Valve reveals specific Steam features for Portal 2 on PS3

Are you excited for Portal 2? It's out next Tuesday. Unlike its predecessor, it will boast a co-operative mode in addition to a single-player campaign. But there's another "co-op" feature, and it's not in-game. You may recall the details of cross-platform play between computers and PS3s from an announcement made earlier this year. Specifically, the sweet deal of having a free PC and Mac copy on Steam to go with your Portal 2 PS3 disc. Fortunately, most of the promises made a few months ago will become true, as Valve spelled out exactly what gamers can expect when they purchase the PS3 version of Portal 2.

As covered by Gamasutra, Steam for PS3 will very much be like the client PC and Mac gamers are all familiar with, although its appearance has yet to be seen. There will be a game overlay with game news, announcements, cross-platform matchmaking (something like Left 4 Dead 1/2's system, perhaps), and friend lists and profiles from both Steam and the PlayStation Network. By extension, that also means the Steam Community will be accessible in some form via the PS3.

Game saves and achievements will also be shared. You can complete one level at home on your PS3, then bring the game with you on your laptop and complete an achievement - and it will count on both Steam and PSN. All this, and the complementary copy of Portal 2 for PC and Mac, will come at the amazing extra cost of free provided you link your Steam and PSN accounts.

Sounds exciting? Then be sure to grab your copy of Portal 2 for PC, Mac, PS3, and Xbox 360 next week, for those of you living in North America, Europe, and Australia. Be aware that the Xbox 360 version will not boast any extra Steam features, and will run you the same cost as the PS3 version. In the meantime, let's have another look at an 'informational' video courtesy of Aperture Science:

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Cross-platform gaming never succeeded in the past. This abomination hybrid needs to be incinerated in 3 billion degrees Kelvin microwave, before it is too late and people start connecting controllers to their rigs.

PotatoBlaster said,
Cross-platform gaming never succeeded in the past. This abomination hybrid needs to be incinerated in 3 billion degrees Kelvin microwave, before it is too late and people start connecting controllers to their rigs.

I don't think it will be so bad in this case because the cross-platform is there only for co-op, not for PvP

Jose_49 said,
I'd rather buy the PS3 version even though I don't have one, and sell it back on eBay .

I think the PSN/Steam linking has to be done in-game on the PS3. Anyone know for sure? I haven't really seen any specific information regarding this detail.

DigitalE said,

I think the PSN/Steam linking has to be done in-game on the PS3. Anyone know for sure? I haven't really seen any specific information regarding this detail.

http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...-steam-play-copy-explained/
After you link your account from the PS3 with Steamworks you put in the code and you are set on the PC side to download the game and sell the PS3 version if you like. Good way to get the PC version if you can sell the PS3 version and in some strange way defeats people trying to sell the PC version since the code cannot be entered in Steam on the PC side.

I really hate that they ruined any incentive to get the game on 360, which is what i will end up getting it for anyway. They could at least give us a small perk to help sell it.

Ruran said,
I really hate that they ruined any incentive to get the game on 360, which is what i will end up getting it for anyway. They could at least give us a small perk to help sell it.

Maybe that the game is going to be awesome? The bonus for the PS3 is just that, a bonus. Sure we all like those, but if you didnt know about that, it would be like any other game, you concentrate on how great the game looks like its going to be. Which, it looks like its going to be EPIC! Loved portal 1, cant wait to buy this one now .

dragon2611 said,
Probably find that microsoft wouldn't let them do a "steam" like interface for Xbox 360.

In which case: And we're all up on sony for being a 'bad' company...

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