Portal 2 PC sold better than console SKU, says Valve

Tuesday, 30th August 2011 07:23 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Valve boss Gabe Newell has said that sales of Portal 2 were better on PC than they were on either 360 or PS3.

While the 360 version was only a vanilla version of the game of sorts, the PS3 version included Steamworks support, including cloud save, cross-platform play and Steam achievements.

But Newell, speaking to Gamasutra, admitted that Left 4 Dead was one Valve series it had seen sell better on console than PC. The series has only appeared on 360 to date in terms of consoles.

“We can never predict; I mean we just try to build good games and then we tend to be surprised,” he said when asked about a mindshare strategy for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

“Portal 2 did better on the PC than it did on the consoles; Left 4 Dead did better on the consoles than it did on the PC. So you know we don’t try to guess, because we’re not sure what value there is to guessing. We’ve never had a situation where we said, ‘We really, really want to build something that is more popular for the console guys.’

“Because usually we have a bunch of other higher priority problems we want to solve. So we’re glad that people want to play our games wherever they want to play.”

Valve are kneedeep in development on DOTA 2 and Counter Strike GO, both of which are due to kick off with betas later this year and a full release next year.



  1. endgame

    well Portal requires more brain then muscles so duh it sold more on PC than consoles.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    @1 Please tell me you’re only joking.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Lahanas

    @1 People like you are the reason most companies prefer consoles.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. StolenGlory


    I just… No.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. PC_Gamer

    Yep, consoles fails at gaming.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. TheBlackHole

    @3 Exactly.

    This news isn’t a surprise. Valve are one of the biggest PC-game advocates out there, and they make brilliant games.

    Not many cross-platform games sell large %’s on PC these days, hence why some console game manufacturers are dropping the platform entirely. Valve are one of very few (and arguably, a dying breed).

    #6 3 years ago
  7. StolenGlory


    With a name such as yours, I really shouldn’t expect anything else to come out of your brain should I you painfully obvious troll.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheBlackHole

    @5 Also, you fails at insults.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. PC_Gamer

    @7,@8 I see your butthurt.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. BraveArse

    Ah yes, “butthurt”. The insult of a 13 year old. Get much pokemon on the PC then?

    #10 3 years ago
  11. PC_Gamer

    @10, Consoles are for small kids, so even idiot can play on them. But PC is for mature gamers.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. StolenGlory



    Presumably you learnt that insult from the playground where you also picked up your particularly unoriginal brand of cretinous fanboy trolling sensibilities?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. PC_Gamer

    @12, im unprejudiced, so fuck off, console kid. :3

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    I dont get it, we can put a man on the moon and cure nearly all diseases, but finding a PC gamer who isnt a total retard is impossible? Well i guess we’ll just have to keep looking.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. triggerhappy

    @ PC_Gamer: Erthazus? Is that you?? :P

    #15 3 years ago
  16. PC_Gamer

    @14, U didnt started looking. When i played on x360 or ps3 multiplayer i heard in voice chat screeming kids. So i decided to play on PC, coz there isnt too much kids in multiplayer.
    And graphics in console games are shitty: in my 1080p TV the image is blured.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. StolenGlory


    ‘im unprejudiced’.

    Cool story bro.

    ‘so fuck off, console kid. :3′

    More to the point, what are you going to do if I don’t ‘fuck off’?

    Oh that’s right, you’ll have two things to do won’t you?

    Nothing and like it. :)

    #17 3 years ago
  18. PC_Gamer

    @17, U act like 10 years old kid. :D

    #18 3 years ago
  19. StolenGlory


    And on the evidence of this, thusly I rest my case :)

    #19 3 years ago
  20. TheBlackHole

    I’m still laughing at the use of ‘butthurt’ as a nonsensical adjective.


    #20 3 years ago
  21. PC_Gamer

    @20, good for you, kid. :D

    #21 3 years ago
  22. TD_Monstrous69

    I’m not that shocked Portal 2 sold more on PC than it did on consoles. Mainly because of their roots being on the PC, thus having a big PC following (much like id software). I bought this for my PS3, mainly for the cross-platform play with PC and MAC users (though after reading some of the comments posted here, I’m second guessing on whether or not to even try CO-OP if I’m gonna end up running into elitist assholes like the lots of you here online) plus for it coming with a free code to download the PC version of the game (now all I needs is a PC that can run it).

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Ireland Michael

    Good lord people, just ignore him. He’s doing it intentionally to rile you up.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Freek

    This is why we need an Ignore Button, it’s so helpfull in self moderating. And cleaning up the trolls, as soon as they realize they have no more audiance, it’ll go away.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @24 As has been pointed out countless time before, there *is* a hack to ignore users on here… but nobody is willing to fix the coding for the new layout so that it works on more than just the forums.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. bpcgos

    Just keep going,folks! I’m gonna stay at this channel till morning! :D

    #26 3 years ago
  27. freedoms_stain

    @22, if you want to play co-op I’ll do it with ya, I still need that achievement for playing with a co-op noob.

    I’m on PC, but I’m not a dick about it. Steam id is the same as forum id here if you’re interested.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Clupula

    I bought it for PS3, but it doesn’t surprise me that it sold more on PC. I don’t know any other people who bought the PS3 version, and all the co-op I’ve done has been with my friends who play on PC. The game’s a spin-off from the Half Life series, which, while appearing on consoles, has its roots on the PC, makes perfect sense that it’d continue to sell on there.

    And for everyone, I’ve found PC_Gamer’s threads are infinitely more amusing if you just imagine them said in the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. endgame

    “some console game manufacturers are dropping the platform entirely. Valve are one of very few (and arguably, a dying breed).” uuum. right! :)

    edit: @23 that’s how easy it is to “butt hurt” console players! LOL! and he’s only 1. :)) well, I’m #2 but I don’t count ’cause I’m too bored to own these losers in text. also it’s too easy. so I usually own them in games. :)

    #29 3 years ago
  30. DSB

    No offence to any of you guys, but trolls have it waaaaay too easy on this site.

    Why it’s worth responding to the couple of ‘em above, I have no idea. It’s pretty obvious that they’re just trying to get a rise out of people, and people are just lining up to deliver.

    The animosity between consoles and PC is just makebelief between a few idiotic fanboys online, even if it is interesting to see which gets the most attention from the developer on individual titles.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. endgame

    @30 seriously u don’t like to see ppl bickering? :))

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Noodlemanny

    Hmm. I really do hope that ‘PC_Gamer’ was pulling a joke. Otherwise I’d have lost just a little bit more confidence in the competence of the human race. PC_Gamers very name kinda suggests he wasn’t, which makes me quite depressed.
    Aah well my amazing self-control means I will will (force) out this encounter and keep being the annoyingly over optimistic person that I am. Not to toot my own trumpet.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. triggerhappy

    It’s a wind up. And if it’s not the jokes on him anwyway y’know.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. DSB

    @31 I’ll indulge in discussions, no matter how long or furious they may be, but this isn’t even close to a discussion. It’s some frecklefaced nerd popping into a discussion to yell “Poo” to which everybody else replies “Poo you” or worse yet, wastes something intelligent on him.

    Surely there are more interesting things to say about Portal 2, the PC and Valve, eh?

    #34 3 years ago
  35. PC_Gamer

    Консолебляди соснули по самые гланды.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Fin



    #36 3 years ago
  37. PC_Gamer

    @36, Хуй в очко, мой ебанутый друг. :D

    #37 3 years ago

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