Valve's Gabe Newell 'would definitely go with' Xbox Series X over PlayStation 5

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Xbox Series X (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's upcoming next-generation console.
  • It should launch in Holiday 2020.
  • Valve's Gabe Newell was recently asked which upcoming next-generation console was better.
  • He said that the Xbox Series X was better, probably due to its specifications advantage over the PlayStation 5.

Gabe Newell is the President of Valve Corporation, the company behind acclaimed games and technology like Half-Life and Steam, respectively. He has been in New Zealand for the past several weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. He went there on vacation with his family, but due to the severe situation in the United States, decided to stay in the country to stay safe rather than risk exposure during prolonged international travel.

In order to thank the country and its people for their hospitality, he's putting on a show with lots of artists and other forms of technology. While discussing his decision to stay in New Zealand and the event, the hosts of a local show called The Project asked Newell which upcoming next-generation console was better, the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 (PS5). He immediately said that the "Xbox" was better. You can take a look at the interview below, with the next-generation console discussion at the 3-minute mark.

The Xbox... because it is... As you know, I don't have a stake in that race so, obviously, we do most of our development on personal computers so... but of the two, I would definitely go with an Xbox.

While Newell didn't provide further clarification, his reasoning seems to stem from the specifications of both devices. You can take a look at them below.

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CategoryXbox Series XPS5
Processor8 cores @ 3.8 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPUVariable 8 cores @ 3.5 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU
Graphics12.155 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2Variable 10.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz Custom RDNA 2
Memory16 GB GDDR616 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s448 GB/s
Internal Storage1 TB Custom NVME SSD825GB Custom NVME SSD
I/O Throughput2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed)5.5 GB/s (Raw), 8-9 GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage1 TB Custom SSD expansion cardNVMe SSD slot

