The last months of 2020 offer gamers a difficult question: Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5? Both Microsoft and Sony are releasing their next-generation consoles ahead of the holiday shopping season. Gabe Newell, co-founder of Half-Life Valve developer, has already made his choice: Microsoft’s Microsoft X Series.
At the presentation of The New Project in New Zealand, a host asked Newell which console would be best. “The Xbox,” he said bluntly, due to a member of an audience. When asked if this preference stems from his years working at Microsoft, he added, “I don’t have a stake in this career. We do most of our development on personal computers, but of the two it would surely happen with an Xbox.”
Newell was a Microsoft developer for more than a decade during which he worked on the first Windows operating system. He was one of the famous “Microsoft Millionaires,” in the 80s and early 90s, people who made millions of dollars in consumer technology were new enough for these people to earn a moniker and used that money to co-found the valve. . In addition to creating the Half-Life franchise, which saw a rare new release on Alyx in March, Valve also created Steam, making Newell a billionaire.
Newell has frequently spoken of his displeasure with the development of games for consoles (rather than PCs), but has previously been especially hostile to Sony consoles. Criticizing the design architecture of PlayStation 3 in 2007, he said it was developed for the platform “a waste of time.”
Newell was involved in the project to promote a festival he manages in New Zealand. He explained that he was on holiday with his family in the country when the coronavirus blockades began to take effect in March, and they then decided to stay in the country instead of returning to the United States. “We put on a great party, a way to give thanks for the hospitality and generosity we’ve been receiving.”