Valve: PS3 open strategy 'better for customers'

Open platform fits with studio's stategy, says Valve

The PlayStation 3's open platform status makes it "better for customers" than more closed-off platforms, Valve has told CVG.

Speaking at Gamescom last week, the studio's s Erik Johnson told CVG that having Steamworks on PS3 is "incredibly valuable" to both Valve and customers.

"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," he said.

"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."

In the same interview Johnson told us that working on Sony's platform is "incredibly important" to Valve and it's already got PS3 experts working away on the platform.

Who would've expected to see these comments six months ago, eh?