which one to buy?

#1 Posted by tourgen (4542 posts) -

I don't know which version of Portal 2 to buy.


Does anyone know what comes in the retail boxes?  Are there any different retail versions offered?

I would prefer to play it on the PC, and I realize that version is essentially a lease for a Steam license of the game.  Does anyone know if the PS3 Steam-enabled version will require online checks to play (what's the DRM situation)?  Does the Xbox360 version require a logged in Xbox Live account to play?  Basically is it possible to own any of the different platform version or are they all non-transferable licenses?

This is the first game this year I want to play on release day but it's gotten to the point that I can't even figure out what exactly is being offered for sale, or what the terms are.
#2 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11458 posts) -

I'm pretty sure that the 360 one has ZERO Steam integration. Beyond that, well...

#3 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7241 posts) -

I think there is only this.

#4 Posted by tourgen (4542 posts) -
@NekuSakuraba said:
" I think there is only this. "
ohhh thank you.  I didn't know about that.  Pretty expensive cube tho.
#5 Posted by Skald (4369 posts) -

The PS3 looks like the way to go on this one.

#6 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

I guess PS3 would be the definitive version. I pre-ordered mine on PS3. 

#7 Posted by Milkman (17202 posts) -

Probably the PC version. But I might end up getting the 360 version just for achievements.

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#8 Posted by pigmartyr (211 posts) -

ps3 for sure. get the pc link. possible steam integration with ps3/pc adding some goodies that 360 might not get.

#9 Posted by Andorski (5354 posts) -

PS3, if 10 bucks is worth having the ability to play co-op with your PS3 friends while having the PC copy being the main version you play on.

#10 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7241 posts) -
@tourgen
@NekuSakuraba said:
" I think there is only this. "
ohhh thank you.  I didn't know about that.  Pretty expensive cube tho.
That's how much PC games cost in Australia so it's regular price. :)
#11 Posted by Yanngc33 (4496 posts) -

Buy the pc/mac version. I'm telling you this as I order the 360 version

#12 Posted by OmegaPirate (5522 posts) -
@tourgen said:

" I don't know which version of Portal 2 to buy.


Does anyone know what comes in the retail boxes?  Are there any different retail versions offered?

I would prefer to play it on the PC, and I realize that version is essentially a lease for a Steam license of the game.  Does anyone know if the PS3 Steam-enabled version will require online checks to play (what's the DRM situation)?  Does the Xbox360 version require a logged in Xbox Live account to play?  Basically is it possible to own any of the different platform version or are they all non-transferable licenses?

This is the first game this year I want to play on release day but it's gotten to the point that I can't even figure out what exactly is being offered for sale, or what the terms are.
"
Based on 


Ps3 would definitely be the way to go. The steamworks support seems far and beyond what was expected. 
#13 Posted by Ocean_H (290 posts) -
#14 Posted by MattyFTM (14424 posts) -

As I understand it, the PS3 version comes with a serial number that allows you to link Steam & PSN accounts. Once those are linked, you'll have a fully functioning copy of Portal 2 on that steam account. It will be no different than if you had bought it on PC originally. The 360 version doesn't do this. It's only available with the PS3 version. 

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#15 Posted by Starfishhunter9 (369 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" As I understand it, the PS3 version comes with a serial number that allows you to link Steam & PSN accounts. Once those are linked, you'll have a fully functioning copy of Portal 2 on that steam account. It will be no different than if you had bought it on PC originally. The 360 version doesn't do this. It's only available with the PS3 version.  "
So buy the PS3 version get the steam code then sell the one you don't want. Sounds like a sweet deal
#16 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

You can get the PC version for 40 bucks if you have a friend and get the buddy pack over Steam.

#17 Posted by Hunkulese (2842 posts) -
@tourgen said:
?  Basically is it possible to own any of the different platform version or are they all non-transferable licenses?

What does that even mean?

 Why would it not be possible to own the game on the platform you choose? Portal 2 is exactly the same as any other videogame that will be released this year except that you get a code for the PC version if you buy the PS3 version. If you plan on playing it on the PC buy it on the PC because it's cheaper.
#18 Posted by Wuddel (2099 posts) -

Considering the PS3 is currently approx 10 EUR cheaper on Amazon, than the PC version through the Steam store, it is a no brainer.

#19 Posted by MeierTheRed (4941 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" As I understand it, the PS3 version comes with a serial number that allows you to link Steam & PSN accounts. Once those are linked, you'll have a fully functioning copy of Portal 2 on that steam account. It will be no different than if you had bought it on PC originally. The 360 version doesn't do this. It's only available with the PS3 version.  "
Indeed, also your Portal 2 single player and co-op saves will be usable on your PC too. That is a pretty neat feature also.
#20 Posted by AlexW00d (6389 posts) -

£26 for the better version or £40. Well I know which I'm going (went) for. 

