Newell: If Valve has to “sell hardware, we will”

Monday, 20th February 2012 12:10 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Valve boss Gabe Newell has said he’d have no reluctance in heading towards the hardware market, but it’d be best kept to those with more experience.

Speaking to Penny Arcade, Newell said said he’s not scared of the hard stuff.

“Well, if we have to sell hardware we will,” he said. “We have no reason to believe we’re any good at it, it’s more we think that we need to continue to have innovation and if the only way to get these kind of projects started is by us going and developing and selling the hardware directly then that’s what we’ll do.”

He continued: “It’s definitely not the first thought that crosses our mind; we’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do that. We think it’s important enough that if that’s what we end up having to do then that’s what we end up having to do.”

Valve has been in the news for more traditional reasons recently. On the subject of communicating with fans over the status of certain projects – Half-Life fans might want to look at this – Newell admitted it was “pretty frustrating” to see fans annoyed, but said it was a case of getting projects “a little more baked” before showing anything else.

“We’re acutely aware of how much we annoy our fans and it’s pretty frustrating to us when we put them into that situation. We try to go as fast as we can and we try to pick the things that we think are going to be most valuable to our customers and if there’s some magic way we can get more work done in a day then we’d love to hear about it.”

He went on to say: “But we recognize that it’s been a long time whereas we have so many games that people really love–Counterstrike, Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, not a whole lot of Ricochet enthusiasts out there, and at the same time we want to be making sure that those games and those stories and those characters are moving forward while also making sure that we don’t just get into terminal sequelitis.”

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  1. Razor

    He said… he said the words Half-Life…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. absolutezero

    It really is an amazing beard.

    Also please make Hardware. Do it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Optimaximal

    No doubt they’re considering it light of the comments re: OSX and (potentially) future builds of Windows where built-in stores are going to be mandated, funnelling a cut of all money to the platform holders and preventing third-party selling unless via the former.

    Basically, Steam would be prevented from operating in the iOS model Apple are rumoured to be heading for and Microsoft would no doubt love to replicate that model for it’s entire market share.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    Why would they release hardware when they rarely release games *trollface*

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Mr-Brett

    It’d be very interesting if they did but as has been mentioned it’s the OS that causes the problems not the hardware, of course in Apple’s case the too are inextricably linked (ignoring hackintosh etc). So what OS would this Valve hardware run? a version of Linux? Android, Chromium? Steam?!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Maximum Payne

    @5 When you think about it Linux is perfect for them.They would just update it all the time :)

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    @3 That’s kinda hard to imagine. Maybe on a Mac or a console, but trying to turn the PC into a closed platform simply means that everybody would go somewhere else. Microsoft don’t own your hardware.

    Microsoft and Apple are flustered by Google because they’re so much more flexible, adapting to user needs and constantly iterating on their products.

    I’d be puzzled if they weren’t also considering a serious OS, and if or when they do, Microsoft are going to go into panic mode, because they’re not at all ready to compete with a company that can actually match them.

    Those are a lot of “ifs”, but it’s a possibility that people are aware of. I don’t think Microsoft would risk trying to close down the platform, even if they’re likely to take three steps back with the metro design. They’re already making a ton of money basically owning the PC, so I think even a company like Microsoft would realize the hubris in fucking with what isn’t broke.

    I also don’t think Valve want to go hardware, like ever. I think Gabe Newell be trolling.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    I think Steam becomes a game streaming app that you can download on pretty mcuh anything. In that regaurd i can see them releasing a dumby console that reflects something close to OnLives efforts. Limited on board memory, mouse/KB support. USB. WiFI. Game Pads. And a monthly service fee plan side by side with the ability to “purchase” games.

    But I highly doubt that Valve makes their own console system like a PS360. I think those type of game systems are a dying breed anyways. Almost everything will be server side in the future, controled by the company running the service.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. fearmonkey

    I just want Half-life 3, please!!!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Edo

    Epic beard is epic.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Lounds

    Fat Robin Williams.

    back to subject, STEAM will never make a hardware device, it would be too costly to them as a company, if they make any hardware I would imagin them to either buyout onlive and intergrate it into STEAM some how.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DarkElfa

    Creating a game store only model would prevent using pirated games but that would be cracked quickly.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. mathare92

    Enjoyed reading that interview. This Penny Arcade Report might turn out to be quite good, innit. Not that surprising with Kuchera pulling the strings.

    #13 3 years ago

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