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Valve Details Steam Features In Their PS3 Version Of Portal 2

Cross Chatting Clouds... Welcome to the future!
Author: Aram Lecis
Published: January 17, 2011
After years of seeming to thumb their nose at PlayStation 3 owners, through poor ports (The Orange Box) or no ports at all (Left 4 Dead), Valve has decided to admit their mistake and make the PS3 version of Portal 2 the definitive model.


"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."

Let's talk about those Steam features they are bringing to the PS3. That means a lot of things. One, you will be able to play cross-platform with PC and Mac gamers in multiplayer. While this is isn't the first game to allow PC-Console connectivity, there have not been too many, and Portal 2 looks to have the best chance for success based on popularity alone.

Beyond just that connectivity, PS3 users will get access to cloud-based storage of your PS3 saved games (no word yet if those save games will be playable on Mac/PC versions) and cross platform chat with our monitor-watching friends.

Not only that, purchasing Portal 2 for your PS3 will include Steam unlock codes so that one purchase will also allow YOU to play on your Mac/PC if you prefer your 21" monitor to your 50" LED TV. This, I believe, is unprecedented.

"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."

Portal 2 looked witty and charming when we saw it at PAX, and seeing the PS3 version get these unique features has us hotly anticipating this follow up to the surprise gem that was the original game. Stay tuned for more Portal 2!