This past Friday at the VGAs, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier caught Gabe Newell and asked him if Valve was working on any “interesting software projects”. Gabe replied with an answer I am sure no one saw coming.
“We were working on getting Dota 2 running on some tablets… That ended up being kind of a disappointment. But the good news is that tablets are getting faster very quickly, so I think we’ll get the kind of performance we want and other game developers want in the near future.”
Gabe then followed up with ”It’s a good one for us to test with,”. Possibly hinting at other Valve titles such as half-Life and Left 4 Dead might be getting the same treatment in up coming releases.
Ok, I know what you are all thinking. “How the hell can you play any sort of fast paced strategy game on a tablet?” That’s exactly what I was thinking.
I followed up with a dream world that I have been brewing up for the past year or so. In this world games that you actually want to play, like Dota 2, are optimized for tablets and play just like their PC counter parts. The catch is that you use keyboards and mice vs the touch interface. This in no way kills the purpose of a tablet, it only adds a new function to an already fantastic product.
While Dota 2 on tablets is not possible in todays market due to software and hardware limitations; I expect some Windows 8 tablets hitting the market Q2-Q4 of next year might have the right hardware and software (Windows 8) to make something like this possible. Even a tablet like the Surface Pro (unreleased) could have the potential to run Dota 2 on low settings.
I don’t see a title like this hitting iOS or Android anytime soon, but rest assured I would love to plug my iPad into an external display (20″ and up), connect a keyboard and mouse and get gaming. There is nothing more frustrating than the inaccessibility of PC gaming. But thats another article for another day.