After announcing at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo that the PlayStation 3 edition of Portal 2 would support Steamworks; Valve today revealed exactly what that will entail.
As reported by VideoGaming247, the PlayStation 3 version of Valve's upcoming first-person puzzler Portal 2 will feature cross-platform play, allowing PlayStation 3 owners to participate in multiplayer games with PC and Mac users. Alongside cross-platform play, they will also get cloud-based storage of saved games, cross-platform chat, and a digital Steam copy of Portal 2 for PC and Mac at no additional cost when gamers link their PlayStation Network 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 Valve co-founder Gabe Newell. "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," Portal 2 project lead Josh Weier explained. "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 will be visible and accessible for chat and game invites."
The title is set to hit store shelves on April 18 in North America and April 20 in Europe for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Mac. It is still unknown whether the Xbox 360 version will eventually get these features.