Valve: PS3's "Open Platform" Beneficial To Customers
Now that Valve has decided to work with the PlayStation 3, they're learning about the system's benefits.
According to what the studio's Erik Johnson told CVG during a GamesCom chat, the PS3's open platform status is better for both designers and game consumers. Being able to get Steamworks on PS3 has been deemed "incredibly valuable" to both Valve and their customers; of course, this couldn't happen until Valve got those PS3 experts they needed. Said Johnson:
"Part of the reason the PS3 project is so exciting to us is because fundamentally Sony views the PS3 as a very open platform for developers and that's kind of what we feel like. It is better for developers but more importantly it's better for customers to have as many choices of software to run on whatever device they have."
Perhaps that is part of the reason Valve altered their stance on the PS3. Maybe Sony went up to them and, as part of their little pitch, said "oh by the way, the PS3 is an open platform...you and your customers might like that." We still remember the days when Valve would take little potshots at the PS3, all the while admitting they don't really know much about it. See what a little knowledge can do for you? All we need now is for the developers to deliver on their promise and provide PS3 owners with a game they deserve. Portal 2, by the way, is slated to arrive February 9, 2011.
8/23/2010 10:19:15 AM Ben Dutka