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Portal 2 to feature PS3-PC/Mac cross-platform play, Steam key included with PS3 version

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 07:00 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Valve’s just confirmed that Portal 2 will feature cross-platform play between PS3 and both PC and Mac owners of the game when it releases in April.

Features also confirmed a “persistent cloud-based storage of PS3 saved games” as well as cross-platform chat on PS3, PC and Mac.

Valve’s also confirmed it’ll include a “Steam Play” of the game with every copy of the PS3 version, which means a Steam key for the PC and Mac version will be included.

“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 boss 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.”

Portal 2 for PS3 was announced with full Steamworks support at E3 last June during Sony’s press conference by Newell.

Portal 2 releases on April 18 in the US and April 22 in Europe for PS3, 360 and PC.

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45 Comments

  1. Johnny Cullen

    That’s fucking amazing. Massive props to Valve.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Crysis

    Awesome, game could really suit different controls, good job valve.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. XxT_I_K_IxX_PR

    That’s pretty cool :D it would be awesome if other companies would do that…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. GeneralBison

    So what are the advantages of buying Portal 2 on Steam?
    Calling it a “Steam Play version” of the game makes it sound like it’s limited in some way, I’d like to know more before I buy a copy I’m not even going to play.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    Very cool.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Aimless

    That’s pretty fantastic. I was intrigued by the PS3 version but figured I’d get the game on PC like the rest of Valve’s games. Now I don’t have to choose!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Aquarion

    @GeneralBison: a “Steam Play” version is just Valves branding for “Buy it once, get it on all the platforms”. For most things, this just means that, say, you buy Civ4 for PC and you automatically get a Mac licence as well. They’re not limited unless you count another gaming platform as a limitation.

    Little bit annoyed that this can’t go both ways, so PC buyers won’t automatically get it for PS3, but I’d imagine this is Sony’s fault.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DBZ0wnz

    @7 Valve is doing a favor to PS3, it’s not Sony’s fault to the PC side of things.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Old MacDonald

    Heh, I can understand why Microsoft wouldn’t want that deal. Clever stuff, Valve.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    Thats a very neat idea actually.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    It would be good if they put custom maps and mod support in there. We know its doable on PS3 because its in UT3.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Dralen

    That is freaking amazing! Will work really well for a game like this as well.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. back_up

    PS3 and Valve rules

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Suikoden Fan

    let me clarify if i got the game on ps3 i’d also get it on pc?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Johnny Cullen

    Yes.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    Except that btw crossplatform gaming won’t do much to PC at all.

    Portal is one of these games that require PRECISION. I won’t play with PS3 owner this to be honest. Just because that guy can be behind me by miles and co-op in this game require to be fast as possible.

    But the idea of crossplatforming is really a neat idea.

    @Suikoden, yes, just activate it on Steam..

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Blerk

    It’ll be interesting to see how well this works. I wonder how they’ll manage patching issues between the two platforms?

    Anyway, great deal! Valve know how to pack the value in when it counts.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    @17 have you ever.. used Steam? *Facepalm of the huge proportions

    Ps3 version if connected to the internet will automatically recieve patches while you are playing a game.

    Steam is a little APP for the PS3.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Aimless

    @17 Games on PS3 can be patched outside the standard system. For instance MAG, Metal Gear Online and DC Universe all feature their own torrent-based patching methods.

    In other words the PS3 version will likely patch using the regular Steam servers, Valve able to push content out without having to go through certification.

    As an aside this is also potentially good news for 360 owners. If Valve are able to add content to the PS3 at no charge, like the PC version, Microsoft should also allow that content to be free on Live.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Johnny Cullen

    Aimless – I doubt it, otherwise we would have seen all the content and updates for TF2 on 360 by now

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    “Microsoft should also allow that content to be free on Live.”

    Nope. It’s because of stupid MS LIVE restrictions.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Blerk

    Thanks for the useful, informative and polite version of that answer, Aimless!

