Valve: PS3 Owners Got "Stepchild" Version Of The Orange Box


Posted July 6, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

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Hope everyone had a nice 4th of July. Here's some console-war flame-bait to get the week started right!

According to Valve head Doug Lombardi, the PlayStation 3 version of The Orange Box is inferior to the 360 and the PC versions. "If we were customers of that product on PlayStation, we'd feel like we sort of got the stepchild version of the product while the guys on the PC and the 360 got the sweet version of it," Lombardi said.

 Furthermore, Lombardi says his company isn't interested in releasing inferior versions of its games, so until Valve gets a PS3 team together, they won't work on that platform:

"We've run a couple of experiments over the years of PlayStation in general; we did Half-Life on PS2 with an outside company and then we did Orange Box PS3 with an outside company. We weren't able to deliver the same type of product on PS3 and PS2 for that matter that we were on the 360 and PC. Until we have the ability to get a PS3 team together, until we find the people who want to come to Valve or who are at Valve who want to work on that, I don't really see us moving to that platform."

These quote echo things Valve's Gabe Newell told us. Gabe said:

"Until we can do a better job than we have [with PS3 games], I’m sort of hesitant to go back and screw them again. So, I want to make sure when we have customers on the PS3 they don’t end up in the sort of second class citizen that I feel that they’ve been by what we did originally with The Orange Box."

As a PS3 owner, I hope that this quote from Lombardi indicates that Valve plans on putting together the most kick-ass development team ever to put out PS3 games, but, honestly, it doesn't look like that's the plan. It seems more likely that Valve will bow out of releasing their games for the PlayStation 3 all together, which is a huge blow: Valve games are almost universally high-quality, awesome titles.

This kind of thing really doesn't look good for Sony -- sure, a decade-long product cycle is nice, but if big developers drop your system in the first half of its existence, it doesn't look good for the second half.


Valve: PS3 Owners Got "Stepchild" Version Of The Orange Box


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