Why Gabe Newell Isn't Worried About The Xbox One

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Sitting at Valve's CES conference in Las Vegas today, one inquisitive audience member couldn't help but ask...is Valve worried about keeping up with Microsoft's momentum, having just announced 3 million units already sold?


Here's how it went down, transcription courtesy of Kirk:

Question from the audience at a Valve CES presentation: Microsoft just announced 3 million units of xbox one were sold at launch for the last three months, can you hit that target by the end of the year? Can you do 3 million units?

Newell: Well, it'd take a while for them to catch up. I mean, we're at 65 million.

(Huge laugh from the crowd)

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

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yep, I'm sure Microsoft is super pissed about that install base of 65 million windows PCs