Wanna continue the adventures of Half-Life's Doctor Gordon Freeman on the PS4 or Xbox One? It could well be possible, as Valve have moved to dispel rumours that their fledgling Steam OS is a vehicle to house first-party exclusive titles.
Though not specifically speaking about Half-Life 3, Valve's Greg Coomer told IGN that the Steam OS was not intended to be a walled-garden for the company's first party properties.
“You won’t see an exclusive killer app for Steam OS from us. We’re not going to be doing that kind of thing,” said Coomer.
And Steam has no intention of "[driving] customers [to the Steam OS] artificially,” Coomer continued. "If it can run in both places, we don’t like to create those artificial barriers to accessing content. 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.”
So, does that mean Half-Life 3, Portal 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 will go multi-platform? It's very likely -- the precedent is already there with earlier entries into the well loved franchises already available across Xbox and PlayStation platforms. The Orange Box in fact is one of the most lauded cross-platform compilations in gaming history. The question now is, would you rather be playing them using Steam's crazy new Steam Box hardware and touch controller? [IGN]