Valve’s Steamworks, a service that integrates Steam account info with other systems, has already been proven to work on consoles with the release of Portal 2 on PS3 earlier this year. Now the mega-dev wants their system on the 360, and the recently announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive seems like the place to put it.
“We certainly can deliver a lot of value to customers to the degree to which we have those capabilities,” Valve boss Gabe Newell told Eurogamer.
“The PS3, obviously we made a lot more progress with that. The PS3 customers of Portal 2 are going to start to see the benefits of that with Portal 2 DLC coming out in September. So we’d really like to be able to do that for Xbox customers as well.”
But what are the chances of the service – which allows for friends lists, steam achievements and cross-platform play – actually appearing on 360? “The main thing is having Microsoft get comfortable with it and let us do it,” Newell continued.
“Right now, there’s a huge amount of updates and free content we’ve been able to deliver to people who have The Orange Box that we haven’t been able to deliver to the Xbox because of the restrictions that have been placed on us on Xbox Live.
“We’d love to see those relaxed. Other developers on the PS3 are starting to benefit from Sony’s more open approach. Hopefully that will help Microsoft see that’s a good strategy for making customers happy, that the barbarians won’t tear down the walls of Xbox and turn it into some chaotic wasteland.”
It would be kind of awesome if barbarians did tear down the walls of Xbox and turn it into some chaotic wasteland though, wouldn’t it?