The last few months of 2020 will 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, has already made his choice: Microsoft Xbox Series X.
Appearing on the New Zealand talk show The Project, Newell asked the owner which console would be better. “Xbox,” he said, mocking the audience. Clicking on whether this was an advantage in his years at Microsoft, he added: “I have no part in this race. Most of our development is done on personal computers, but of the two I would definitely go with the Xbox . ”
Newell was a Microsoft developer for a decade, during which time he worked on the first Windows operating system. He was one of Microsoft’s famous “millionaires” – in the 80’s and early 90’s, people who made millions of dollars on consumer technology were new enough for such people to earn a scam – and used the money to search for Valve . In addition to creating the acclaimed Half-Life franchise, which saw a rare new release on Alyx back in March, Valve also created Steam, making Newell a billionaire.
Newell often spoke of his dislike of developing games for consoles (not PCs), but had previously been particularly hostile to Sony consoles. Criticizing the PlayStation 3’s design architecture in 2007, he called the platform’s development a “waste of time.”
Newell was involved in a project to promote a festival he went bankrupt in New Zealand. He explained that he was vacationing with his family in the country when the coronavirus shutdowns took effect in March, and then they decided to stay in the country instead of returning to the United States. “Let’s have a big party to say thank you for the hospitality and generosity we received.”