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Valve: 'Xbox Live is a train wreck'

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Valve Software
Valve has called Xbox Live a train wreck over its ability to update software.

The firm said that it hoped Microsoft would resolve the ability to regularly add downloadable content to games after the release of Team Fortress 2.

"We thought that there would be something that would emerge," managing director Gabe Newell told PC Gamer.

"Because we figured it was a sort of untenable, 'Oh yeah, we understand that these are the rules now, but it’s such a train wreck that something will have to change'."

Product Manager Erik Johnson explained that the firm "blindly" gave the PC version of the game copious updates without considering the Xbox 360 version.

"We did kind of blindly go off and build… you know what we’ve done in TF2 because you’ve played TF2, right?" he said.

"We built a lot of things. So there is this business issue of how do you keep delivering software, which we did kind of think we could resolve in some way. Market forces are dictating it should be resolved.

"But then memory’s a problem for us now - we’ve added all these things, so you have to consider those budgets at this point."

He added: "I mean it’s a trade-off. I don’t know how to evaluate that trade-off today. TF2 on the PC side has delivered a huge amount of value, but we’ve screwed up on the other side."

Newell also said that he was "really happy" with the arrangement to bring Steamworks to the PS3 version of Portal 2 when it releases on February 9 next year.

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