The idea of platform-locked software is antiquated thinking, says Valve.
By Tim Colwill on November 7, 2013 at 8:48 am
Many companies enjoy locking consumers into their proprietary products by making their games exclusive to those platforms (cough cough, Origin and Battlefield 3, cough cough) but Valve have moved to reassure customers that that will not be the case with any future titles.
“You won’t see an exclusive killer app for SteamOS from us,” said Valve’s Greg Comer to IGN. “We’re not going to be doing that kind of thing.”
Valve’s Anna Sweet added that “That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that’s exclusive to SteamOS or Steam machines.”
“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.”
SteamOS, if you missed it, is Valve’s new operating system which will run on their new hardware and allow you to stream games between Steam installations. Read about it here.