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Valve debuts Steam features on PlayStation 3

Portal 2 cross-platform multiplayer, voice chat and cloud storage for PC and console

Valve is to bring a number of Steam features to the PlayStation 3, the first time the leading PC digital service has featured on a home console.

The PlayStation 3 version of first-person puzzler Portal 2 will feature cross-platform multiplayer gaming, voice chat and cloud storage of game saves.

"We made a promise to gamers at E3 that Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 would be the best console version of the product," commented Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve.

"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."

In addition, PlayStation 3 owners will be able to unlock a Steam Play version of the game for PC or Mac for free by linking PlayStation Network and Steam accounts, when the game is released this April.

"We designed the Portal 2 PS3 experience to be very straightforward for gamers," added Josh Weier, project lead on Portal 2 at Valve.

"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."

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Jake Stefanov Game Producer, XS Software JSCo6 years ago
Recently the word "cloud" emerges in a lot of publications. Cloud storage soon, cloud gaming in the near future... I do not want to live in a world where I have to depend on my internet connection and a cloud hosting company in order to get entertained. What happens if one of the above mentioned experienced tech difficulties?
I have to stop gaming and read a book? Meh...
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Anuj Malhotra Studying Business Management, Imperial College London6 years ago
Cross platform gaming? Brilliant! This tech has huge implications for bringing MMOs to consoles surely.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 6 years ago
Cross platform gaming is surely the future.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game6 years ago
Whilst I'm guessing Valve have been able to get Sony to agree to things Microsoft wouldn't, I think Gabe has used some bad wording in terms of politics. I thought that in the E3 speach informing everyone that the PS3 version would be the best console version, he was oblivious to the message he was sending out that the 360 version would be second rate (but guys, if you don't mind, please still buy it for the same price).
By all means make an awesome version on PS3, but to announce that another version would be not as good?
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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University6 years ago
so if i buy it for the ps3, i can play it on my pc and ps3?

@Jake Stefanov: steam cloud gameing just keeps a back up for you, letting up pick up from any where. if your net goes down ((and steam offline works)) then it will update the copy when you get back online.
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Just waiting to see when the first PS3 games can be bought via Steam.
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Pete Thompson Editor 6 years ago
Sounds excellent, although I just hope that the those three platforms (Or the users) can co-exist, and that it doesn't end with immature gamers (and there will be loads of them) slagging off the other platforms..

Shame there's no X360 support for cross platform, it's easy to mute people on XBL :-)..
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Matthew Harrington Programmer/ game designer 6 years ago
amazing.. there is hope
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Christopher Goodno Studying Computer Sciences, University of Maryland6 years ago
*** I do not want to live in a world where I have to depend on my internet connection and a cloud hosting company in order to get entertained.***

You shouldn't worry too much about that. The true benefit of cloud computing isn't in requiring a constant Internet connection, but in utilizing one when connected to update data.
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Armin Seuchter Studying Business Management, University of Surrey6 years ago
Valve is simply brilliant. Portal 2 better get the sales it deserves on the PlayStation 3 so as to further encourage Valve to develop on the PlayStation 3. Valve may bring some serious competition to consoles if this continues.
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Shamsuddeen Salihu-Alkali 3D Artist / Environment Artist 6 years ago
thats just fantastic...but is it only the ps3 version that u can steam play with PC/MAC or if you buy it on PC/MAC first you will be able to download it on ps3 or the ps3 disk has to be bought seperately??
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Thomas Würgler Staff writer, Geek Culture6 years ago
They caught my interest with Steam Play. That could be a deciding factor when choosing the console platform to get the game for. Generally 360 games run better and the controller is nicer, but if you get a free computer version on top of your purchase (and ability to sync save games) that's quite an advantage for Sony. I wonder what will happen with the bigger titles (think Left 4 Dead, Half-Life).
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Ryan Locke Lecturer in Media Design, University of Abertay Dundee6 years ago
Excellent news. I hope this plays outs long into the future, I love the idea of steam on consoles.
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Philip Wilson Project Manager/QA 6 years ago
Shouldnt this be called "Steamworks" (their middleware) and not "Steam" (their digital distribution service)? There is a difference...just sayin ;)
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Nick Hidayat Studying Advanced Diploma in Character Animation, Animation Mentor6 years ago
Very excited about the prospect of Steam integrating with the PSN. Was not expecting it to have cross platform features other than cloud saves.

I think cross platform gaming has to be the future....right?

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Private Industry 6 years ago
Nice features there, let`s see how it will work in the end. The only cross platform game that comes to my mind is Shadowrun. That it is a coop game and not a competitive game certainly helps with the difference in control methods unless it also has keyboard and mouse support, but barely any game supports that unfortunately.

The cloud save data system will be great wish consoles would have that as a standard, remember when my PS3 broke and lost a lot of save files due to that.
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C. Ottis Williams Games and Tech Editor, Fayetteville Publishing Company6 years ago
"thats just fantastic...but is it only the ps3 version that u can steam play with PC/MAC or if you buy it on PC/MAC first you will be able to download it on ps3 or the ps3 disk has to be bought seperately??"

Excellent f'n question. PC gamers better not get the shaft on this.
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C. Ottis Williams Games and Tech Editor, Fayetteville Publishing Company6 years ago
"thats just fantastic...but is it only the ps3 version that u can steam play with PC/MAC or if you buy it on PC/MAC first you will be able to download it on ps3 or the ps3 disk has to be bought seperately??"

Excellent f'n question. PC gamers better not get the shaft on this.
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Anuj Malhotra Studying Business Management, Imperial College London6 years ago
Unlikely that buying a PC game will let you play on ps3 thanks to format holder needing to take a slice, unless Sony is feeling very generous (so basically no). Works the other way round because Valve are effectively the format holders on PC as all games will go through steam, and more people installing steam is exactly what they want.

@Thomas: It is indeed interesting to think what this will mean for Valve's future games (unlikely to affect past games, I'd assume it's not worth the costs to recode them, though it wouldn't be beyond the guys working on the Steamcloud). Knowing Valve's love of experimenting and carrying forward successful innovations this can only bode well for Half Life 3 et al working across PS3 and steamplay too.
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Private Industry 6 years ago
Besides of the giving away a big part of their cake for Sony. It`s also a lot more likely someone with a PS3 has a PC compared to people who have a PC has a lower chance of having a PS3.

I would expect that Valve was thinking about some way to prevent people from exploiting that feature to much, maybe it`s just the coop version that you get for PC instead of the complete full game. I`m sure they have some idea so they don`t cut too much intro the PC sales with that feature.
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