Remember back when Valve seemed to hate the PlayStation 3? Remember trying to play Orange Box on your sleek Sony machine? Those load times, I still have nightmares. Remember trying to play Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 on your sleek Sony machine — oh yeah, you couldn’t.
Then, but then, E3 rolled around and we got word that not only was Portal 2 coming out on the PS3 at the same time as PC and Xbox 360, but we also learned it would support Steamworks and should be the best console version of the game. Are you kidding me? Is this just some cruel nightmare now where we are being set up for a big fall later? What happened? Well it appears we might be getting some answers.
In an interview with PC Gamer the big man in charge at Valve, Gabe Newell, dropped the news that working with and putting out updates on Xbox Live is “such a train wreck.” We have all heard stories before about the alleged difficulties of working with Xbox Live and getting updates and patches out. There were even rumblings that developers wanted to put content out for free but Microsoft would not allow it.
So when you think about it, Gabe’s comments and possible frustration with Live can really make a lot of sense. Valve is kind of known for its continued support of its games, and for releasing free content and updates for its games on the PC — and even giving entire games away for free at times. But perhaps because of Live’s more closed system, when compared to the PC and PS3, those updates and freebies were just not possible? Or if they were technically possible, maybe they were just too big of a headache — dealing with certification, etc.
So while the Playstaion Network might not be the greatest online system ever created, it does remain free (cough, yet Microsoft is raising prices, cough). And perhaps its more open structure is just the kind of thing Valve can dig its teeth into? All I know is that while I typically like playing online games on my Xbox because of the “community,” Steamworks, free content, and more and more updates will make Portal 2 a day one PS3 purchase for me.
Source: PC Gamer