Valve On PlayStation 3: "We Don't Have The Bandwidth"
Before you finish reading this article, we sense your eyes will have rolled skywards at least several times.
1Up recently interviewed Valve co-founder Gabe Newell and marketing director Doug Lombardi, and they got on the topic of PS3 development. This isn't a fun topic for Valve, especially considering the unbridled hostility we've seen from PS3 owners in the past few years, all directed towards Valve's lack of support. Anyway, Valve just released a set of free updates for Team Fortress 2 for the PC, and they're also coming to the Xbox 360. Are they coming to the PS3 version of the game? Nope. Of course not. After all, Valve has no internal PS3 developers. Lombardi said as much, and Newell said this is the reason why EA handled the port of The Orange Box last year...which didn't turn out very well. As for the ongoing controversy surrounding Left 4 Dead, and whether or not it will go to the PS3, don't hold your breath. Newell said, quite simply, "we don't have the bandwidth. What the heck does this even mean? Couldn't they get the bandwidth if they wanted to?
Newell did say they are looking to get some in-house PS3 developers at some point in the future, but at this point, PS3 owners may not care very much. Some have just replied, "what are we really missing?" So far, just the best version of The Orange Box, but that's about it. Anyway, while it's good to hear that Valve will try to jump into the PS3 development waters at some point, they've got a long ways to go before they redeem themselves.
9/23/2008 Ben Dutka