the place where you are going to get the most amazing games. So in that way we are aligned,” Harrison said.