Valve still hates the PlayStation 3

Written by Joe Martin

August 14, 2009 | 11:25

Tags: #gabe-newell #playstation-3 #ps3

Companies: #sony #valve

Valve founder and boss Gabe Newell doesn't like the PlayStation 3, that we know from his famous lament that any attempt to support the platform would be pretty much a waste of everybody's time.

Still, things seemed to be turning a bit when it was reported that Valve was hiring PS3 developers - could Valve have plans for the PS3 afterall?

No, apparently not.

Speaking in a recent interview with GameTrailers TV, Gabe Newell was asked whether the efforts to hire experience PS3 coders might be a sign that the company was working on the console his response was quite simple - No.

"Are you guys working on PlayStation 3 here now, trying to understand it, trying to get better at it?" asked GTTV host Geoff Keighley.

"Uh,no. not in any real way," replied a dismissive Newell who again cut straight to the chase.

The fact that Newell is so anti-PlayStation though isn't a huge surprise - Newell himself used to work at Microsoft and Valve is primarily a PC developer afterall. He's not the only developer to criticise the architecture of the PS3 either, suggesting that the system is too complex to work with.

"[The PS3 is] a disaster on many levels ... 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 ," Newell once said in an interview with CVG.

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