Valve co-founder: PS3 'a waste of everybody's time'
If you happen to be a PS3 Cell chip, stay the heck away from Valve's Gabe Newell because he doesn't like you very much.
In fact, during an [Register or Login to view links] with U.K. rag Edge, Newell made it clear that he thinks Sony's entire next generation console is "a waste of everybody's time."
"Investing in the Cell, investing in the SPE gives you no long-term benefits. There's nothing there that you're going to apply to anything else. You're not going to gain anything except a hatred of the architecture they've created. I don't think they're going to make money off their box. I don't think it's a good solution," Newell said.
Right now, Newell's correct: Sony doesn't make a dime off the PS3 because it's selling the console as a loss leader, and plans to make its money back off licensing for popular games like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Square Enix's Final Fantasy IP. That said, when one your biggest Japanese franchises jumps ship to the competition because of high development costs attributed to the PS3's architecture, it doesn't help matters (Monster Hunter 3 is now Wii-exclusive).
Newell, whose Orange Box Xbox 360/PC compilation received rave reviews following its launch earlier this week, has long been a vocal critic of Sony's PS3 strategy. Earlier this year he asked Sony to scrap the PS3 and start fresh with a "do over."