Epic’s Tim Sweeney seems to be happy with Sony’s approach with their consoles for developers. He also thinks of SteamOS as being an open platform and in this process, steering console makers towards an ‘enlightened path’.
Sony has been very forthcoming about its open-ended policies in relation to PlayStation Network. They even allowed Valve to integrate Steam with the Playstation Network., to allow cross-platform play between the PC and PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2. They are completely unlike Microsoft, who has been very strict with its Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live service.
Tim Sweeney was asked about SteamOS and the impact it could make in an interview, posted by Eurogamer. Sweeney was skeptical of Valve’s plan but had confidence that Valve will be able to make it into a success just like they did to Steam. He also think that If SteamOS is a success, Sony and Microsoft can follow suit to more open-ended platforms instead of closed ones.
The possibility of Steambox as a real, genuinely open platform based on Linux with multiple manufacturers that, you know, is jump-started by Valve, but isn’t absolutely controlled by Valve, in the same way that Microsoft and Sony control their platforms. It’s very interesting. You know I think it will also go a long way towards steering the console manufacturers in pursuing an enlightened path and I think Sony has been really good in that direction, letting game developers actually access the outside internet on PlayStation 3 and 4.
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