Perhaps the system isn't indeed worth their time, but there is money to made on Playstation 3 (we'd buy Left 4 Dead) and we find it surprising they don't hire a team to, at the very least, give development on the PS3 a shot. After all, they're one of the best third-party development houses in the world - there's no doubt PS3 owners would buy their games and, well, the team must be more than capable of developing on another system, regardless of the weeks or so of man hour they could put into - again - at the least research the system.
Is owner Gabe Newell going to research the PS3 though? As clarified in an interview with Geoff Keighley where Newell clarifies, "No [we're not working on the PS3]. Not in any way".
Newell has consistently had beef with the Playstation 3 since its inception - inherently because of its "awkward" design structure. Interestingly, we're still talking about one of the most renowned development houses in the world here.
Newell would like to apologise to PS3 owners however, regarding the inferior version of The Orange Box that launched on the system:
"If you look at the customers that I feel we've done the worst job at taking care of is the people who bought our product on the PS3 - Orange Box on PS3. Those are the people who I have trouble saying anything to other than 'Yeah, I'm sorry. You have legitimate beef with us.'"</blockquote>
Still, can a development team who can't even bother to look into another architecture really be considered one of the best in the world? Really?
<span>We're not sure Gabe Newell. We're just not sure.