Apr 13, 2011

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Portal 2 and Steam on the PlayStation 3

Portal 2 and Steam on the PlayStation 3

When Portal 2 was announced, Valve promised to bring Steam to the PlayStation 3.  Since then, details about its inclusion have been few and far between, until now.

The addition of Steam on the PlayStation 3 will allow Portal 2 to have cross-platform matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements between PS3 and PC gamers.  Steam will also give gamers the ability to save co-op and multiplayer games on the Steam Cloud.  Players will be able to pick up where they left off on any PlayStation.

Those wondering which version of Portal to buy should not have to think to hard.  The PlayStation 3 version is completely connected to Steam, and the purchase of the PlayStation 3 version will also grant access to the PC version completely free.  Those who only purchase the PC version will not be able to get the PS3 version.

None of these features will be available to Xbox 360 users.

Valve’s full press release can be seen here:

April 13, 2011 – Valve, creator of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today disclosed details regarding the Steam experience designed for the PlayStation®3, which is set to debut next week with the release of Portal 2.


The first title to support Steam on a console, Portal 2 offers cross-platform matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements, all powered by Steam. Steam on the PS3 also saves co-op game progress and single player saved games to the Steam Cloud, enabling players to pick up where they left off on any PlayStation®3.


The Steam overlay for PS3 provides access to both PSN and Steam friends, displaying their in-game or online status and providing a quick pathway to text chats, player profiles, friend requests, and game invites. Steam Achievements are earned in lockstep with PSN Trophies and are also accessible within the Steam overlay.


Steam on the PS3 provides access to all of these features once the player has linked their PlayStation® Network account with a Steam account, which is done right within the game. A Steam user can login to an existing account, and anyone new to Steam can create an account with the click of a button.


In the spirit of Steam Play, linked players of the PS3 version of Portal 2 can also access and play their copy of Portal 2 on any PC or Mac by redeeming an in-box access code on their computer. The Steam client verifies the linked customer and then lists Portal 2 among their library of Steam games for PC and Mac.

Portal 2 releases on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 April 19.

[Source: RipTen]