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Valve unfazed by Xbox One sales: “It’d take a while for them to catch up”

Valve has dismissed the Xbox One sales figures saying it isn’t threatened by Microsoft’s next-generation console.

Speaking at Valve’s CES 2014 press conference, Valve founder Gabe Newell said he isn’t worried about the potential threat to Steam Machines posed by the Xbox One.

“Well, it’d take a while for them to catch up. I mean we’re at 65 million,” said Newell.

Microsoft recently announced that 2013 Xbox One sales topped 3 million worldwide in the month and a half since it launched.

Despite the impressive sales figures, Newell outlined that Steam, SteamOS and the upcoming range of Steam Machines will have a key advantage over the PS4 and Xbox One when they arrive later in 2014.  

“Part of why we think that this is the right direction to go in is that we can benefit from everything that people have already done. 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.”

Unlike the backwards compatibility issues with the PS4 and Xbox One, Steam Machines and gaming PCs will have interchangeable titles that won’t force gamers to re-purchase all their favourite games for SteamOS devices.

“So the benefit as a developer, you benefit as a consumer, having that PC experience extended into the living room.”

At CES, Valve also announced 13 Steam Machine partners, which included companies like Alienware. One of the first Steam Machine prices was also revealed to TrustedReviews, with the Scan NC10 Steam Machine to cost £699.

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