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Gabe Newell Calls PlayStation 3 A Waste of Time

| 11 Oct 2007 15:32
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Valve big dog Gabe Newell doesn't like the PlayStation 3, and he doesn't care who knows it.

Speaking in an interview with Next-Gen.biz, Newell said that while he expects gamers will be happy with the PlayStation 3 version of the Orange Box being developed by an EA-led team, "I think it's harder to get it to the same standard as the 360 and PC versions."

Newell stood by comments he made earlier in the year, in which he called the PlayStation 3 a "disaster" and suggested Sony should cancel the entire project and start over. "I think (PlayStation 3 is) a waste of everybody's time," he said. "Investing in the Cell, investing in the SPE gives you no long-term benefits. There's nothing there that you're going to apply to anything else. You're not going to gain anything except a hatred of the architecture they've created."

"I don't think they're going to make money off their box," he added. "I don't think it's a good solution."

Newell also took the opportunity to discuss his thoughts on Microsoft's direction with the Xbox 360, standalone physics cards and the future of Steam. The full text of the interview is available here. Valve's Orange Box, featuring the Half-Life 2 collection, Team Fortress 2 and Portal, is now available via Steam and regular retail outlets.

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