Gabe Newell says Xbox Series X is better than PS5

It may have been a rough few days for Microsoft but the co-founder of Valve has come out to say that he prefers Xbox Series X to Sony’s next gen console.

It seems fair to say that the response to the Xbox Games Showcase last week, and in particular the first gameplay demo of Halo Infinite, did not go down as well as Microsoft was hoping, but the next gen console war between Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 is far from over and Xbox seems to have picked up a new ally.

You may have read that Valve co-founder Gabe Newell spent the lockdown in New Zealand, since that’s where he happened to be when it started (he enjoyed it so much he ended up paying for a free concert). Taking advantage of that fact, he was interviewed by a local news team and they naturally asked him which he thought was the best next gen console.

He didn’t seem to hesitate in saying that it was the Xbox Series X, although the only explanation he offered for why it was better was, ‘because it is’.

‘I don’t have a stake in that race,’ said Newell. ‘Obviously, we do most of our development on personal computers, but of the two I would definitely go with an Xbox.’

Newell is presumably referring to the fact that the Xbox Series X is more powerful in terms of technical specifications, although so far the PlayStation 5 has had the more impressive technical demos and has a faster SSD.

Valve has never been very interested in consoles though and hasn’t released a game on one since Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012 (don’t worry, we’d forgotten there were console versions too).

They’ve released nothing on either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and Newell’s comments seem to imply that they have nothing planned for the next gen either.

The last time Newell professed a preference for a console it was the PlayStation 3, with him even appearing at one of Sony’s pre-E3 conferences to promote Portal 2.

The PlayStation 3 was the most powerful console of its generation but often had trouble proving it, as it was difficult to develop for, and the less powerful Xbox 360 became the dominant console for multiformat releases.

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