Valve announced last year that they would entering the console market to compete directly with Sony and Microsoft. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show a large array of Steam Machines are being shown off. Some will arrive sooner and some later, but there’s no denying that they all aim to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One for your living room space.
Perhaps in an attempt kill Steam Machine momentum, Microsoft announced yesterday that the Xbox One had sold 3 million units by the end of 2013. Sony has not yet unveiled updated sales data for the PS4.
So, what does Valve think of this? Well in a Q&A session at CES 14 an audience member asked him for his opinion. He responded, ““Well, it’d take a while for them to catch up. I mean, we’re at 65 million.” This number was confirmed last year, impressive but well behind the likes of PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
It’s going to be a while before we can judge whether the Steam Machines will be a threat to Sony and Microsoft’s consoles. In essence, Steam Machines are just PCs put in a shell that can easily connect to your TV and be put in your entertainment center. We’ll just have to wait and see, but nobody can deny that PS4 and Xbox One have strong momentum that Valve will have to replicate if it wants their machines to be successful.