Sony says it "can't afford" to ignore Valve

UK managing director Fergal Gara says PlayStation maker not rattled by Valve's recent announcements, but will keep an eye on goings-on at Half-Life studio.

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Last week, Valve announced SteamOS, Steam Machines, and a Steam Controller. None of these announcements have rattled Sony, but that doesn't mean the PlayStation maker isn't keeping an eye on what the Half-Life studio is up to.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Sony United Kingdom managing director Fergal Gara labelled Valve's announcements as potentially "disruptive technologies." He said it is important for Sony not only to keep tabs on Valve, but also other companies as well.

"In this market you've always got to expect some broadside disruptive technologies to come along, and it seems like a potentially good example of that," Gara said. "I haven't had a chance to study it in much detail. What I would say is, I don't think anything about it is significantly rattling our confidence at this point in time and what we're doing as PlayStation. We have to keep an eye on Valve and many other competitors."

"We can't afford to ignore it. Steam is arguably the pre-eminent digital download service for gaming. So we'll watch it," he added.

Sony is not the only platform holder keeping an eye on Valve's announcements. Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison said last week that the Xbox maker is watching what Valve does "with great interest."

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288 comments
telaros
telaros

It's cool guys, not like PS3 game developers are releasing PS3 exclusive games onto—oh, fuck...

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

In other words, Sony will be watching Valve to see what they can rip off. *looks at the PlayStation Move* They can eye Valve all they want, but if all they do is try to emulate them they'll fail to learn the lesson of competition.

Max42
Max42

this is a good thing we will gain from this when companies compete more for our dollar we win we should look at this as a positive direction

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Steam is what Sony's Gaikai service will become. SO they are adversaries in that way.  

Valve feels the heat of the consoles and Sony in that they will get more PC games and PC exclusives will soon be a thing of the past, as they head to consoles. 

Sony and Valve can aid each other in the advance of Open source software, like Linux, and Open GL/Cl ... this would be a bigger threat to Microsoft whose profits are in danger if more people use such open source software. 

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

Valve targeted for destruction. I have no doubt that Steam's digital distribution is  at the heart of the "disruptive technologies" comment. Sony and MS know: Steam excels at digital distribution. Games stay at $59.99 for a long time on PSN/XBL. Let's say said $59.99 digital game is discounted during a Steam Sale, a customer will probably go for the better deal. It was all good because Steam stayed on the PC, but now Valve is gunning for the living room. The free games on PSN+ and XBL are good, but if enough people buy these steam machines, MS and Sony, probably even Nintendo (although they probably don't care) will have to reassess how they price their digital products.

cooldudemayur
cooldudemayur

Everything Valve touches, it turns to Gold. I hope the steam machines succeed so we don't have to play same graphics for 7-8 years.

tightwad34
tightwad34

This really is non news. Sony is not going to be challenged or threatened by Valve. I mean, they have some of their games on the PS3 and PS2 so the only thing I would take from this is they don't want to screw up any relations they have. Really learned nothing from the article.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Lol, "disruptive technologies". Heck, Valve isn't developing an EMP device (something that can literally disrupt technology), but I understand what they mean even if sounds odd. The fact that both MS and Sony have acknowledged Valve's announcements and said that they're watching them means something, although probably not much.

mastermetal777
mastermetal777

It's great that Valve is doing something like this, but I'm tired of people claiming Valve is the greatest game developer ever. As far as I'm concerned, they only made 2 great games: Team Fortress 2 and Portal. Everything else is just meh.

digishah
digishah

"PlayStation maker not rattled by Valve's recent announcements, but will keep an eye" - Nokia probably had the same sentiment when Apple decided to make cellphones.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

I hope this is a "disruption" that Sony and Microsoft will find more annoying as the weeks and months roll by. Valve is bringing PC gaming to the HDTV screen and that means for millions of gamers this will be REAL next generation technology and not the fake next gen technology that they continue to call their Fisher Price PS4 and Xbone. I'm a loyal PC gamer and as I've said multiple times, these systems released by Sony and MS qualify as only mid level pc gaming rigs and barely that. They only have the power of their exclusives to protect them from the PC and with the announcement of Valve's new machine that may be withering away. Time to sweat Sony and MS and keep sweating.

Falconoffury
Falconoffury

Steam Machines is a "disruptive technology". That's hilarious.

MikefStktn
MikefStktn

Here's the thing, hard core gamers care about great games, no matter the platform. What Valve is attempting to do is, pull gamers whose funds maybe running low to upgrade their existing hardware, introduce younger gamers who simply cannot afford a high end pc to begin with and show them what a PS4 and Xbox One cannot do at the moment, give them thousands of games available at launch. Many under $10 and $5 instead of re-releasing a game with today's prices.

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

Well that all sounds mighty ominous doesn't it!

Auriken
Auriken

Okay...I think some of the Valve worship from gamers is getting out of hand. They make great games but the Valve fanboys are even more obsessive than The Witcher fanboys, which is saying a lot because as far as The Witcher fanboys are concerned, the only good developer left on the planet is CD Projekt.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Would be a lot more innovation, if instead of looking at competitors, these people looked at ways to improve what they have themselves.

