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Way back in June Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell gave a little talk where he claimed that the PS3 version of Portal 2 would be the best console version, mainly due to the inclusion of Valve’s Steamworks technology. Despite this claim, Valve has been pretty tight-lipped about what exactly Steamworks on the PS3 would entails, that is until today.

According to Valve, Portal 2 on the PS3 will feature cross-platform multiplayer with both PC and Mac. On top of that, there will be cross-platform chat and cloud-based saved game storage. Also, when you buy the PS3 version of Portal 2, you’ll get a free SteamPlay version of the game for PC and Mac.

According to Gabe Newell, “We made a promise to gamers at E3 that Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 would be the best console version of the product. 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.”

Project lead Josh Weier added, “We designed the Portal 2 PS3 experience to be very straightforward for gamers. 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.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty amped to hear this. One of my best friends, who recently moved from Columbus (my current city) to Washington DC, just ditched his PC in favor of a PS3. I was afraid I wouldn’t get to game with him as much as I used to because of this switch plus the move. Thanks to Valve, my buddy and I will be solving puzzles together when the game is released on April 20.


  1. It would be awesome to have multiplayer across PS3 and PC. Once that line is crossed, it would be a whole new gaming landscape. That Universal Console argument becomes more real if that happens, IMO.

    • It worked for Shadowrun (PC and 360 crosswork), but the game died out and everyone complained about the disparity between console and PC.

      The main problem was they dumbed down PC controls, and the senstitivity, as to not give PC gamers an advantage, but it really pissed off the community. Since Portal 2 is (as far as we know) only a cooperative game, I don’t see any issue here, and I doubt Valve would go so far as to mess with the PC’s controls at all.

      Either way, I’m stoked to buy one copy of this on the PS3, and play with my wife from my PC – very cool!

  2. I like the ability to have cross platform multiplayer, but it’d be even better if I could log in with my PSN ID and then play with people who are on their PC’s with their Steam accounts. I dislike having to have multiple accounts for multiple services and platforms.

  3. avatar Ferahtsu

    I can has two copies for the price of one? Did not expect this after all the bashing Valve did on the PS3

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