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Did Valve have a falling out with Microsoft?

by William Schwartz on June 15, 2010


It’s official Gabe Newell has done an about face.  Valve has just announced Portal 2 for the PS3.  The outspoken head of the software developer made recent comments about the system, the new announcement, and the partnership with working with Sony.

“I’ve been pretty outspoken with my comments,” said Valve boss Gabe Newell, who added that PS3’s open platform means that Portal 2 on PS3 can include Steam Cloud support, thus making it “the best version on any console”.

“When the PlayStation 3 was introduced, I was the one of the platform’s biggest critics”

“However, Sony Computer Entertainment has proved that the PlayStation 3 is the most open platform of all the current generation consoles and has worked extremely hard to make the platform the most desirable for consumers and developers. As such, we are delighted to announce Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 and believe the Steamworks support included will make it the best console version of the game.”

This is certainly a turn of events for Valve as Newell is the guy that can be quoted as saying

“The PS3 is a total disaster on so many levels, I think it’s really clear that Sony lost track of what customers and what developers wanted,” said Newell. “I’d say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a ‘do over.’ Just say, ‘This was a horrible disaster and we’re sorry and we’re going to stop selling this and stop trying to convince people to develop for it.'”

Talk about a change of perspective.  No Valve titles were mentioned in the Microsoft press conference, in fact no Valve titles were mentioned anywhere other than the PS3 conference.  If Sony was ever to secure Valve as an exclusive to the platform that may mark the single biggest crossover in gaming history.

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  • plmko

    Clearly Gabe was trolling us from the beginning.

    • Zac

      I wouldn’t go that far but with some of the other things Valve has done I wouldn’t be surprised.

      It was funny, me and my friends were wondering why there was no Valve at E3 so far so I, deadpan as I could be, said, “Gabe is going to walk out on stage at the Sony Conference and drop Portal 2, Steam and Half-Life 2: Ep 3.” I got laughed at and laughed along. A few hours later I must have got 5 calls and even more texts. I’m supposedly the new gaming prophet, or demi-god. Lol.

  • Bill Hess

    They said a surprise was coming. That was a pretty good surprise, but not if you are fanboy of any particular console.

  • dougie

    Clearly the only factor in change of direction here is the introduction of the worst thing imaginable – MONEY!!! i.e. I will totally be against you until you pay me some money to change my mind!!!!!!

    • Zac

      I doubt that highly, Valve has proven they are one of the few companies who will gauge out there eyes before fucking over their consumers, and even appologized for the fucked up Orange Box port to the PS3. So I doubt that they would bend over just for some cash, they are not Square Enix after all. In fact, if anyone got money thrown at them it was EA, or maybe the apparent love fest between them and Sony is due to an eerilly similar one between Microsoft and Activision. Timed exclusives don’t mean anything really, but 3 years of it is a hell of a comitment, if nothing else.

  • dougie

    “The PS3 is a total disaster on so many levels, I think it’s really clear that Sony lost track of what customers and what developers wanted,” said Newell. “I’d say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a ‘do over.’ Just say, ‘This was a horrible disaster and we’re sorry and we’re going to stop selling this and stop trying to convince people to develop for it.'”

    This was a statement to Sony saying that “If you want us onboard then YOU will have to come creeping to US to release on your system”

    The only thing that talks in this world is MONEY!!! Period. End of story.

  • Bill

    Seems M$ early tactics back in 2007 to 2008 where they bought exclusives and spreading negative critism of the PS3 has failed. Now after 3 years of seeing all consoles running at 70% to 80% of their power the PS3 is clearly the winner. Heavy Rain, Killzone 2, Uncharted 2, Motorstorm, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance 2, Infamous, Demon’s souls, FF13, Grid, modern warfare, dead space, mirrors edge, madden 2011, etc, etc show that the PS3 has some of the best storytelling, best actors, best graphics, etc. Gawd xmas 2010 is going to be fun all over again! And a poor one :) I’m a happy PS3 bunny not some miserable xbot troll visiting PS3 forums. Life is good.

  • The Truth

    lmao @ dougie. So desperate…so pathetic. Keep rationalizing…people like you make me laugh.

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