Valve president Gabe Newell says that he prefers Microsoft’s Xbox Series X over the PS5 in
Gabe Newell has been on a wild ride these past few months.
The co-founder of Valve found himself in the country of New Zealand earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, and rather than choosing to come back to the United States right away, Newell and some of his friends decided to ride the virus out in New Zealand. Now, with the coronavirus basically eradicated from the region, Newell is thanking those in the country for their hospitality with a new public event and has been making the rounds on some various TV programs to promote it. In the process, he’s also now made his opinion on the upcoming next-gen console launch known.
Appearing on the television program The Project, Newell was asked by one of the hosts which he thinks is better between the Xbox Series X and PS5. “Uh, the Xbox,” Newell responded plainly. When pressed on why he thought it was a better platform, Newell simply said, “Because it is.” After some laughs were had by the audience, Newell expanded a bit more with, “I don’t have a stake in that race. Obviously, we do most of our development on personal computers. But of the two, I would definitely go with an Xbox.”
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Newell’s comments honestly aren’t too surprising, especially given the Valve president’s history with the PlayStation platform. Historically, Newell was very critical of the PS3 (like many others were) back when it launched and from the getgo more strongly supported the Xbox 360. As Newell himself makes clear though, Valve is a company that is primarily used to working with the PC, and as such, it seems as though the Xbox platform might naturally be one that is easier to develop for when working off of PC. And if this isn’t the reason why he prefers it, perhaps he just likes the Xbox Series X more due to its increased processing power compared to the PS5.
That said, while Newell’s opinion might carry a bit of weight with it, at the end of the day, Valve’s activity when it comes to console is essentially nonexistent at this point. Valve as a whole hasn’t even shipped a title on the PS4 or Xbox One this generation, with the developer’s last console games being that of Portal 2 and Counter-Stike: GO for the PS3 and Xbox 360. As such, it’s hard to put a ton of stock into Newell’s own stance, even if it is an unsurprising one from the developer’s perspective.
Given the fact that Valve has decided to clearly get back into the game development scene this year with the notable release of Half-Life: Alyx, maybe we’ll see the iconic studio return to console releases in the upcoming generation.
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