LADIES_MAN_2013
LADIES_MAN_2013

Off course. Valve is doing such a great job after all. All these other big B****es are gonna be scared of that.

Valve is gonna replace these inferior consoles, you just wait and watch. And in the long-run, it is also gonna help the PC community due to the similarity of the platforms. F*** yeah!

SecularSage
SecularSage

Given that Portal 2 on the PS3 could interact with Steam, I'm sure Sony and Valve can figure out plenty of ways to play nice. I wouldn't be surprised if Sony figured out a way to support Valve's controller on the PS4.

Microsoft should feel much more threatened, because SteamOS represents a gauntlet being thrown down towards Windows as a dominant living room platform for the future. As home computers become even cheaper to build and more people realize the value of hooking PCs up to their HD displays, Windows could become a player in this emerging market.

But SteamOS could really put an impact on that demand, particularly if the box offers the performance gains a Linux-based system can deliver. Suddenly, cheap hardware can run as capably as more expensive Windows hardware -- and that limits Windows' future outside the work environment.

MrMars58
MrMars58

you know the truth is its not Microsoft or Sony that should be worried its Gamestop if valve surpasses Nintendo to become number 3 in the big three how long do you think it will take before they switch to valve pricing model I asked a couple of my friends if they can save 15 to 20 dollars on digital download would they stop buying retailand out of 10 friends only one of themwhat would continue buying retail and unfortunately for Gamestop that friend byes on average 3 games a year Madden NBA2k and C.O.D I'm just saying to me with steam in the mix Sony and Microsoft have to see that Gamestop is a giant anchor around a game industry that's trying to stay afloat

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

If the piston is of any indication Sony should laugh till they piss themselves

mr_nee
mr_nee

I wonder if Sony will eventually release one of them Steam machines

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

A good show of common sense over ego.  Props for that.

After this generation, which might actually wind up being one of the shorter ones, consoles as we know them will have to make some drastic changes, and that's if they're even still around.  I think in the end its going to come down to a PC style market where we're looking at who makes the most modular box and of those who can get us the upgrades for less.  A parts war would do wonders for the wallets of rig builders for sure.

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

The console manufacturers definitely need to........tread lightly.

hystavito
hystavito

@mastermetal777  Do a lot of people really say it's the greatest ever?  I don't see a lot of that personally.  What I see a lot more than that is people thinking Valve is the "nice" company when it comes to Steam.

rahl247
rahl247

@bigmikeOK 

um do not see the big deal not may AAA games will be launched for the system sure its bringing pc games to tvs big deal 90% are indie games

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@bigmikeOK Erm, walk to an electronics store, and buy an HDMI cable...

I really REALLY don't get why everyone is so excited about something that just about every PC gamer can do when they get home from work tonight.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

@bigmikeOK Your comment prove only one thing,  You are not a loyal PC gamer, but instead, a dumbass moron who can't deal with people thinking different than you.

I will continue to both enjoy my "Fisher Price" PS4, and my PC, fantroll.

larkin-54
larkin-54

@Auriken  To be fair Valve has done alot for PC gaming alot of us love valve not because we love their games so much as we love their services and style. No other gaming company would release a totally open source OS or a console style box that you can pop open and upgrade add in that steam is an incredibly convenient and cheap way to pick up games and you can see why they are so popular

larkin-54
larkin-54

@SecularSage See i doubt that, I use linux and windows extensively but for the most part linux does not work well if you arn't capable of thinking for yourself and fixing things on your own. And lets be honest while most gamers think of themselves as techy most dont know hwo to do much. I dont see steam OS replacing any windows installations but i can totally see it being dual booted. MS will still have the majority in home computing.  

D_LA_ROC
D_LA_ROC

I dont think Gamestop is going anywhere. They sell Pc games and Steam cards. Plus the used game market is still going to be around for a while longer. Even if newer consoles eventually dont support used games, the current and older consoles will forever. So they will always be able to generate money to stay open. Ill admit, i hate Gamestop. But its the only place i can buy games in my area. And even though its easy to just download online, i like having the physical copy.

larkin-54
larkin-54

@MrMars58 Gamestop will be close to dead by the end of this next generation 

larkin-54
larkin-54

@b74kd3th piston doesnt run steam OS nor is it a valve sponsored project 

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@bunchanumbers Hope they get KH3. I'm also hoping Sony sells Sly Cooper and LBP to them. Only two Sony exclusive titles I really liked.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@larkin-54 @Auriken But HOW is it a console-style box if you can open and upgrade it?

That sounds EXACTLY like a PC...

larkin-54
larkin-54

@Ra-Maxima @LADIES_MAN_2013 You say that now but to be honest as the consoles are on PC architecture now there is literally no reason not to release on PC as well. 

LADIES_MAN_2013
LADIES_MAN_2013

@Ra-Maxima @LADIES_MAN_2013 Not now. But ones Steam Consoles get famous, many developers will start making exclusives for it. Valve itself might make Half-Life 3 as a exclusive to that.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@SurfaceNerd @Cloud_imperium It's teaser. Like The Phantom Pain teaser they haven't revealed the game , but more info is coming in few days  . Amnesia and Penumbra series is great so I am confident that whatever they are working on will be great .