Steam for PS3 Portal 2 detailed

Puzzle-platformer will offer cross-platform gameplay, matchmaking, friends list, achievements, cloud saves, and chat via Valve's online service on Sony's console.

At last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Sony announced Portal 2 was coming to the PlayStation 3. More surprising was the revelation by the game's developer, Valve Software, that it would be bringing Steam online functionality to the PlayStation Network.

The Steam overlay on PS3 will let players access Valve's online service from the console.

After months of letting fans wonder how Steam might work on the PS3, today Valve announced how the two systems will sync up. According to the suburban Seattle developer, Steam will offer Portal 2 players "cross-platform matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements."

Using the Steam Cloud feature, it will also offer online saves of both co-op and single-player games that can be accessed from any online PS3. PS3 Portal 2 purchasers can also get a free PC or Mac edition of the game via a one-time Steam download code included with the game. [CORRECTION: GameSpot initially reported you could access PS3 Portal 2 game saves on other platforms, which is not the case.]

Steam for the PS3 will also let players look up both their PlayStation Network and Steam friends and offer rapid access to game invites, friend requests, player profiles, and text chat. In addition, Steam achievements in Portal will be "earned in lockstep" with PlayStation Trophies, once players link their PSN ID and Steam accounts.

Instructions on how to use Steam on the PS3 can be found on the Steam Support Knowledge Base. Portal 2 will debut on the platform--and the PC and Xbox 360--on April 19.

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DeedZthedog
DeedZthedog

I also agree with some people out there if there bundling the game they want people to buy it I'd be watching out for Portal 2 PS3 to get a better review then Portal 2 XBOX on gamespot or ign OR THEY MIGHT JUST BE LAME AND REVIEW ONE GAME AND NOT EVEN BOTHER PLAYING THE OTHER

DeedZthedog
DeedZthedog

Lets face it playstation is better for E-T games examples LBP LBP2 MNR Uncharted Uncharted 2 But XBOX is more for M gamers Halo It made total sense to me why valve nor microsoft had any interest in signing a deal

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Seems a lot of Xbox fanboys are here. Hey, Portal 2 will be coming out for Xbox as well. I was probably going to get it for PC myself, but if the PS3 version will also come with PC version AND have all these features, there's no question which version is the best just on feature list. It's about time too, Valve was annoying me between its delaying Episode 3 for eternity and obsession with L4D, which I couldn't maintain interest in. Glad they do things like this to remind us they do care about fans. Rest assured, it's not some evil conspiracy between Sony and Valve to screw over Xbox owners, it's most likely Microsoft being unwilling to open up Xbox Live to these features because we 360 owners have to pay for it and PSN/PC players don't. If you want to get mad at anyone, get mad at Microsoft. Me? With the way things are going I'm likely to let my Xbox Live gold membership expire this year because it's not worth the money...well, it never was but my friends were on Xbox before.

Moloch121
Moloch121

@freema Xbox live service is great the problem with it is you have to pay for it. Steam is much better. Valve came to Microsoft before Steam was created, they wanted to make Steam WITH Microsoft and now look Microsoft has terrible games for windows live. Xbox live is a good service but until they make it free it will never be the best. And seriously they wouldn't let Valve release the Team Fortress 2 updates on 360 for free. PC and PS3 coop I can actually play with my friends. That'll be fun nice to see a company like Valve try to bridge gaps between console and PC. As long as the PC version doesn't suffer then I don't really care. And freema seriously Mass Effect 2 is worse on the Xbox 360. PS3 has is running on upgraded Unreal Engine from ME3 and PC has higher textures and resolution not mention 60 fps and mods. So shut up.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@freema Someone sounds mad. After a developer clearly says one version of the game is going to be lacking compared to the others he still claims it is best. Have fun being a 360 fanboy, while the rest of us gamers have fun playing games.

anthonycg
anthonycg

Because Half-Life 2 for PS3 wasn't awesome enough;

DKant
DKant

This is SO awesome. I doubt this will ever expand beyond Valve's own games though.

freema
freema

xbox dont need steam. We got a great online servise alredy. XBOX version will stil be the best I bet as are all multiplats. Just look at Mass Effect 2 ROFL

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

Steam honestly should just be the service across all consoles, although this will never happen. Although, this seems as though Steam will eventually have a foothold within the PS3 console, which would be nice.

kingotnw
kingotnw

As far as L4D goes... I only want them if they come at the budget price they should be sold at. Whether us PS3 owners got them or not is irrelevant to the price, which is why I am guessing they will never be ported over to PS3. They would have to be sold at $19.99, or at most $29.99, and I would think its not even worth it at this point for Valve.

kingotnw
kingotnw

Joker... Actually, Gabe did in fact say the PS3 version is the best version of Portal 2.

JokerFett
JokerFett

They forgot to add this: "...And that is why the PS3 version of Portal 2 will be the best, so buy it." 8)

Chickenman9431
Chickenman9431

This sounds sweet. But will you be able to play Steam games on PS3? That would just glorify the PS3. I would need no more systems.

