Core Portal 2 game is the same “whether you buy it on PS3 or 360″, says Valve

Saturday, 22nd January 2011 19:21 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Valve’s Chet Faliszek has said this Portal 2 on PS3 was the first 100 percent internally created product for the firm, because it had external help with The Orange Box on the platform.

Speaking with The Gaming Liberty, Faliszek that this time around “it’s just us and it’s us working with Sony” which he described as being “really supportive and helpful” with the Ps3 version of Portal 2.

Faliszek also clarified comments Valve head Gabe Newell made during E3 when he stated Portal 2 on PS3 would be “the best console version of the game.”

“To be clear, the core game, whether you buy it on PS3 or 360 is the same, you’re not going to lose out anything on that,” said Faliszek. “But what we have on the PS3 is like, you can play with PC and Mac players and you’re going to get those updates more frequently but you’ll still get updates on the 360.

“We learned I think on the Left 4 Dead series how to update the 360 in a reasonable manner, where probably on The Orange Box we probably didn’t do as good a job admittedly. We’re always learning and trying to get better. And then (with PS3) you’re also going to be able to have your saves up in the clouds so if you go to your friends house and you want to play some co-op you can start back up where you were or whatever.

“So that’s definitely a step towards us expanding out, and how we like to play games.”

It was announced earlier in the week by Valve that Portal 2 would feature cross-platform play between PS3 and PC – which was already known – but Mac as well.  The PS3 package will also include a Steam key.

Portal 2 hits North America and Australia on April 20, and Europe on April 22 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 and will contain over 13,000 lines of dialogue.

There’s some new co-op screens for the game posted on ScrawlFX as well.



  1. TheWulf

    *Wulf grins and nudges Steph.* A Mac is a PC too. The confirmed play was between Windows and PS3 users, with the addition of those running Mac OS X being able to join in on the fun later.

    I don’t think that divide really needs to exist any more, really. Mac and Windows users both get Steam, we’ll both get a lot of the same games… the only real difference is that some people will have a preference for one OS over the other.

    But yeah, Macs had PowerPC architectures at one point, but these days they’re PCs just running a non-Windows OS. No different than Linux, really.

    And a lot of that (as I recall) was to have more compatibility.

    Valve are doing great things here, though. Linking Mac OS X, Windows, and the PS3 console together. Hopefully the Linux OS will join that soon enough, too. And if Valve teach Sony how to be awesome, then perhaps PS3 users will even see legal mods being allowed through jailbreaking. So you could run user-created maps, mods and things. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

    Valve are being very, very clever and new world at the moment. I support them with this. I just hope that they continue to take things to the next level.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    ^ …Even the Valve guy makes a clear distinction between Mac & PC. As do most other people…

    #2 4 years ago
  3. TheWulf

    @2: I think you misunderstood my intent.

    I’m not saying that people shouldn’t say what they want – but that some people might not actually realise that there’s no difference between a ‘PC’ and a ‘Mac’.

    It’s like if a person were consistently spelling something incorrectly. There’s no harm in giving them a nudge and telling them in a polite way, they might even appreciate knowing. But if they’re doing it on purpose… well, I won’t push them to accept my way of thinking.

    It’s just that I don’t know whether the person in question doesn’t know or whether it’s a conscious choice. So I assume the former, and if it’s the latter, I say no more about it.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. TraceableX

    Mac is piece of shit

    #4 4 years ago
  5. topdoog1

    @4: Mac is a Expensive piece of shit!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Johnny Cullen

    Mac is an expensive piece of brilliant tech. *hugs Macbook*

    #6 4 years ago
  7. earlyrock

    @6 Correct, sir.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. AHA-Lambda

    No its perfectly fine, just far too damn expensive given what else you can buy techwise with that kinda money

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Dralen

    @8 Agreed

    #9 4 years ago
  10. back_up

    and Still PS3 version will sell better and PC gamers will pirate it

    #10 4 years ago
  11. KAP

    I wonder how much Microsoft had on this little push to “remind” those those of this!
    What a desperate joke.
    Sony has one little advantage over 360 (for once) and microsoft will panic.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @10 here you mistaken a lot. Valve games sell like hotcakes on PC while Ps3 is a pirated HOT SEASON system :D go to and you will be dissapointed Ps3 fratboy.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Hakkiz

    Mmm, Valvecakes.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Sardauk

    Mmmh .. sounds like a marketing “Mea Culpa” towards Sony.

    Updating on the 360 and the PC makes not I don’t see why PS3 version should be different.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Bond James Bond

    back_up said:
    and Still PS3 version will sell better and PC gamers will pirate it


    #15 4 years ago
  16. freedoms_stain

    Ignore back_up, he’s essentially loki2, i.e. a trolling cunt not worth your time.

    #16 4 years ago

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