If you have missed the big news some how about Portal 2 being cross platform playable, then you seem to have been sleeping in a hole for the past couple of days!
Valve released a press statement yesterday lunch time that they were going to stick to their guns and bring us the best console version of Portal 2 humanly possible. If you buy Portal 2 on the Playstation 3, you will get a free copy of the game to play on the PC and Mac via Valve’s Steam Play initiative.
This is all very exciting and all, but the best news is, that all 3 platforms will be able to play together in a huge Playstation 3 vs PC vs Mac orgy but unfortunately, only a 2 player co-op situation.
Although, you may find this trivial, believe me it’s not! It has opened up the door way for future developers to enable games to be played on all 3 platforms together, which will be very good news for anyone who owns games which support this.
All platforms will be up to date, and all will have equal support for each, which is even better, as consoles are currently favoured over PCs for gaming now days. They get the latest updates and addons way before PC users, so hopfully this will bring gaming back to the PC community!
Original press release below;
PORTAL 2 PLAYSTATION 3 STEAM FEATURES REVEALED
January 18, 2011 — Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the Steam features shipping with the PlayStation 3 (PS3) version of Portal 2.
Marking the debut of Steam functioning on any next generation console, the features shipping in the PS3 version of Portal 2 include cross platform play (PC/Mac vs. PS3) for multiplayer games, persistent cloud-based storage of PS3 saved games, and cross platform chat (PC/Mac and PS3).
In addition, those who purchase Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 may unlock a Steam Play (PC & Mac) copy of Portal 2 at no additional cost by linking their PSN and Steam accounts.
“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.”
“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.”
These features are made possible through the use of Steam, Valve’s platform for the delivery and management of games and digital content.
Portal 2 is due for release on the PlayStation 3, PC, Mac and Xbox 360 this April.
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