Half-Life 3, whether it actually exists or not, is quite easily the single most eagerly anticipated game in al of videogamedom. Valve could quite probably take over the entire planet as our new overlords if they made that game exclusive to Steam Machines and its intrinsic SteamOS. Only that’s not going to happen.
Speaking to IGN, Valve’s Greg Comer affirmed that that’s just not the Valve way of doing things.
"You won’t see an exclusive killer app for SteamOS from us. We’re not going to be doing that kind of thing," Comer said. .
Valve’s Anna Sweet added that the company even pushes third party developers and publishers to release their games on as many platforms as possible.
"Whenever we talk to third-party partners, we encourage them to put their games in as many places as possible, including not on our platforms,” she said.
"Because we think that customers are everywhere, and they want to put their games wherever customers are. That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that’s exclusive to SteamOS or Steam machines."
Comer went on to say the Valve doesn’t want to "create those artificial barriers to accessing content,”
“…in maybe five years from now, folks will find it a quite antiquated notion that you should assume that when you change devices or platforms, that you lose all of your other games and friends. We’re hoping to unify, to get Steam to be as platform- and context-agnostic as possible. You shouldn’t have to shed that every generation, or even slightly shed it.”
So you won’t need to run SteamOS – but you’ll probably want to.
Last Updated: November 5, 2013