Blizzard COO Paul Sams is “excited” to see what Valve does in the living room space with its new line of Steam Machines, the executive told GameSpot at BlizzCon last night.
“I’m excited to see what they do, to be honest,” Sams said. “Obviously with Steam, they’ve done great things; they’re a talented group. And I would say that if anybody’s going to be able to do it, it would be them.”
Sams went on to praise Valve further, saying the company has a proven track record of delivering compelling products and services, and Steam Machines could be their next hit.
The Xbox One won’t require an internet connection check-in every 24 hours as Microsoft had initially planned.
However, you will need to download a one-time, day one patch for the system. And without it you won’t even be able to play video games.
“Functionally, you will be able to do very little without taking the day one update,” Microsoft senior director of product management Albert Penello told Engadget.
Blizzard has said it is exploring remote play support for the PlayStation 4 version of “Diablo 3,” which would allow gameplay to be streamed from Sony’s upcoming console to the PlayStation Vita.
Speaking to CVG during an interview at Blizzcon, Julie Humphreys, senior producer on the console versions of Blizzard’s loot-driven action RPG, said the developer was in the “earliest stages” with remote play support.
“That is something we are looking into. I would say we are in the earliest stages of looking at that. We want to make sure that it is readable and is a good user experience.”