Xbox Product Chief Is Not So Worried About Upcoming Steam Machines And Oculus Rift

In an interview to Engadget, Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten said that he not worried about the upcoming wave of steam machines or the new technologies like Oculus Rift. In fact, he revealed that he is more really excited about these on what they mean for the game industry as a whole which he loves.

“This is literally the most golden of golden ages that I’ve ever seen around gaming,” Whitten told us in an interview this week at CES 2014. “I think this is what makes gaming great. And you love seeing the passion of seeing someone like Palmer [Luckey] and those guys at Oculus. And seeing someone like John Carmack get on and really be focused on it is great. I don’t know how it could be anything but good.”

When asked about whether Steam machines will take over Xbox One sales, he reminded us that the market is so big that it can accommodate other new kinds of players. He also kind of placed steam machines in a different product group from Xbox and PS4, he continues to think that as PC gaming. Read the full interview from the link below.

On Wednesday, Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer for Xbox, and on Tuesday, Albert Penello, Senior Director of Product Management and Planning at Xbox, participated in two industry panels at CES 2014.  Watch both panels – “Next-Gen Game Consoles: The Only Set-Top Box You’ll Ever Need” with Marc, and “Five Trends Driving the Future of Gaming” with Albert – on CEA’s Website.

Source: Engadget, Xbox Wire

  • Jack

    Amm it is still actually Pc gaming
    I agree with him :)
    Master Race shall rise agian :p !

  • Asgard

    I understand why Valve is doing this it but i dont understand what is the market segment they try to attract. X1 and PS4 as high end consoles are very cheap and mature platforms. PC gamers on the other hand are all about AAA titles which is a business all about DirectX and Windows.
    I’m not surprised their lauch partners were all small companies except for Alienware which is owned by Dell these days.

    • Emi the Strange

      lets put it this way… you wont get EA titles on steam OS, and you wont get Blizzard titles like diablo3 or world of Warcraft.
      and of course you wont get a lot of mmorpgs like elsword, Aion, Guildwars, and well hundred of hundred games. what about emulators? I like what ggpo and supercade have done, of course there wont be a version for steam OS.
      so if you can run the “same content” and so much more in a Windows OS machine, you can cheaply buy the same way as these steamboxes (unles you install Windows on it) I cant understand who would want to buy this thing, only Microsoft haters and stupid steam lovers… but oh well.

      • Asgard

        Yeah plus the cost of Windows (based on most expensive license $200 and 3 years average release cycle) is less than $1,3/week. Not too much for AAA-gaming plus a lot more in my opinion. And of course normal people don’t buy the most expensive retail package so the real cost is half of 1/3 or that.

  • Guest

    But let’s remember Microsoft “wasn’t so worried” about iPhone or iPad at first…

    • Emi the Strange

      that comparison is stupid… im sorry but Microsoft already have a console, iPhone and iPad was a different things since there was no Windows Phone or Windows 8/RT. so please fine a better comparison… also you can run more games in a windows PC than a stream machine, its not like steam OS is unique or the best thing for gamers.