This morning, Valve dropped some details on Steam for the PlayStation 3. Steam, previously only available for PC, will launch for the PlayStation 3 with the release of Portal 2 on Tuesday. Here's what it will offer:
- Portal 2 will feature cross-platform matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements between the PS3 and PC.
- Steam on the PS3 saves co-op Portal 2 game progress and single player saved games to the "Steam Cloud," enabling players to pick up where they left off on any PlayStation 3.
- The Steam overlay for PS3 provides access to both PSN and Steam friends, displaying their in-game or online status and providing a quick pathway to text chats, player profiles, friend requests, and game invites. Steam Achievements are earned in at the same time PSN Trophies are earned and are also accessible within the Steam overlay.
- Linked players of the PS3 version of Portal 2 can access and play their copy of Portal 2 on any PC or Mac by redeeming an in-box access code on their computer. The Steam client verifies the linked customer and then lists Portal 2 among their library of Steam games for PC and Mac.
Steam on the PS3 provides access to all of these features once the player links their PlayStation Network account with a Steam account, which is done within the game. A Steam user can login to an existing account, and anyone new to Steam can create an account with the click of a button in Portal 2.
I don't know about you, but this has me seriously re-thinking the pre-order I've placed for the 360 version of Portal 2. Most of my friends have 360s, and I like the achievement system, but damn, these features just sound way too good to be true.
For more information, visit Valve's official Steam for PS3 site.
So what do you guys think? Does this represent the dawning of a new age of cross-console play and cooperation?