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Valve founder takes shot at Microsoft for Xbox One figures at International CES

Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich (left) looks on as Gabe Newell, co-founder of video game developer and distributor Valve, speaks during Krzanich's keynote address at the 2014 International CES at The Venetian Las Vegas on today.
Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich (left) looks on as Gabe Newell, co-founder of video game developer and distributor Valve, speaks during Krzanich's keynote address at the 2014 International CES at The Venetian Las Vegas on today.
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Valve founder Gabe Newell came out guns blazing during the International CES, according to a report today from VG 24/7, brushing aside the Microsoft’s announcement that the platform holder had sold 3 million Xbox One units by the end of 2013.

CVG reported that Newell, in a question and answer session during the Las Vegas trade show, shrugged off the Microsoft announcement when an audience member asked if Valve’s Steam Machines could reach similar milestones within the next year.

“Well, it'd take a while for them to catch up. I mean, we're at 65 million,” Newell said, jokingly referring to the number of Steam subscribers already in place.

Though he did not directly answer the question, Newell did say that he felt that Valve believes its heading in the right direction with the Steam Machines because it mutually benefits the consumers and developers.

“If I buy a game on Steam and am running it on Windows, I can go to one of the Steam Machines, and I already have the game,” Newell said. “So the benefit as a developer, you benefit as a consumer, having that PC experience extended into the living room.”

Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing, strategy and business for Xbox, made the announcement yesterday, saying that with the milestone the Xbox One has “ushered in a new era of games and entertainment.”

You can read that full Examiner report by clicking here.