Valve: PlayStation 3 Incredibly Important to Us

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Valve: PlayStation 3 Incredibly Important to Us

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PlayStation 3 owners haven't had the most support from Valve, and the developer says that it wants to make it up them.

After a less-than-stellar version of the Orange Box and the complete absence of the Left 4 Dead games, it's safe to say that PS3 owners got a bit of a raw deal from Valve. The studio said that it didn't feel like it could deliver the kind of experiences that PS3 owners deserved, so it until it could put together a dedicated team, the PS3 would remain Valve-less.

All that changed at E3 in June however, when Portal 2 was announced for the console, and it seems that that is just the beginning. Erik Johnson, a project manager for Valve, says the studio is keen to make it all up to PS3 owners, and that Steamworks - which was announced alongside Portal 2 - would be a big part of that.

"PS3 is incredibly important to us," he said. "We don't feel that the PS3 users had the Valve experience that we like to deliver ... so in that case it's incredibly important to us [that] we kind of fix everything wrong in the products that we delivered before for the PS3, which we thought were good but weren't quite the Valve experience."

It's a little tricky to square away Valve's new attitude with its previous comments about the PS3, but even when Gabe Newell was calling the machine a "waste of time," it was the case that Valve was worried about doing a good job on the console. If Steamworks allows Valve to do that, then it's hard to see a downside.

Source: CVG

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I just loved when the surprise happened at E3, I heard one guy just shout out loud 'OH MY GOD!!!"

And bloomin' heck Logan, you're up late...wait, I can't talk...I'm up late too...

Yes Value you may come crawling back to me with presents in your arms...muahaha

Screw long term support, I just want an updated Team Fortress 2 dammit!

It's great that VALVe have decided to turn to the dark side support the PS3, and it's very nice to have Steamworks integrated with PSN, allowing VALVe to work much more closely to their games on the PS3 instead of letting EA just port it and scramble for a patch when things predictably don't work out.

I'll be waiting for the zealot PC supporters to cry foul.

The Austin:
Screw long term support, I just want an updated Team Fortress 2 dammit!

Very this.
Also, I hope this doesn't mean Valve won't support the 360 anymore. The 360 is going to be the only console (besides the Wii) without Steamworks soon. It's great that they're expanding from the PC, but the 360 should be included in their expansion too.
Please.

Um, thanks, Valve, but you're coming off a bit needy. Not that it isn't appreciated. :)

I feel all lonely on my 360 now. I want some Valve love. ;_;

Never mind, I would just use my PC however I don;t think it can handle any new games.

This whole Steam on PS3 thing seems to be really overlooked. Outside of a few other websites, nobody has really mentioned anything.

But I would be pretty suspicious with this short episode of going from one end of the hate spectrum aaaalll the way to the love end. Or something like that at least...

But I'm happy to see support.

Kheapathic:
I'll be waiting for the zealot Half-life fans to cry foul.

Fixed.

If they spent more time on HL2E3 as they are on the PS3 then it would have been done by now

Colonel Alzheimer's:

The Austin:
Screw long term support, I just want an updated Team Fortress 2 dammit!

Very this.
Also, I hope this doesn't mean Valve won't support the 360 anymore. The 360 is going to be the only console (besides the Wii) without Steamworks soon. It's great that they're expanding from the PC, but the 360 should be included in their expansion too.
Please.

Totally agreed, I mean, I'm something of a PS3 fangirl, but 360 owners have been loyal supporters of Valve, so it'd be a real jerk move, not to mention an immensely stupid one, to make it appear that they're being kicked to the curb.

The Austin:
Screw long term support, I just want an updated Team Fortress 2 dammit!

Indeed update the Console versions of TF2 and everyone will be happy....

And this time they really, really mean it…

What's that line about the lady and the quantity of her protests?

aren't these the same people that said the PS3 was crap or something along thosse lines? I'll believe it when it happens.

The PS3 or 360 will never have as long a support life as the PC from valve and I will laugh at anyone who thinks otherwise.

Sounds a lot like "We've just realised a lot of money could come from the ps3, please forgive me and buy my games".

