Designer says company encourages all game devs to maximize markets
Valve designer Greg Coomer has confirmed that Valve titles will not be exclusive to the Steam Machine in an interview with IGN UK.
He said, “You won’t see an exclusive killer app for SteamOS from us. We’re not going to be doing that kind of thing.”
The same goes for third-party titles, according to Valve’s Anna Sweet who said, “Whenever we talk to third-party partners, we encourage them to put their games in as many places as possible, including not on our platform. Because we think that customers are everywhere, and they want to put their games wherever customers are. That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that’s exclusive to SteamOS or Steam Machines.”
Coomer added, “Or to drive customers there artificially. Because if it can run in both places, we don’t like to create those artificial barriers to accessing content. We believe that, in maybe five years from now, folks will find it a quite antiquated notion that you should assume that when you change devices or platforms, that you lose all of your other games and friends. We’re hoping to unify, to get Steam to be as platform – and context – agnostic as possible. You shouldn’t have to shed that every generation, or even slightly shed it.”
Valve announced that it, along with hardware and software partners, will be showing the Steam Machine at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
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