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Sony’s ‘very open platform’ excites Valve

Submitted by on Monday, 23 August 20103 Comments

Like lovers reunited, Sony and Valve are in heaven. Ever since their announcement at E3 that Portal 2 will be coming to the PlayStation 3- and that it will be the best console version available – we’ve had non-stop chat from Valve telling us how excited they are to be working with Sony.

Now it’s Erik Johnson’s turn to celebrate this new relationship. Valve’s Project Manager has been telling CVG how excited he is to be working with Sony, especially praising Sony for being “very open” with the PlayStation platform:

“Part of the reason the PS3 project is so exciting to us is because fundamentally Sony views the PS3 as a very open platform for developers and that’s kind of what we feel like. It is better for developers but more importantly it’s better for customers to have as many choices of software to run on whatever device they have.

Having Steam on that platform is incredibly valuable to us. In a lot of ways that is the way we define a customer having a good experience because it’s the way that we keep talking to that customer over time.”

This image of the PlayStation as an open platform has only recently emerged. Sony used to get criticized for being the opposite and Valve were their loudest critics. Clearly the business model has changed over the last year or so and, from the outside looking in, it appears to be for the best.

It seemed unimaginable before that Sony would allow Valve to put a version of Steam on their console. Sure, the exact details of how Steam will work on the PlayStation remain unclear, but if it works half as well as on the PC then we’ll be delighted. In the end, the main people to benefit from this new love affair will be us PlayStation 3 owners.

At the beginning of this article, we described them as being “lovers reunited” and that wasn’t particularly accurate descriptions because they were hardly together in the first place. This relationship is more a case of the one person finding the person they hate the most is actually the one they love. Our only hope is for this not to be a fleeting affair.