#21 Posted by indirectx (14 posts) -

"@pornstorestiffi said:

" @MattyFTM said:

" As I understand it, the PS3 version comes with a serial number that allows you to link Steam & PSN accounts. Once those are linked, you'll have a fully functioning copy of Portal 2 on that steam account. It will be no different than if you had bought it on PC originally. The 360 version doesn't do this. It's only available with the PS3 version.  "

Indeed, also your Portal 2 single player and co-op saves will be usable on your PC too. That is a pretty neat feature also. "
Sadly I don't believe the saves would be usable on both as per  
http://www.giantbomb.com/news/portal-2-for-ps3s-steam-support-gets-a-detailin/3042/
in which they say

"For starters, the save games aren't compatible across platforms, so your cloud-based save for the PS3 version won't pipe into the PC/Mac release."
#22 Posted by AlisterCat (5712 posts) -
@NekuSakuraba said:
" I think there is only this. "
I cant find that anywhere in the UK. :(

@Starfishhunter9 said:
" @MattyFTM said:
" As I understand it, the PS3 version comes with a serial number that allows you to link Steam & PSN accounts. Once those are linked, you'll have a fully functioning copy of Portal 2 on that steam account. It will be no different than if you had bought it on PC originally. The 360 version doesn't do this. It's only available with the PS3 version.  "
So buy the PS3 version get the steam code then sell the one you don't want. Sounds like a sweet deal "
Not really... well, I'm still unsure. It sounds like the PS3 copy of the game is also linked to your steam account in the process meaning it would have little resell value. I need to clear this up because I was intending to do that before I read the press release.
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#23 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7241 posts) -
@AlisterCat said:
" @NekuSakuraba said:
" I think there is only this. "
I cant find that anywhere in the UK. :(

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's an AUS exclusive. Australia getting something exclusive? IN VIDEO GAMES? This must make headlines.
#24 Edited by Cazamalos (983 posts) -

i don't think you can redeem the serial code that comes in the PS3 version* without linking your play-station network account to a steam account on the PS3 first, but that's me guessing
and probably while you are playing the ps3 version you can't play the PC version at the same time(or vice versa) since the accounts are linked i don't think they will let you play both versions at the same time , so no "hey buddy grab this free portal2 so we can play co-op" but again that's just me guessing

*if there is any code on the box, maybe what you only need to do is link accounts without redeeming any serial code

#25 Posted by MachoFantastico (4863 posts) -

The PS3 version is the best offer. 

Though I'm happy with just the PC version as I can't see myself playing the PS3 version. 
#26 Posted by Twisted_Scot (1180 posts) -

Want to play on PC but its fried, would pick up the PS3 version so i can have both PS3 & PC (when I eventually get a new rig) but ill buy Xbox one as thats where my friends list people are for coop.

#27 Edited by MeierTheRed (4941 posts) -
@indirectx said:

" " @pornstorestiffi said:

" @MattyFTM said:

" As I understand it, the PS3 version comes with a serial number that allows you to link Steam & PSN accounts. Once those are linked, you'll have a fully functioning copy of Portal 2 on that steam account. It will be no different than if you had bought it on PC originally. The 360 version doesn't do this. It's only available with the PS3 version.  "

Indeed, also your Portal 2 single player and co-op saves will be usable on your PC too. That is a pretty neat feature also. "
Sadly I don't believe the saves would be usable on both as per  
http://www.giantbomb.com/news/portal-2-for-ps3s-steam-support-gets-a-detailin/3042/
in which they say

"For starters, the save games aren't compatible across platforms, so your cloud-based save for the PS3 version won't pipe into the PC/Mac release."
"
I could have sworn i just read that a few days ago that it was possible. Let me have a check.
Jup i did.


Specifically, that means it offers cross-platform matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements, all powered by Steam. Steam on the PS3 also saves co-op game progress and single player saved games to the Steam Cloud, enabling players to pick up where they left off on any PlayStation 3.


From Playstation blog, posted on the 13th April.

 http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2011/04/13/valve-reveals-portal-2-for-playstation-3-steam-details/   

So i guess to take advantage of those features, you need to link your PS3 account to the Steam account. which the giantbomb article also says at the bottom.
#28 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

If you've got a PS3, get it on that. Even if you wanna play it on PC (like you should) you'll be able to but then you'll always have it on your PS3 if you wanna play it there.


