Valve seriously upped the cross-platform ante today by announcing that the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2 will be the first console game to incorporate several key components of the developer’s online service Steam, giving players access to cross-platform co-op between PC/Macs and consoles, cloud storage for saved games, and cross-platform chat. And that’s not all.
If you buy a PS3 copy of Valve’s first-person puzzler, you’ll receive a free Steam Play copy of Portal 2 for PC or Mac. The Steam copy will automatically unlock once you link up your PlayStation Network ID and Steam accounts (Sorry, no gifting free copies to friends).
"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 co-founder and president Gabe Newell in a statement today. "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 release.”
Honestly, I would expect nothing less from Valve. It’s going above and beyond to finally put the nail in the “Valve hates PS3!” coffin, by bringing Steam, and everything that goes with it, to consoles for the first time, and, exclusively, at least for now, on the PS3. The term “game changer” comes to mind.
It’s not clear when Steam will make its way to Xbox 360, but unless it comes via a Portal 2 patch at some later date, the first opportunity will most likely be Left 4 Dead 3 and/or Half-Life 2: Episode 3 (or whatever it ends up being called), and, sadly, neither of those is anywhere near release. So if you want to enjoy Steam on your console and your computer, you only have one option for the foreseeable future. Is that okay with you?