With the recent news of Steam Machines coming to home living rooms sometime next year, the industry has received its fourth competitor in an already extremely competitive hardware race between Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and now Valve.
In a report from VG24/7 today, Phil Harrison, who is the corporate VP of Microsoft Europe, talked about Valve as a company and expressed their impending focus on Steam Machines.
"Valve is a very impressive company, and obviously we’re going to be watching what they do with great interest. I’m not going to speculate on what other companies may or may not be doing, [but] from our point of view, clearly, Xbox One is the best incarnation of [living room entertainment], but competition is good.
"I think the death of the video game console was prematurely announced.
"Clearly there is a lot of excitement around gaming in the living room on the biggest screen in the house, often times connected to a great sound system and creating that real intensely high quality game experience with a very powerful CPU and a very powerful GPU," Harrison said.
There will definitely be a lot of hardware variety once the Xbox One and PS4 have been released, but then of course there are the Steam Machines that will hit retailers next year. While many Steam Machine details are still extremely scarce at this time, we will certainly start to learn more about these systems soon enough.