CJ45_
CJ45_

Really just wish Steam would be the main os/service for PSN if you catch my drift.

zombiechief
zombiechief

i wish the xbox version had steam support

Jannradio
Jannradio

Awesome, love Steam.. Finally got something to do with my 160 gigs.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Guess who's coming for dinner...

Marky360
Marky360

@DarkNeoBahamut Yea well maybe it will happen Maybe

GearsofRage9
GearsofRage9

Now for the love of all things good let ps3 owners get left4dead

Kid2812
Kid2812

Sounds cool I guess my laptop isn't strong enough for me to play Portal 2 on it but I still have my PS3 :D

XeonForce
XeonForce

@Blinded_Colony I was talking more like a PSN/Steam unity, like if you could play PSN content through Steam, or Steam content through PSN. Portal 2 will be the first individual game to do this, but hopefully we will see more. If this game works/sells well then hope more developers (and console manufacturers) will take notice and make cross platform gaming a new standard. I hate having to buy CoD on multiple systems, because I play it equally on XB360/PS3/PC, in fact I didn't buy CoD:BO at all because I play different systems too much. Portal 2 is a start though, a damn good start!

harveyisbatman
harveyisbatman

Even though I'm die-hard xbox gamer I still feel pleased that the PS3 is getting this sort of functionality. I wish xbox users could at least get a steam copy as well though.

Johny_47
Johny_47

Steam is ok, but Valve are brilliant, maybe steam could replace the boring PSN/XMB thing, maybe then you could voice chat instantly while ingame, I know there's a crisis in Japan right now but for years Sony hasn't done anything good to PSN like XBOX LIVE has, it's just so 'dull' and PS3 deserves better. I'd love them to allow custom gamer pics(like steam) and to be able to change your name/online tag thing(yeah just like steam =P).

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

PS3 TEAM Fanboys VS PC TEAM Fanboys = STEAM'ed :|

carllfc
carllfc

That is absolutely amazing, I use steam along with my PS3 a hell of a lot, the two of them joining together is just perfect.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

@BelmontWolf Yeah I know what you mean, Microsfot just need to loosen up abit. I can see the pros and cons of cross platform The main cons that bug me are - Pc gamers on FPS & stratagy will generally kick ass. Also if PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers were to come together online and play great games and these games had cross platform chat as well - Holy Sh*t..itll be like most CoD lobbies - All flaming and no gaming!

robtheguru
robtheguru

Suprised Valve come out with cross platform compatability? Not really they are f******g awesome!

naraku2099
naraku2099

@namdar: Portal 2 has single-player and co-op. I don't think owning is quite the right term, but apparently you can intentionally let your teammate die. Sounds like fun to me.

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@Stryder_18 honestly what i will do is have some 1 like my brother play on their account on the ps3 since he he isn't big on pc gaming and i would just play it straight on my pc thats a way you could get around that

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@namdar good luck because i am no push over lol i love this ideal tho and we ps3 owners can finally show good good we really are compare to pc

mtait01
mtait01

so sony will just get hacked even more then? :p

namdar
namdar

Wow the future is now :) I always wanted to own lil console noobs on my pc :)

Zero_resistance
Zero_resistance

Sounds sweet, but if Steams involved there's got to be a catch.

Zero_resistance
Zero_resistance

Sounds sweet, but if Steams involved there's got to be a catch.

BelmontWolf
BelmontWolf

@DitchyJ yeah its a shame the only reasons its not going to be on the 360 is because they are battling to find a way to get around the fact that microsoft doesnt like the idea of free DLC despite it increasing the longevity of people playing their console. Valve wont stop trying though they really want to bring the console and PC gamers together which is about time it will break down some of the flame wars between them if they actually share thier games... course now that i think about it there will be FPS games with vs game types like Xbox 360 vs PS3 vs PC 3 way combat lol

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

It's nice to know Valve finally have some love for Sony's console :) All good stuff, cross-platform matchmaking is where the future needs to go.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

Now if steam PS3 introduce game downloads...im deffo game! Shame I cant have it for 360 as well. Good thing I have both :D

Stryder_18
Stryder_18

@Dmg051793 I read that you will not be able to play your PS3 copy with your free Steam PC copy, because you are not able to play while logged into two accounts. It would've been pretty cool if you could do that though.

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

Did I read that right? PS3 Portal 2 comes with a free Steam Portal 2? Whose idea was that, because s/he deserves a Gold Star with a smiley face!

illage2
illage2

And getting a free copy of Portal 2 for the PC is also a nice deal. I am well getting it for PS3.

illage2
illage2

I can't wait for this :D Gonna be awesome. I don't think the Xbox is getting Steam integrated as far as I know. HEHE

gladin09
gladin09

Perfect. I am often on steam and a strong PC user having a PS3 as well makes this new feature ideal considering I use and love both :P

brotherdime
brotherdime

@evaneself What are you talking about? This is a genius idea. You don't -have- to save your games to the Cloud, but when you can, you can load your saves anywhere, if you get a new PS3 or PC, you can carry on where you left off without having to start again. I'm psyched to be honest. A lot of my friends have PS3s but a few have PCs, and I'll get it on the PC. Good to know I'll be able to play with them.