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Portal 2 PS3 Includes Cross-Platform Play, PC/Mac Versions

In a perfect world, every PS3 game will ship with Steamworks support from now on.

As expected, the PS3 version of Portal 2 will feature full cross-platform compatibility with the PC and Mac versions of the game. According to a recent press release, PS3 owners will be able to chat and jump into matchmaking with PC and Mac users, and they’ll also be able to save their game using Steam’s cloud-based service, ensuring that progress is never lost when switching platforms.

And speaking of different platforms, the PC and Mac version of Portal 2 will also come free to PS3 users who link their PSN and Steam accounts, much like how the Mac version of a Steam Play game comes free to PC owners.    

  

  

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

The PS3 version of Portal 2 was announced back at Sony’s E3 2010 press briefing and traditional Steamworks functionality was promised at the event. This version of the game is still slated to ship day and date with the PC, Mac, and Xbox 360 versions in April, 2011.
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Posted by BradNicholson

As expected, the PS3 version of Portal 2 will feature full cross-platform compatibility with the PC and Mac versions of the game. According to a recent press release, PS3 owners will be able to chat and jump into matchmaking with PC and Mac users, and they’ll also be able to save their game using Steam’s cloud-based service, ensuring that progress is never lost when switching platforms.

And speaking of different platforms, the PC and Mac version of Portal 2 will also come free to PS3 users who link their PSN and Steam accounts, much like how the Mac version of a Steam Play game comes free to PC owners.    

  

  

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

The PS3 version of Portal 2 was announced back at Sony’s E3 2010 press briefing and traditional Steamworks functionality was promised at the event. This version of the game is still slated to ship day and date with the PC, Mac, and Xbox 360 versions in April, 2011.
Edited by OneAndOnlyBigE

Awesome!! Another reason to get a PS3.

Posted by ComradeCrash

Wow...thats so cool!

Posted by JRoo

That is actually really cool.

Posted by HiImMikeCruz

If I could preorder PS3 games to get hats for TF2 that would be amazing.

Posted by noby_guy

Valve...I heart you.

Posted by stalefishies

This is pretty damn fantastic, I hope this becomes a new standard.

Posted by SmasheControllers

Holy Fuck, Really. This sounds awesome!

Posted by wewantsthering

A bummer for us XB360 owners! :-( Good on Sony for being open though!

Posted by Vorbis

Had planned to get it on PC but if it comes with the PS3 version I might aswell get that. I think Portal 2 with Move support would be the thing to push me into picking one up, get on it Valve.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Neat! Be even better if I had Steam on a computer that could run Portal 2, but then, I wouldn't be buying the PS3 version, now would I? But now I can play co-op with my PC owning friend(s) now. 

Posted by Skald

Nice. I never thought Sony would let something like this happen.

Posted by Frankavich

This is the future of video games, not one console, but mutiplatform compatability.

Posted by Foggen

Sold.

Posted by Cubic

I hope other games have similar steamworks support, I wonder how open Valve will be with that stuff. It'd be great if my PS3 trophies in Portal 2 unlocked the Steam achievements as well, if only so that they could show up on GB. 

Edited by xyzygy

This is cool... but won't the PS3 controller severely limit the abilities of the user, compared to the PC user? For instance, you can play Portal much faster on the PC because of KB/M. Consoles take a little while long because of the nature of analog sticks. So that brings up the questions of the equality of control between one person playing the PS3 and another playing the PC in a multiplayer session. 
 
Personally having no care in the matter of multiplayer I'll be picking this up for the 360. Even if I wanted to play it online it's not like there'll be a shortage of people online anyway.

Edited by SolidusMaximus

3 versions for the price of one sweet.

Posted by Pkshields

 3 way Steam Play and cloud saves? Done and done.    

Posted by cgoodno

IMHO, this should be the future of all multiplatform HD games.  I get it on the 360 or PS3 and can play it on the PC as well.

Posted by Surkov

Question: If I buy the PS3 version and I put the PC version on my brother's PC on using my Steam account, can we play coop?  Or can I only play one version at a time on my account?

Posted by Rirse
@DreamsTornaApart: There is already a Portal 2 pin in TF2 that isn't obtainable at the moment.
Posted by RobertOrri

This should be the future of home computers and consoles... games for all of them, compatible with each other, ensuring that players can enjoy them with their friends, regardless of what hardware they decided to buy.
 
Sadly, I don't see the major platform holders agreeing with me, deciding instead to splinter the userbases.

Posted by Shuborno

Don't have a PS3, but that's very cool of Valve.  Every PC/Mac player who has a PS3 would be best off buying the PS3 version. *thumbs up*

Posted by Y2Ken

This is a big deal. Next step would be having all the PS3 saves in the Cloud. But for now I'll take this. May actually buy Portal 2 now to encourage this kind of thing. Well done, Valve and Sony.

Posted by Cazamalos

and both versions are free to play oline too

Posted by SSully

Wow that is amazing. So I get it for PC like I was planning, and I can get it for ps3?!? What more could i ask for? 

