Valve’s Gabe Newell has revealed in a recent press briefing that he’s very jealous of Nintendo and their work ethic when it comes to video games and consoles. However, he says that they have picked up tips when it comes to making the hardware look as good as possible and designing the software at the same time. Here’s his comments:
“We aren’t going to be talking about it today, but sort of the big thing, the new arrow we have in our quiver, really, is our ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously,” he said.
“We’ve always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo,” he added.
“When Miyamoto is sitting down and thinking about the next version of Zelda or Mario, he’s thinking what is the controller going to look like, what sort of graphics and other capabilities. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things.
“And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he’s designing the software at the same time that’s really going to take advantage of it. So that is something we’ve been jealous of, and that’s something that you’ll see us taking advantage of subsequently.”