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

Tuesday, 18th 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.



  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


    #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


    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


    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


    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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