Gabe Newell says Windows 8 is shit

Gabe Newell says Windows 8 is shit

Valve head—and one-time Microsoft employee—Gabe Newell has branded Windows 8 “a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space” at videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle. The Valve boss continued, saying that in the fallout from Windows 8, “we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people.” Newell criticised Windows 8 while talking about the future of the gaming industry, and you can read everything he said atVentureBeat.

He argued that one of the last remaining things keeping people away from Linux was the lack of games. Valve is working to bring Left 4 Dead 2 and other Steam titles to Linux in a move that Newell describes as “a hedging strategy.” If his predictions about Windows 8 come true, he says “it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”


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  1. Hideo

    I don’t think he believes it is actually shit – quite the opposite.

    "Newell is not a disinterested third party. Valve makes money from the commission it takes on Steam sales. Windows 8, with its built-in Windows Store, challenges that revenue source. Features such as Xbox LIVE integration could make the Windows Store and Windows 8 a more appealing platform for gamers and developers alike than Steam."

  2. Thyrd

    I doubt that quite a bit, seeing as GFWL has been forced upon PC gamers for years and everybody fucking loathes it. Including it with Win8 and attempting to force it upon users isn’t going to change microsofts total ineptitude when it comes to PC gaming support. At best they’ll dig their hooks into what remains of the casual market with shit like angry birds.

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