All Valve Xbox 360 games but one on Games on Demand

Despite Valve Managing Director Gabe Newell’s extreme pessimism for Windows 8, it doesn’t appear his company’s relationship with Microsoft has been hampered by his views. In fact, today the company released The Orange Box on Xbox’s Games on Demand, making all of its Xbox 360 products except the original Left 4 Dead available through the console’s digital distribution platform.

The addition of The Orange Box marks the third game Valve has released through Games on Demand, following Portal 2 (released on July 10) and Left 4 Dead 2 (released on July 24). The expanded version of original Portal, Portal: Still Alive, was released on Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade platform on October 22, 2008. Additionally, the company plans to release Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Xbox Live Arcade later this month.

Interestingly, Games on Demand is now the only non-Steam digital distribution platform Valve has released its games on, although PlayStation Network will also see the release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive next month. While the Left 4 Dead series hasn’t seen a PlayStation 3 release, both The Orange Box and Portal 2 were released on physical media for Sony’s console. Valve hasn’t released any of its titles on a computer digital distribution system besides Steam.

Valve’s had an odd history with Microsoft on the console front, with Newell praising the system’s ease of development in its early years before later chastising Microsoft’s lack of an open network with Xbox Live.

Conversely, Newell was originally critical of the PlayStation 3’s development difficulty, and the PlayStation 3 version of The Orange Box was actually ported by an internal Electronic Arts studio. Newell later praised Sony for creating a more open network and allowing Steam to operate on the PlayStation 3. The game studio developed Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 internally and even included cross-platform play with computer users and more advanced anti-aliasing methods in comparison to the Xbox 360 version.

Valve has yet to announce a digital release for any of its previously released PlayStation 3 games through Sony’s PlayStation Network.

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Gabe opens his mouth to whoever has the money. He was anti-ps3 then sony probably handed him some money now he loves it. Some linux devs probably handed him some money and hes anti-win8. Gabe is a hooker that will smile pretty for whoever is holding the cheque.

Colin McGregor said,
Gabe opens his mouth to whoever has the money. He was anti-ps3 then sony probably handed him some money now he loves it. Some linux devs probably handed him some money and hes anti-win8. Gabe is a hooker that will smile pretty for whoever is holding the cheque.

Three things:
1. Sony was willing to be more open and allow Valve more control over their games. (Steam on PS3)
2. Where the hell do developers of a free, open source, non profit distro get wads of cash to bribe Newell.
3. Were John Carmack, and the dozens of other developers bribed to hate on Windows 8's closed nature?

Colin McGregor said,
Gabe opens his mouth to whoever has the money. He was anti-ps3 then sony probably handed him some money now he loves it. Some linux devs probably handed him some money and hes anti-win8. Gabe is a hooker that will smile pretty for whoever is holding the cheque.

Bingo...

He thinks that by saying crap, it will generate access or money from the companies he is upset with at the moment, or spark opportunities with someone with money that likes what he is saying.

Sony was mud at one time, and once they got Sony support and cash, it was magically the most brilliant technology ever. They no longer had issues with the parallel compiler optimization issues on the Cell or the older VS/PS dedicated GPU. They magically were fixed by putting money in his pocket.

It is companies like Valve that have retarded the gaming industry by throwing support behind outdated technologies and following their checkbook rather than exploring or using the latest technologies available.

They have targeted the lowest common denominator in technology because they do NOT want to rethink their engine designs and continue to find the cheap way forward instead of delivering the best product for customers.

Sadly money is a strong motivator and will make people say just about anything. I can think of a lot of people in the industry that change their position and 'technical' stance on things based only on money and not the actual technology.

Reacon said,

Three things:
1. Sony was willing to be more open and allow Valve more control over their games. (Steam on PS3)
2. Where the hell do developers of a free, open source, non profit distro get wads of cash to bribe Newell.
3. Were John Carmack, and the dozens of other developers bribed to hate on Windows 8's closed nature?

1 >

I would love to see Steam on the xbox but truthfully the reason Sony went with it is because they were losing. Historically they are one of the most closed and proprietary companies ever but the succes of xbl forced their hand.

2 >

Gabe does not want any competition and the Win8 and Apple stores represent just that. Linux is the last place he can be the only guy on the block. I guarantee that if MS approached him and wanted to make a deal for Steam to be the online gaming store for Win8 he'd love it to death.

3 >

If it were up to Carmack everyone would still be using XP. He does not believe in upgrading since that "does everything he needs". He's been making the same game over and over so it is understandable. As for the supposed closed nature of Win8 - Windows RT is the only closed loop and that isn't for gaming. The rest is just bs. It is not any more closed to Steam than Win7. It does offer another way to download games so Gabe has taken to whining to try and get what he wants. Not the first time. Steam is a tremendous product and Portal is one of my favorite games ever but he is a useless loudmouth.

The only thing Gabe needs to be scared of his how well integrated the 360 or the next XBox will be with Windows 8. It would be pretty solid if say the next Halo was a Windows 8 Store and XBox exclusive and Win8 was capable of chatting with Xbox users. Easy way to make some competition.

They wouldn't do that though, customers would like that too much.

thenetavenger said,
It is companies like Valve that have retarded the gaming industry by throwing support behind outdated technologies and following their checkbook rather than exploring or using the latest technologies available.

They have targeted the lowest common denominator in technology because they do NOT want to rethink their engine designs and continue to find the cheap way forward instead of delivering the best product for customers.

You're kidding right? Tell me you're kidding.

Valve targets the lowest common denominator because it gives them the largest audience. It also means they use tried and tested technology that they've already built for, so they can actually got on with stuff, rather than having to constantly update their libraries to use the latest and greatest technologies, alienating customers that stuck with older techs.

And with regard to "delivering the best product for customers", Valve have to my memory never made a bad game, and their showcase game is ranked as the best of all time so far. So who are you trying to kid? Just because a company prefers to think about it's customers and actually getting **** done doesn't make their products bad, in fact it makes their products better than most, especially to those who don't keep up with the latest PC upgrades or OS.

Jaybonaut said,
Unfortunate that it never gets updated unlike the PC versions.

Indeed, but Microsoft's restrictive (and costly) certification process is to blame for that.