Portal 2 PS3 Features Revealed

Posted By | On 18th, Jan. 2011 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

Valve today announced the Steam features shipping with the PlayStation 3  version of Portal 2.

Marking the debut of Steam functioning on any next generation console, the features shipping in the PS3 version of Portal 2 include cross platform play (PC/Mac vs. PS3) for multiplayer games, persistent cloud-based storage of PS3 saved games, and cross platform chat (PC/Mac and PS3).

In addition, those who purchase Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 may unlock a Steam Play (PC & Mac) copy of Portal 2 at no additional cost by linking their PSN and Steam accounts.

“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 Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. “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.”

“We designed the Portal 2 PS3 experience to be very straightforward for gamers,” said Josh Weier, project lead on Portal 2 at Valve. “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.”

These features are made possible thru the use of Steam, Valve’s platform for the delivery and management of games and digital content.

Portal 2 is due for release on the PlayStation 3, PC, Mac and Xbox 360 this April.

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  • Buy one boring ass game for the PS3 and get the same boring ass game for your PC or Mac! Woo!

    • boring? seriously? I thought portal 1 was a surprising and refreshing gem of a game, and I can only imagine portal 2 will quite a lot of fun as well.

      That said, to shrug off steam’s effort to offer cross-platform play and an unheard cross-platform license, well, is absurd. The ramifications are obvious and immense if it begins to trend.


      Friends who each prefer a different platform can now all play together instead of alone or in fragments. I wish this was offered with Borderlands, as all my friends played it, but few had it for the same platform as I did. Sucked.

      As well, offering the PC/Mac version along with the PS3 version is a show of respect for consumers. By taking the initiative, it puts pressure on other retailers/publishers to do the same thing. Having received Fallout: New Vegas on PS3 for Xmas, but not liking the controls/visuals of it on the PS3, I was forced to re-buy the game just so I could play it on my PC. It sucked having to re-buy a game.

      However, there is possibly a downside to this all as well that is interesting too. Resale value, if resale is possible at all, will be reduced for the PS3 version of the game since once activated, the PC version will be linked to the Steam account of the original buyer. As a PC gamer, I am use to my games not having a resale value, but some console gamers might find this bonus license to be a nasty double edged sword. So nasty in fact that other game producers may copy Steam’s efforts just to kill the market of used console games. As a mainly PC gamer though, it’s win win for me, so I am happy as a clam.

      Thank you Steam for loving us PC gamers and treating us with due respect.

    • Portal 2 FTW!

    • oh ya I forgot that one of the most universally loved games ever released was boring…

      its freaking valve

      They’re giving it away on PC when you buy the ps3 version because: 1. you shouldn’t have to buy the same game twice and they want you to be able to play with your friend, and 2. it’s meant to be played on pc.

    • Boring? Your probably just an idiot that couldn’t make it past the first level. The first Portal was definitely a fun and original game, and I’m interested in seeing how they’ll do the multiplayer.

      And I’ve never been disappointed by Valve, but they just keep getting better.

  • nag

    it would be nice if this offer was extended to the xbox crowd too 🙁

    • It would have been had Microsoft allowed SteamPlay onto its console, as per usual the locked down Xbox has led to a lesser user experience. Microsoft are notorious for asking for “Gold Exclusivity” etc. for add-on services, look at the UK’s BBC iPlayer function as an example.
      Each console has its issues but this is deffo an Xbox issue

  • @Cray
    Not every game has to be a FPS/3PS, that has linear game play, ultraviolence, and a crappy story line to be good…[/sarcasm] You know, the ones that are always “the greatest game evar!1 when they come out? Now Portal, a game that involves critical thinking…who ‘woulda thunk it?

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  • noxtics

    Yeah the steam add-on for ps3 is an awesome feature one that Microsoft is going to probably regret not allowing.

    Also the fact that they are giving the pc copy with a purchase of it for the console is just awesome.

    I wonder if one day multiplayer from portal and halflife will mix since the stories are now tied together.


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