Portal 2 marks the debut of Steam and cross platform play on PS3
What this means is that Portal 2 will feature cross platform play between PS3 and PC/Mac gamers for multiplayer games in addition to cloud-based storage of saved game files and cross platform chat. This is a first for the current generation of consoles.
“We designed the Portal 2 PS3 experience to be very straightforward for gamers,” said 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.”
Not only that, but those who purchase the PS3 version of the game will also be able to unlock a Steam Play copy of Portal 2 for their PC or Mac for free by linking their PSN and Steam accounts. This is just the beginning too.
“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 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.”
This announcement marks a huge advancement for gaming. Cross platform gaming has always been on gamers’ mind and it’s finally starting to become a reality. Who knows, perhaps further down the road we’ll see PS3 gamers playing against Xbox 360 gamers in whichever Call of Duty is released at the time.
Another advancement is the use of cloud-based storage. Every megabyte is precious, especially if you’re like this writer and still have the original 60GB PS3 model. While Portal 2 will only store saves, we may eventually see entire PS3 games being stored online. It’s definitely possible; just look at OnLive.
It’s clear that Valve is taking their time to make the PS3 version of Portal 2 the best experience for console gamers. What are your thoughts, now that Steam has been confirmed for PS3? Do you even care about the new features? Let us know below.