Another possibility, as pointed out by IGN, is that the digital storefront itself could be coming to consoles instead of any particular game. Steam is one of, if not the, place to go for PC games. In its 2020 year in review, Steam boasted over 120 million monthly active players and over 2 million new purchasers per month on average. Steam’s library also currently holds over 50,000 titles, which would be an impressive bartering chip for any business partner.
Steam has successfully ported games like “Portal” to console before, but only on occasion. Newell hasn’t elaborated on Valve’s plans to port more games to console since the most recent interview, so it looks like fans really will need to wait until the “end of this year” before they have more of an idea of what Valve has in store. It’s unclear where the move to port games to console lies in Valve’s priority list, considering Newell also told New Zealand-based 1 News that it has multiple new games in development.
In recent months, Newell has granted interviews with multiple local news stations since arriving in Oceania. He apparently moved to New Zealand last year during the pandemic and has stayed there ever since. Though Newell hasn’t announced any plans to move back to the US, he did tell ANZ New Zealand’s Luke Appleby that reports of moving Valve’s offices to New Zealand are false.