Posted by Steveolio

This is AMAZING!!!  I was only going to get it for the PC, but now I'm getting the PS3 version with PC version!!! 
I <3 Valve!!!

Posted by This_Dude

afk, switching pre-order to PS3 version.  2 Platforms for the price of 1,   sold.

Posted by is343

Awesome to the max.

Posted by EvilNiGHTS

Dilemna! I generally buy the 360 version of multiplatform games, but this sounds compelling enough to opt for the PS3 version. Only the person I'll likely be playing co-op with will only be able to get the 360 version. Nooooo......

Edited by bassman2112

I had been worrying that VALVe was kind of... "Slipping" with all of the DotA 2 drama and delays, but this made me jump right back onto the bandwagon (been on it since 1999 <3).
 
Definitely getting the PS3 version now! Do you guys think that if the PC version is linked to your same Steam account on PC (I imagine it has to be), you can play co-op with someone on that same account (PC) while you join them on PS3 (same account)?
 
Edit: not 2003, 1999 haha.

Edited by Tearhead

This is amazing! I'm definitely getting the PS3 version! I fucking love Steam.

Posted by Nadafinga

The person who originally convinced me to play Portal only has a Mac, and I only have a PS3. The fact that we can play co-op together in the sequel is really exciting.

Posted by AAsama

Interesting. Cross-platform is usually frowned upon because of the edge PC users have, but in a co-op environment this should be less annoying. Will be interesting to see how it works out.

Posted by mosdl

OK, when does Sony buy Valve and make Steam be part of the ps4?  Obviously Sony is working hard on getting Valve's love.

Posted by EndlessObsidian

I wonder if PS Move will work with Portal 2 similar to how the Razor Hyrda works?

Posted by Akeldama

Dude....that solves my dilemma.

Posted by Zidd

Kudos to Valve for a killer cross-platform product. it almost makes up for their complete lack of understanding of what the "episodic" model is.... almost.

Posted by SSully
@RobertOrri said:
" This should be the future of home computers and consoles... games for all of them, compatible with each other, ensuring that players can enjoy them with their friends, regardless of what hardware they decided to buy.  Sadly, I don't see the major platform holders agreeing with me, deciding instead to splinter the userbases. "
Seriously, this is the exact reason why Valve is one of my favorite developers and software providers, they are fair to the customers. I will support whatever they do because of the simple fact they portray themselves as developers who actually give a damn about the customers. 
Posted by Korwin

Man, this is a huge deal.  So when does the PS4 just become the Steam box? :D

Posted by sodapop7

Awesome, one less decision I have to make this year!

Posted by Onigenko

Yep, I still love Valve.

Posted by The_Painted
@wewantsthering said:
" A bummer for us XB360 owners! :-( Good on Sony for being open though! "
Yes, and it's a bummer for us PS3 owners when Microsoft aggressively tries to secure timed exclusivity rights to DLC all the time. 
 
Anywho, I'm pretty excited by this. I'm not sure how well my laptop will be able to run Portal 2, so being able to get it on the PS3 and have a free copy of the PC version is handy.
Posted by mosdl

I wonder if MS will counter with buy on 360, get free on Games for Windows?  This would begin a new war...

Posted by GS_Dan
@xyzygy said:
" This is cool... but won't the PS3 controller severely limit the abilities of the user, compared to the PC user? For instance, you can play Portal much faster on the PC because of KB/M. Consoles take a little while long because of the nature of analog sticks. So that brings up the questions of the equality of control between one person playing the PS3 and another playing the PC in a multiplayer session.  Personally having no care in the matter of multiplayer I'll be picking this up for the 360. Even if I wanted to play it online it's not like there'll be a shortage of people online anyway. "
Shouldn't really matter, since it isn't competitive. 
Posted by sgt_match

valve, you warm my ice cold cynnical heart

Posted by xyzygy
@GS_Dan said:
" @xyzygy said:
" This is cool... but won't the PS3 controller severely limit the abilities of the user, compared to the PC user? For instance, you can play Portal much faster on the PC because of KB/M. Consoles take a little while long because of the nature of analog sticks. So that brings up the questions of the equality of control between one person playing the PS3 and another playing the PC in a multiplayer session.  Personally having no care in the matter of multiplayer I'll be picking this up for the 360. Even if I wanted to play it online it's not like there'll be a shortage of people online anyway. "
Shouldn't really matter, since it isn't competitive.  "
I thought speedrunning was a pretty competitive part of Portal.
Posted by MajorToms
@mosdl: 
I'm pretty sure Valve's games are only available through Steam on PC. That would be hilarious though.
Posted by ShadowKnight508

This is why Valve is such a popular developer among gamers. They are not afraid to take great ideas and make them into reality with their fine products. Other developers should take a look at this and hopefully more games will feature cross-platform play in the near future.

Posted by mosdl
@MajorToms said:
" @mosdl:  I'm pretty sure Valve's games are only available through Steam on PC. That would be hilarious though. "
Especially if they then had to distribute steam with the game.
 
Also, Portal 2 on PC will be sold in boxed form (Amazon has it listed and priced).
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