According to a report today from GameSpot, Sony United Kingdom managing director Fergal Gara that though Sony doesn’t feel the PlayStation 4 should feel threatened by the SteamOS or Steam Machines, but the company needs to keep a vigilant eye on Valve and other up-and-coming console producers.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Gara said Valve’s announcements of the SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam Controller could prove a good example of some “broadside disruptive technologies” that Sony can’t afford to ignore.
“We can't afford to ignore it,” Gara said. “Steam is arguably the pre-eminent digital download service for gaming. So we'll watch it.”
Gara admitted he hasn’t had a chance to study the new products, but he did say Sony’s confidence hasn’t been shaken by Valve’s announcement.
Microsoft’s corporate vice president Phil Harrison said he was also still studying the Valve releases, but that he believes the company has been impressive.
“… Obviously we're going to be watching what they do with great interest," Harrison said.
The SteamOS will be available to gamers soon while Steam Machines should be unveiled sometime in 2014.