Gabe Newell, the founder of Valve and Steam, had an interview at a school and one of the students uploaded a brief snippet of the interview that could give console players a glimmer of hope for seeing a Valve game reach the consoles yet. It has been a while, but the wait could be worth it.
Gabe Newell could be teasing something for consoles
Gabe Newell did an interview at a school and when asked about the idea of Steam games coming to consoles, Gabe replied you will have to wait until the end of the year to find out.
Steam had a brief life on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, with the release of The Orange box in 2007, Portal 2 in 2011, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012, but all the aforementioned games were long since forgotten and abandoned by Valve due to the costly and tedious process of putting out patches on said platforms.
With recent years, Sony and Microsoft have relaxed on the terms set forth by those console generations and have made it easier and faster for developers to put updates out for their games.
While Valve’s library is still very limited when it comes to first-party games, their most notable games are Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on the PC which constantly enjoy a lively and thriving player base.
While we can’t really speculate on the extent of Valve and their vision of dipping into the console market, so we will have to wait until Gabe shares his plans for the consoles in the future, and maybe we might get a first teaser next month during E3?
For now, it is good to hear that Valve is coming back into the console market. Considering the massive growth of the market over the years, perhaps the company is now seeing an opportunity in spreading their wings.
What are your thoughts on what Valve could share with gamers on consoles? It would be nice to have Half-Life: Alyx to play on PSVR but otherwise it is also possible for the studio to consider porting Team Fortress 2 and Global Offensive to the consoles with support for keyboard/mouse.