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Gabe Newell (Valve): Windows 8 to kill PC gaming

Posted on Thursday, July 26 2012 @ 09:30:09 CEST by

HotHardware reports Valve founder Gabe Newell thanks Windows 8 is a disaster for everybody in the PC space and that the company will further embrace Linux. Full details at Tweaktown.
During videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle, Valve boss Gabe Newell branded Windows 8 as "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space". He added that in the fallout from Windows 8 "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."

Newell adds that one of the last remaining things keeping people from trying Linux was the lack of games, but with the company bringing both Steam, and Left 4 Dead 2 to the platform, it could be the start of a new direction for the PC. Newell describes it as "a hedging strategy" and if his predictions of Windows 8 are correct, he says "it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality".


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Re: Gabe Newell (Valve): Windows 8 to kill PC gaming
by Anonymous on Thursday, July 26 2012 @ 12:58:55 CEST
Everyone said Vista was going to be a disaster and then it evolved into Win 7 and now most of the world finds it works just fine.

Has Gabe ever been right? He's hated Nvidia sometimes, ATI/AMD sometimes and even predicted the PC was dead in the 90's and clearly it's not there yet. I'm not sure why people even keep listening to him.

Re: Gabe Newell (Valve): Windows 8 to kill PC gaming
by Anonymous on Sunday, July 29 2012 @ 14:09:39 CEST
Meh, who cares about PC gaming? Steam and Origin have ruined that anyway.

I do agree that Windows 8 will destroy the desktop PC.


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