Me? I'm getting it on PC. It's like £25. Way cheap.
#29 Posted by indirectx (14 posts) -
@pornstorestiffi said:
" @indirectx said:

" " @pornstorestiffi said:

" @MattyFTM said:

" As I understand it, the PS3 version comes with a serial number that allows you to link Steam & PSN accounts. Once those are linked, you'll have a fully functioning copy of Portal 2 on that steam account. It will be no different than if you had bought it on PC originally. The 360 version doesn't do this. It's only available with the PS3 version.  "

Indeed, also your Portal 2 single player and co-op saves will be usable on your PC too. That is a pretty neat feature also. "
Sadly I don't believe the saves would be usable on both as per  
http://www.giantbomb.com/news/portal-2-for-ps3s-steam-support-gets-a-detailin/3042/
in which they say

"For starters, the save games aren't compatible across platforms, so your cloud-based save for the PS3 version won't pipe into the PC/Mac release."
"
I could have sworn i just read that a few days ago that it was possible. Let me have a check.
Jup i did.


Specifically, that means it offers cross-platform matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements, all powered by Steam. Steam on the PS3 also saves co-op game progress and single player saved games to the Steam Cloud, enabling players to pick up where they left off on any PlayStation 3.


From Playstation blog, posted on the 13th April.

 http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2011/04/13/valve-reveals-portal-2-for-playstation-3-steam-details/    So i guess to take advantage of those features, you need to link your PS3 account to the Steam account. which the giantbomb article also says at the bottom. "
The wording, to me at least, makes it sound like the PS3 version will do cloud saves but only for the purpose of enabling you to log in on another PS3 and resume the game there. Hence it saying "on any PS3" rather than explicitly saying PS3 / PC / Mac etc. Whereas it specifically lists matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements in "cross-platform" but not "saves". Although I suppose we'll find out for sure soon enough once the game launches.
#30 Posted by tourgen (4542 posts) -
@indirectx: I agree, that is the way I understand it too.

Thanks everyone for your help.

It's a little discouraging to me that this process is so confusing.  I just want to buy a copy of the game I can be sure I'll be able to play whenever I want.

So far, and this is going to sound a little crazy to some, the 360 version looks like the best deal for me.  It looks like that version just does a standard 360 disk check when you start the game.  The other two versions are non-transferable licenses tied to a Steam account.

This is one of those games I want to be able to take off the shelf in 5 or 10 years and still be able to play it.  So, 360 hardware willing, that's my best bet.
#31 Posted by MeierTheRed (4941 posts) -
@indirectx said:
" @pornstorestiffi said:
" @indirectx said:

" " @pornstorestiffi said:

" @MattyFTM said:

" As I understand it, the PS3 version comes with a serial number that allows you to link Steam & PSN accounts. Once those are linked, you'll have a fully functioning copy of Portal 2 on that steam account. It will be no different than if you had bought it on PC originally. The 360 version doesn't do this. It's only available with the PS3 version.  "

Indeed, also your Portal 2 single player and co-op saves will be usable on your PC too. That is a pretty neat feature also. "
Sadly I don't believe the saves would be usable on both as per  
http://www.giantbomb.com/news/portal-2-for-ps3s-steam-support-gets-a-detailin/3042/
in which they say

"For starters, the save games aren't compatible across platforms, so your cloud-based save for the PS3 version won't pipe into the PC/Mac release."
"
I could have sworn i just read that a few days ago that it was possible. Let me have a check.
Jup i did.


Specifically, that means it offers cross-platform matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements, all powered by Steam. Steam on the PS3 also saves co-op game progress and single player saved games to the Steam Cloud, enabling players to pick up where they left off on any PlayStation 3.


From Playstation blog, posted on the 13th April.

 http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2011/04/13/valve-reveals-portal-2-for-playstation-3-steam-details/    So i guess to take advantage of those features, you need to link your PS3 account to the Steam account. which the giantbomb article also says at the bottom. "
The wording, to me at least, makes it sound like the PS3 version will do cloud saves but only for the purpose of enabling you to log in on another PS3 and resume the game there. Hence it saying "on any PS3" rather than explicitly saying PS3 / PC / Mac etc. Whereas it specifically lists matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements in "cross-platform" but not "saves". Although I suppose we'll find out for sure soon enough once the game launches. "
Yeah i guess your right. If thats the case its not as cool as i initially thought and then seems more like a useless feature if that is the only purpose for it. Cause really how many people carry their saves around to multiple PS3´s.

I guess a small minority would think that feature would be awesome. So good for them.

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