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Aimless

    @20 But that content wasn’t available on the PS3. I suspect Microsoft will be more amenable with its policies when those on a rival console don’t have to pay. It puts Valve in a good bargaining position and I can see Microsoft taking the hit on service charges.

    Incidentally I’d love to see a re-release of TF2 on the PS3 — or 360, but for obvious reasons that’s less likely. As a shooter it’s very well suited to a controller and with all the additions and changes it deserves a second shot at the console market.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. abbe

    Buy Ps3 disc, use PC key, go back with disc to store.
    Instant discount.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Blerk

    You know, I think they might’ve thought of that already. Just a hunch.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. abbe

    Oh right, this one time key business have really stopped used-game sales.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. AHA-Lambda

    WOW PS3 version bought!!!

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Callum

    Pretty imba! I’ll be getting it on PC because I lurve my mouse <3 but still a nice idea.

    I wonder how long it will take for people to pirate Portal 2? Does it have to be launched using the Steam app? Or does it work standalone?

    #28 4 years ago
  29. El_MUERkO

    yup, i’ll be getting the PS3 version, best of both worlds for me, single player on the PS3 when I’m lazy, multiplayer on the PC when precision is required :)

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Maxey

    The PS3 version must come with a PS3 key of its own or else a single copy could be used to activate thousands of Steam keys for several different PSN accounts.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. perk1n

    Left4Dead next, pls.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Bond James Bond

    the word on a lot of 360 owners minds at the moment. lol

    #32 4 years ago
  33. StolenGlory

    ^ This.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. freedoms_stain

    If Valve and Sony forge an alliance for the next generation of consoles they could be an unstoppable juggernaut.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. StolenGlory

    @34

    I agree they probably would; the generation after though, since that would be when any of Valve’s games would make it to market.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. stretch215

    I don’t care about this pc stuff as I don’t want to be anywhere near one after an 8-12hr. day. I want to know which console version is better.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Bond James Bond

    @36

    Ever heard of hooking up a PC to your HDTV and playing your games via wireless mouse & keyboard (or wireless 360 pad)?! Nah, didn’t think so…

    #37 4 years ago
  38. stretch215

    No, you are the only person who’s doing that. CONGRATULATIONS !! ass. Maybe you have reading problems. See my earlier post. I work on a pc, I game on consoles. Personal preference. Fuck off.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. onlineatron

    So if I buy the PS3 version I’ll also be able to play it on my PC and Mac?

    That’s insane!

    #39 4 years ago
  40. 2plus2equals5

    Wow, 2×1! I like it!

    #40 4 years ago
  41. DuckOfDestiny

    So that means if I buy it on PS3, I’m also getting it for PC?

    I may as well go for the PS3 version then, not like I’ll ever use it.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. albo88

    @32 nah i dont thing so
    all this
    is done cos psn still dont have features like xbl
    so put the mic on pc and start voice cross chat cos psn cant do it hahahaha
    valve is a company that has growed with M$ so u really believe that was really a big deal to ask them to do the same for xbox version? but why xbl have all features of steam and is even better steam wile gaming and browsing freezes lie shit and is like 2 year and they haven’t fixed it yet

    #42 4 years ago
  43. DuckOfDestiny

    @42

    Sorry, I find it difficult to understand your incoherent babble.

    But if you’re having problems with Steam freezing while gaming and browsing, then perhaps it’s something to do with your shitty system, because I and the other millions of daily Steam users will tell you, it performs perfectly fine for us.

    Also Xbox live does not offer all the same features of Steam and to add to that, Valve provides this service free of charge.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Bond James Bond

    stretch215 said:
    No, you are the only person who’s doing that. CONGRATULATIONS !! ass. Maybe you have reading problems. See my earlier post. I work on a pc, I game on consoles. Personal preference. Fuck off.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Filofax

    So Gabe is really making good his word from E3.

    #45 4 years ago

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    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]