|binary solo said:
Just to be clear: the majority of rational PS3 fans have nothing against Valve choosing not to develop for PS3. It's their choice. What I (and most others) objected to was the dismissiveness with which they cast aside the PS3 as an unworthy system. I think the words Chet is choosing to use now when talking about the PS3 are much more professional and reasonable. I much prefer to respect the integrity of a developer who says "we don't have the technical expertise to achieve the sort of quality product we demand of ourselves to commit to developing for PS3" than to have to swallow insults like "PS3 is too hard to develop for, so why would we bother?"
Glad to see Chet has changed his tune, regardless of whether Valve ever directly develops for PS3.
They don't lack the technical expertise... they just have a large range of PC systems they have to cater for and they are generally following a similar programming model to the Xbox 360 which is a few general purpose cores with a stronger GPU. It takes a lot of testing to get systems ranging from GTX 7600s all the way to HD 5870s working well and as the PS3 doesn't fit into their programming model it would take a lot more work than its worth for them to do it.