Legendary video game creator Gabe Newell recently made an appearance at a public school in Auckland, New Zealand, and answered a number of questions related to video games.
In response to a question asking if Valve would consider bringing games to the current-generation consoles, he said fans could perhaps get an update by the end of 2021. Here's his full but brief response via Reddit:
“You will get a better idea of that by the end of this year.”
The last games Valve released on consoles was back during the Xbox 360 generation - including titles like Left 4 Dead, Portal, Counter-Strike: Global Offence and The Orange Box.
If Valve was to bring some of its games to consoles, there's a good chance they would be released on the Xbox Series X|S - with Newell recently admitting he prefers the Xbox Series X over the PlayStation 5.
In the ongoing Epic v Apple court case, there were also claims that Phil Spencer had been meeting with Gabe Newell from time to time. Presumably, this was prior to Newell's relocation to New Zealand.
Would you like to see Valve bring some more games to console? Tell us below - in the meantime, if you're in need of a quick fix, you can always play something like The Orange Box via backwards compatiblity.
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I actually think the best chance of Xbox getting VR is them teaming up with Valve to get the Index to be compatible. Then Steam good release a Steam VR app for the console. This way Xbox wouldn’t have to devote its own resources to VR development, and it would expand Steam’s VR footprint. That said, the Index probably wouldn’t compare favorably to the PSVR2, which sounds like it’ll be a beast when it releases.
YEEESSS!!! HL3 CONF... wait, what?
@Hypnotoad107 Vive Pro 2 was announced yesterday with better specs then the PSVR2 headset. It’s entirely possible Valve has a Series X compatible Index 2 in the works. ?
I'm almost certain this just means Half Live VR for PSVR2.
@Hypnotoad107 Honestly I think this, or something like it (letting any inside out tracking headset since they don't require extra things like the index sensors) would be the right path for MS. Let everyone else take all the "risk" if it goes well then release an official Xbox headset, if not nothings lost.
Seems a no brainer for Valve and MS to work together. Steam getting Forza H4 worked out well for everyone presumably other MS releases are and will be available for PC players. Following on from that it makes sense to make that a two way street and put some Valve games onto Xbox, the question is what? Unless theyre doing a new Counter Strike or HL3 or releasing Dota on Consoles, they only really do VR.
Gimme a Series X optimized Half-Life and Half-Life 2.
I know Xbox keep saying they aren't interested in VR, but a team-up where Valve make a VR headset compatible with Series X/S could be perfect.
Means MS isn't spending the money on R&D and Valve get extra sales and audience for games like Half Life Alyx.
The only Valve game that matters is Portal. If they can make a Portal 3, then i am fully for this. Otherwise I couldn't care less...
Who let a guy whose company is so adverse to our laws into NZ?
Valve games... always excited.
I think Half Life Alyx on PSVR2 would be a no brainer to try and help the whole VR industry, including Valve, take the next step.
I didn't know he moved to nz.
@Hypnotoad107 The new vr set from htc is better than psvr2 leaked specs.
When did Gaben move to NZ? That's not a move you hear about often, then again you don't hear about corporate kingpins lives in general much.
My only takeaway from the article is yet more reasons not to be able to stand Tim Sweeney and his Tencent masters. Who goes to first party companies to buy their games for your platform? And who even bothers putting Nintendo on a list PC stores? They admit it's a moonshot, but moonshots actually have a narrow margin of victory. Nintendo PC ports on a store not run by Nintendo doesn't.
@NEStalgia A store acquiring product to sell is pretty normal actually.
@Xiovanni Not usually from your direct competitors, however.
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