Gabe Newell Calls Windows 8 a ‘catastrophe’ for PC Game Developers

Speaking at the Casual Connect game conference this week, Valve CEO Gabe Newell described Microsoft's next Windows operating system, Windows 8, as a "catastrophe" for PC game developers. If that isn't an apocalyptic prophecy for gamers, I don't know what is.

Newell told attendees that the issues presented by Windows 8 are at the heart of the company's recent push of the Linux OS. Newell singled out the closed nature of the Windows 8 store, which he describes as a "walled garden." Newell went on to say that the success of walled gardens like Apple's store for iOS is because developers "look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors' access to the platform, and they say 'That's really exciting.'"

"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," he predicted. He added that moving to Linux platform is part of "a hedging strategy" for Valve in the face of Windows 8.

"We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well," he said.

Of course, Linux has its own set of challenges with adoption among less tech-savvy PC consumers.

Source: Tech Radar

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    I dunno I liked most of the newer tries at direct offshoots(pepsi clear was the last one I loved).

    But I think Coke went silly in the head if they thought about new coke replacing coke.

    MS seems to focus to much on one or 2 things in their newer OS,95 had issues but was better than 3.1, 98 was much more polished, ME had issues because they went cheap on new implementations, XP had a mega ton of issues for the first 2-4 years as drivers were a bitch to find for most things.

    2000 was a replacement for NT which I think did well as that, hell even I ran it for awhile but lack of program support I switch back to 98.

    Vista again had poor implantations horrendous license structure and other issues that slowed its market penetration.

    Win7 fixed some of that and was a more polished OS.

    Win8 seems to have the poor implantations of some windose OS's a focus on a new consumer GUI I bet that well go over so well with businesses'. These things will slow market penetration but it seems MS got wise with upgrading plans and I hope they offer better deals for business that would help them a lot.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    I don't care for the interface, I am a details man so the metro means nothing to me, I want to see win8 support most Live games before I switch over.

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    PHX Corp says:

    One of the major reasons why I do like windows 8 is the metro interface(which allows me to use it's new app system to it's advantage aswell as change the start screen colors to suit the day in addition to changing my avatar picture and lock screen). another reason is I can go back to the desktop at any time

    I'm not starting a windows 8 fanboy rant or to sway anyone's opinion on said os, just pointing out some of the features that I currently like(in addition to the Xbox live companion/Xbox 360 Games on Windows 8 service, the video, music and social networking service)

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    Left4Dead says:

    Microsoft has a consistent track record of every other desktop OS being deemed a "failure":

    Windows 95 (failure), Windows 98 (success), Windows Me (failure), Windows NT (success), Windows 2000 (mostly failure, somewhat success), Windows XP (huge success), Windows Vista (failure), Windows 7 (success).

    So, if the trend follows, Windows 8 will be a failure but the next version will not be.  I've seen the previews and alpha builds and have not been terribly impressed but when someone changes up something so iconic and fundamental like the Start menu, problems are bound to happen.  But that's what Service Packs are for.

    -- Left4Dead --

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    PHX Corp says:

    I hate to be a damper on Gabe Newell, But Windows 8 could be a good thing for Gamers who want to control the Xbox 360 through the xbox companion app or purchase games digitally through the xbox 360/Windows 8 Games Storefront or the windows app store

    Just my two cents since I'm typing this through through the release Preview version of windows 8 and on the verge of planning to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro(once it becomes available in October 2012)

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