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Valve explains why Portal 2 doesn’t include Move support on PS3

Friday, 25th February 2011 21:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Valve’s Chet Faliszek has said the reason Portal 2 on PS3 will not have Move support is because it was designed specifically with console controllers in mind.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Faliszek said other than normal controllers, the PC version supports Razor’s Hyrda Controller and it was something the firm did not wish to trivialize.

“On the PC version we have the Hydra controller,” he said, “those guys actually sit in our office. They’ve been working in our office for nine months, a year. So it’s not something we’d trivialize and say, ‘oh well, let’s just toss this in, it doesn’t need any thought or anything special.’ They’ve been working in that way for that. We think it deserves that kind of respect if we’re going to do it.

“We’ve always looked at Portal 2 as being the controllers we have going in and then the Hyrda. We designed for those things.”

As far as supporting Move in the future was concerned, Faliszek was noncommittal.

“Who knows?,” he replied. “I’m not sure it would make the game better. Obviously there are a bunch of games the Kinect and the Move absolutely made better and are for. But for this, where we had started from day one not thinking about that, it would not.

“The Hydra stuff, those guys have invented new puzzles to make their thing make sense. They’ve done the work to make it fit in and not be just this light touch on the top.”

Regarding the “mistranslation” that occurred last week regarding Move support for Portal 2, Faliszek said the mix up happened when his English was translated into German for the German PS Blog.

“Their translation from me to them, they may have not spoken that well,” he said. “I don’t speak that well of English to begin with! Who knows!”

Portal 2 releases on April 22 in the US and April 25 in the UK for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

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19 Comments

  1. thesamy

    i think thay dont want to take any chance that hardcore player will feel a even a tiny lag in the game and we seen the kinct and the move working both have lag and thay not for valve games.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Gama_888

    shame
    changes nothing though, still probably the biggest game of 2011 for me

    #2 4 years ago
  3. El_MUERkO

    sit the valve guys down with Move & Killzone 3, they’ll come around to it :)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Toastrules

    @thesamy, Move has the same amount of lag as the Dualshock 3, and Kinect has a few dozen millseconds more than that

    #4 4 years ago
  5. jacobvandy

    It looks to me like they would have supported Move if Sony or whoever had come to them a year ago and expressed interest in making it work well with the game. Razer did that, so that’s why Hydra is supported. It’s not their fault if 3 months before the game goes gold, Sony says “Oh yeah, and this is gonna support Move, right?” They’re not going to haphazardly toss a bit of code in there to map the controls to Move, and potentially compromise the experience for people that try to play the game that way… Valve has integrity.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. RickyWicky

    @5 Amen, they do.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Bond James Bond

    The reason is because nobody gives a fuck about Move. It’s an old concept that’s ran it’s course. Plus sales have been piss-poor.

    Developer resources can be better put at use, hence the Hydra support.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Crysis

    @7, Countless people give a fuck about Move & it’s sales have been pretty consistent, not to the same extent as Kinect, but it’s definitely far away from piss-poor.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Bond James Bond

    @8

    Move is a dodo and Sony know it. If the consumer wants a Wii like experience, then they’ll buy a Wii. Simple as. Move sales only reflect this.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    @8
    lol Why are you even acknowledging Bond exists? He’s a PC fanboy of the worst caliber. BDH but with better spelling & grammar. Ignore him, dont feed him.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Bond James Bond

    @10

    Back Up’s alt account speaks…

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Mace

    Move is a pointless gimmick and every game is better off without it.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Jan

    Come on, Move is a joke, and playing Portal with that? then I rather use my dick with Kinect to play that game.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    ^ Kinect cant detect things that small. ;)

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Crysis

    @14, Lolz

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Yoshi

    You know what the best part about these comments are?
    People saying Move is a gimmick and that we don’t need it as its done before. Well have a guess what Batman so has Kinect. Anyone remember that little fella called the EyeToy? Kinect is the EyeToy enough said. Move is the Wii controller enough said.
    Move was being created when the EyeToy came out but they took their sweet ass time creating it and perfecting it to make it a more reliable product. Unfortunately that worked against Sony as Nintendo came up with the Wii controller.

    What happened with Portal 2 is most likely what #5 said. Sony came in too late saying about Move to them which gave them no time to add it. So it isn’t because you say Move is terrible etc or because you say it’s selling badly, it’s because they have no time. Valve are an extremely busy company.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. NeoSquall

    @14 Game. Set. Match. Lolz.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Yoshi

    @14 Nice hahaha. Lets hope it doesn’t effect his tconfidence too much :P

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Jan

    @14 :-(

    #19 4 years ago

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