Newell, who was in New Zealand on a break after the release of Half-Life: Alyx, has not been able to return to the USA after the Covid-19 pandemic.
He appeared on The Project to promote his free concert called 'We Love Aotearoa', hosted in Auckland as a thank you to the citizens for welcoming him to their country. Here's what he had to say about the next-gen consoles.
What did Gabe Newell say about the Xbox Series X?
When questioned about the next-gen consoles, Newell told the presenters that the Xbox is the better console.
The Valve co-founder followed up by adding, "I don't have a stake in that race," alluding to Valve's focus on the PC gaming market, before admitting that "Of the two, I would definitely go for an Xbox."
When asked why he thought the Xbox is the best next-gen console, Newell simply replied, "Because it's better."
You can see Gabe Newell's full interview below:
Why does Gabe Newell prefer the Xbox?
Newell may also prefer Xbox as a partner due to their greater support for the PC as a gaming platform, having made most of their Xbox One exclusives available on the PC via the Microsoft Store or Steam.
PlayStation is also expanding into the PC market, though at a much slower rate, with Horizon Zero Dawnreleasing onto Steam in August.