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 Portal 2  PS3 Has Cross-Platform Multiplayer, Free PC Version
Portal 2 PS3 Has Cross-Platform Multiplayer, Free PC Version
January 18, 2011 | By Kris Graft

January 18, 2011 | By Kris Graft
More: Console/PC

Valve Software revealed more details about the previously-announced Steam support for the PlayStation 3 version of the upcoming puzzle-heavy shooter Portal 2.

Newly-announced Steam features in the PS3 version of the game include support for PC/Mac-to-PS3 multiplayer play, cloud-based storage of PS3 save games and cross-platform chat (there is no announced support for PS3-to-PC/Mac cloud-based game saves).

When the game launches on PS3 in April this year, it will be the first time that PC-derived Steam functionality will appear on any home console. The game is coming to PS3, PC, Mac and Xbox 360, the latter of which will not have Steam functionality.

PlayStation 3 gamers who buy Portal 2 will also be able to unlock a Steam Play copy of the game (i.e. the full PC/Mac version) for free by linking their PlayStation Network accounts with Steam.

In the PS3's earlier years, Valve head Gabe Newell had been critical of PS3's complex architecture, and in more recent years admitted a relative lack of support for Valve PS3 games. But at E3 in 2010, Newell said the PS3 version would be the best console version of the game.

"We made a promise to gamers at E3 that Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 would be the best console version of the product," said Valve president Gabe Newell in a statement.

"Working together with Sony we have identified a set of features we believe are very compelling to gamers. We hope to expand upon the foundation being laid in Portal 2 with more Steam features and functionality in DLC and future content releases," he added.

"We designed the Portal 2 PS3 experience to be very straightforward for gamers," explained Portal 2 project lead Josh Weier. "PS3 gamers will be able to simply drop the Blu-Ray disc in the PS3, link to their Steam account from inside the game, and all their Steam friends (on PC and Mac) will be visible and accessible for chat and game invites."

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warren blyth
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How will Microsoft PR react to Xbox being the only outsider in this equation?

How long will it take for another game to follow Portal2's example, and cement this value proposition?

Very curious how this will play out for all involved parties. I know I'll be buying the PS3 version to check this out, but plan to play it mostly on PC.

Emperador Alencio
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Wow, excellent.....please developers, if you start doing this for first person shooter dont forget to include mouse and keyboard compatibility....thanks :-)

Jordan Laine
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"PlayStation 3 gamers who buy Portal 2 will also be able to unlock a Steam Play copy of the game (i.e. the full PC/Mac version) for free by linking their PlayStation Network accounts with Steam."

A thousand Thank Yous, I would love to see more of this from Valve and other developers.

Jose Enrique D'Arnaude
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While I am a FPS PC player (I only play FPS on PC, not even TPS), I must say that the lock on keyboard/mouse on consoles is something that must be done.

Portal is not a FFA game, its about colaboration, thus enabling it wont annoy people. But imagine a COD version that enables keyboard/mouse, there would be a unbalance between keyboard/mouse and pad players (keyboard/mouse is far superior to pad on palyer within the same skill range).

This might be a Steam new era if games within may use its service to communicate between PS3/PC.

Matt Fleming
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It's about time Valve gave the PS3 some respect.

Luis Guimaraes
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Interesting, same as Epic did to UT3. Hope more games come like this.

Gil Salvado
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I really do hope they're going to prove that cross-platform MP works and helps selling their product as well, because I believe that's the major issue about it.

But there won't be any cross-console MP titles. Not a chance.

Glenn Sturgeon
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Two versions for the price of one.

This may pan out to be a good thing for steam/psn users, but i'm not sure the game will be a big seller on consoles.(we shall see)

If Portal2 dosen't sell well on ps3 this may end up being the only ps3 title with steam support..?

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Oh my...I think I may cry.

I'm officially jelly for PS3. If this continues, I'll be turning in my 360.

Just stopped paying for Live anyway. Don't use any of the features other than, oh, the game related ones.