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37 Comments
  • It was kinda obvious from the start. But some people tried to muddy the waters. Series X has the advantage in more Ray Tracing power, more GPU power, slightly more CPU power, faster Memory, and now we know game asset streaming from the SSD Sony has no advantage on, thanks to some amazing engineering with Velocity Architecture. As many expected they would 3rd parties that have no affiliation with Sony or MS would tell it how it is. Have to remember UE5 was demoed on a PS5 at 1440p, 30fps and no Ray Tracing used at all. That should have rung a few bells to people. In terms of what to expect from PS5. In fact Sony has said most of their games will continue to be 30fps. It's not a hate post. This is just facts. Facts that people tried to muddle. I'm sure if you don't care about framerates, resolutions and Ray Tracing then the confirmations you'll get over the next few months about Series X having a decent power advantage isnt going to bother you. People have been playing 30fps Sony first party games for a long time now.
  • Xbox is undoubtedly the better hardware. Most arguments are that PS has the better games. Hard to deny this gen, but not so clear once all the new MS studios put out games
  • Yeah games are subjective. Liking a gane or not is entirely down to someones opinion. The silly part of all of it was people thinking there was some magic wand that somehow helped the PS5. It seems there is quite a disparity in terms of some of its graphical capabilites. Larger than what PS4 Pro to Xbox One X is. These people should have just stayed quiet and waited on the games to arrive and buy whatever system they needed for the games coming out they like.
  • Well, best or better console itself is subjective. If we look at console history, the more powerful console almost always was the less popular. The one with the greater library (and with more exclusives) almost ever was the more popular. But yeah, for MS's fanboy it's all about POWER, POWER, POWER... since 2016.
  • I wonder if relying on game exclusives is a sustainable business model?
  • It's worked for Nintendo.
  • To be fair, since the 360/PS3 it has been the more powerful system getting more sales (I'm not including Nintendo as it is carving its own path) so that is definitely where consumer buying tendencies are heading.
  • @Sin
    Well early on PS4 was more powerful but it was also cheaper and had the bigger library.
    But later I don't think the X or pro sold better than the S and the PS4 slim.
    I wouldn't think they would have discontinued the X over the S if it was selling better..
  • Not when talking about power. As Gabe is. Consumer value is up to the consumer. If they want the best quality 3rd party titles and like MS exclusives that they announce then they will go with that. If they prefer the exclusives that Sony announce and don't mind weaker 3rd parties then they will buy A PS5. Valve have both sets of devkit so they know first hand what the boxes are capable of.
  • In this case he was talking about power, clearly. So it's not subjective.
  • @Asher Madan.
    That reminds me, do you remember when your God Spencer said "Power is a subjective term"?
    https://www.shacknews.com/article/81899/microsoft-vp-play-the-games-not-... Anyway, here we're talking about preference of an individual so yes, it IS subjective.
    Do you remember when you were on ICXM or whatever that was called? You were 100% XB1 "fan" at that time even though it was the weaker console. At that time you had your preference and it was not based on power...
    Do you remember that time?
  • I fail to see what any of that has to do with Gabe Newell an industry legend developer answering point blank what console is more powerful. He answered pretty bluntly. "because it is". He almost appears a bit dumb founded that he has to answer it. Like it's point blank obvious. Now if he answered from a games perspective then the answer might be different. His answer ain't subjective at all. It's factual. Answering what console you might get for the games you like would be a subjective answer.
  • Are you joking?
    Did you even watch the interview? The question is simple "which is better?"
    Now "which is the most powerful". You really got to stop lying, you sound like a fool.
  • He says "most development work we do is on PC, but Xbox is the choice of console". He's telling you as a developer which is the stronger platform. If you can't see that then your about as big a fanboy as you can get. No developer has ever answered which is better based on games. Especially games that aren't even released. Developers comment on power only. Always have always will. I actually can't believe your trying to spin this that he is talking about games. Especially considering they aren't even released yet. I'm literally dying of laughter here. True colours and all that. True colours.
  • Everyone has he's own preference. You see I'm a gamer, so I prefer to get a console that will have games made for it. Not a console who is just there to host services and f2p titles, services that are designed to try to make me pay more and more money. You see it's a preference. Meaning subjectivity. A dev prefers power? Cool, it doesn't make the console better or worst. It's just a personal opinion. Gee, you MS fanboys can't understand simple English. LOL
  • Not a shock. However, MS has become a little more Steam-friendly compared to Sony, so keep that in mind.
  • Well duh, it's the most powerful. Also the best deal with game pass
  • No shocker here.. PS5 isn't better than Series X in any way and not even the SSD that is. 0.5 slower than Series X SFS and VA. Has nothing to do with Games coming to Steam :P
  • Competition is a great thing
  • "I don’t have a stake in that race."
    Well he kinda does. Steam have business ties with XB and not PS. PS has business ties with Epic, Steam's main competition. This is like Tim Sweeney "promoting" the PS5. But it looks like MS fanboys are running with it and try to turn it into ammo for their console war. At the end of the day, which is better remains subjective. People will make their own choice. I wonder why people still try to convince others to get a certain console by trying to make their opinion sound like facts.
  • Both Sony and MS have business ties wth both Steam and Epic though...
  • All future XB games are going to steam not Epic. At least not for now...
  • Yep ironically MS have loads more games first party being made in Unreal Engine 5. So this whole point of Epic is Sony and Steam is MS is just massive diversion. The problem is Gabe Newell is an industry legend. Who's words hold weight and always have. That's why some people are getting their knickers in a twist. The Xbox still won't have PS exclusives on it. So if you want those games you have to buy a PS. At this point though it makes it far easier for me to leave getting a PS5 for 3 or 4 years. As multuplats will be best on Xbox and Xbox has announced more first party games. So it saves me money over the beginning of the generation.
  • Well, I would think most gamers already have hardware that would be capable of playing upcoming MS games that were shown on their showcase. This is just XB1 X all over again. Hype about all powerful console, and when it comes to show what that console can do, all your FP games looks like old gen games and kill it after 3 years as the new "most powerful" comes around. ofc PC gamers already have hardware that can play MS's future games. People with an XB1 can play also play most (if not all) of MS's FP games. I don't think I saw a single person who mostly plays on PS or Nintendo get excited about MS's showcase. I've even seen MS gamers upset about it. The only people I've seen who are 100% positive about what MS showed were mostly fanboys like you. People who would buy what MS is selling them regardless. Just mindless sheep who do and say what their master company tells them... :)
  • Nope. The Medium requires the SSD. So I can't play it if I don't have one. And it's already one of my most anticipated games. Especially due to the fixed camera angles. I've been waiting for a developer to go back to cinematic Horror over 3rd person or first person.
  • Medium is TIMED exclusive. TIMED!! Also it's on PC at launch. please stop your bs.
  • He really doesn't though, and it's clear he was talking about hardware.
  • Go read the article or watch the video again. The question asked was "which is better".
    "Which console is better" is clearly a subjective question. He didn't ask which is the most powerful. That's YOUR reason why YOU think it's better. ofc back in 2014 when you were on ICXM you didn't think PS4 was better even though it was the more powerful.
    You are just another of those hypocrites (like Spencer) who suddenly decided Power was everything just when MS had the more powerful hardware, you probably downplayed it and said stuff like "Power is a subjective term" like Spencer way back when PS4 was more powerful.
  • He's a developer. They always talk power of a console. Is stake comment was a jibe at Tim Sweeney and his financial ties to Sony. And then basically put Tim Sweeney in the ground by flat out saying Xbox was the better of the 2. Power!!!! That's why he mentions development. This is to funny. The pain I see is real. So much back tracking needed over this SSD PS5 nonsense. Many of us tried to tell you PS fanboys. But you didn't want to listen. Now your looking silly.
  • Ah more lies...
    Pain? What pain? I already have hardware capable of playing ALL XB games. I'm great. :) It's funny how you stupid MS fanboys along with that liar Spencer used to downplay power and resolution. https://www.shacknews.com/article/81899/microsoft-vp-play-the-games-not-... Do you remember back in 203-2015? When power didn't matter to you as you were fanboying over the original XB1? aahh you S/XB fanboys always make me laugh at how hypocrite you are... :)
  • Dude is old to be talking consoles. Let the kids decide what they tell their parents and he can continue with steam pc.
  • WTF? Now there is an age limit on talking consoles? That makes little sense, I got my PC gaming out the way when I was a teenager in the late 90s. I much prefer consoles now. I only just started a little back to PC because of Game Pass, but my console is still my go to.
  • MS exclusives should stick with consoles and won't release PC version like Sony.
  • That doesn't make sense from a Microsoft standpoint. PC's run windows, which is an MS product. If you use a PC you are more likely to use MS services, which is good for MS, PCs are also fully integrated with XBL and now Gamepass. Gamers need to understand that MS has multiple streams of revenue by having content on both PC and Xbox. It doesn't need to sell the most hardware like Sony does, which is why MS is as if not more profitable than Sony is.
  • In that case, MS should leave the console thing and release their controllers only. The majority of console gamers own PS instead of XB just because of their exclusives which includes GoW, TLOU, Uncharted etc.