I don't hold anything against them though they're a brilliant developer. You don't need to ask for forgiveness *hugs* just keep makin awesome games :3

Oh and i just thought, only console owners will have a real physical copy of Valve games, huzzar! No digital distribution for us ^_^
I'm sure Valve will be nice enough to work something out for PC owners though once their servers finally give in. At least i hope so, i've got a ton of games on Steam D:

This is just kind of sad. "Incredibly important to us?" What, exactly, changed your minds? You could at least say, "Yeah, OK, we were kind of retarded, sorry guys."

Well well well, look who's come Craaaaaaaaaawling back.

PS3 is important to Valve, but is Valve important to the PS3? I don't think so.

We've gotten along fine without them. I don't see why they feel the sudden urge to start developing for the PS3. Oh yeah, money.

So PS3 gets Steamworks? Does that mean TF2 will get all the juicy, juicy updates?

Irridium:
So PS3 gets Steamworks? Does that mean TF2 will get all the juicy, juicy updates?

As well as the huge number of patches for Half Life 2, and the Portal Radio Update.

I'm calling bullshit on this one, Erik may be trying to come across as apologetic an considerate but the fact of the matter is that Gabe couldn't give two monkeys about the PS3. Good on him tbf, an in any case this will only sidetrack the bastards from making Episode 3!! Gaaaaaaahhh!

I dind't really like Portal, so this isn't exactly what I was anticipating.

megs1120:

Colonel Alzheimer's:

The Austin:
Screw long term support, I just want an updated Team Fortress 2 dammit!

Very this.
Also, I hope this doesn't mean Valve won't support the 360 anymore. The 360 is going to be the only console (besides the Wii) without Steamworks soon. It's great that they're expanding from the PC, but the 360 should be included in their expansion too.
Please.

Totally agreed, I mean, I'm something of a PS3 fangirl, but 360 owners have been loyal supporters of Valve, so it'd be a real jerk move, not to mention an immensely stupid one, to make it appear that they're being kicked to the curb.

Count me in agreement as well, it would be downright mean to toss the 360 and all of the support from that aside like used rag.

The news sounded great up until that reminder about the "waste of time." Hmmm, now that the PS3 is looking sharp, maybe the money fans are worthy enough? But hey, great company sharing the wealth with everybody (hopefully), that's just happiness. :)

It's good to see them supporting all consoles. Now it's time for the Xbox 360... not that they were bad to us.

That nice, but my PS3, who is name Linda, had something else to add:

Yeah, I think Linda is not too happy about this, she was burned once by Valve, Not once, Not twice, but five times. So, when I asked her about steamworks...she pretty much held my Infamous disc for a week.

I swear, My PS3 can be such a Drama Queen. >_<

that's great to see they are supporting the ps3. But how long will it last??

megs1120:

Totally agreed, I mean, I'm something of a PS3 fangirl, but 360 owners have been loyal supporters of Valve, so it'd be a real jerk move, not to mention an immensely stupid one, to make it appear that they're being kicked to the curb.

Say thanks to the fucks at Microsoft who would NEVER allow Steam on the Xbox.

Does it ever make you wonder why people are so willing to shell out cash to Microsoft when you can get the same or better experience elsewhere for completely free? Is Halo really THAT good of a game?

Nouw:
It's good to see them supporting all consoles. Now it's time for the Xbox 360... not that they were bad to us.

nope. contract with sony forbids them to associate with the xbox.

valve is only doing this to say "fuck you" to micro$oft who fucked valve over.

Kheapathic:
I'll be waiting for the zealot PC supporters to cry foul.

alot of people believe this is why portal 2 is being delayed.

Kheapathic:
I'll be waiting for the zealot PC supporters to cry foul.

I cry foul!...........Ok, not really. :P

Actually, I don't mind at all the fact that Portal 2 is being developed for the PS3 as well. As long as the PC version doesn't suffer beacuse of it and is released in a box (which they said is the plan), I am content.

Now people with PS3's can share in the Valve experience of massive delays like everyone else. Back of the line guys.

Ultratwinkie:

Nouw:
It's good to see them supporting all consoles. Now it's time for the Xbox 360... not that they were bad to us.

nope. contract with sony forbids them to associate with the xbox.

valve is only doing this to say "fuck you" to micro$oft who fucked valve over.

We still get Portal 2 right?

valve gonna have to make up big time after completely disregarding the PS3 as nothing more than a black brick.

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