When Portal 2 was announced for PlayStation 3 at E3 2010 Gabe Newell promised that the PS3 version of the title would be the best available. With a press release sent out today, it seems he wasn’t joking around. Valve has announced Portal 2’s PlayStation 3 specific features, and they are awesome.
Portal 2 on PS3 will be the first console game of this generation to support Valve’s Steam service. PS3 Portal 2 players will be able to cross-platform game with PC and Mac owners of the title through Steam. Furthermore, it will be possible to save your Portal 2 progress on Steam’s cloud-based network, as well as cross platform chat with PC and Mac users. Essentially, the bridge between PS3, PC and Mac has officially been crossed first by Valve.
Additionally, people who purchase the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2 will also receive a voucher to download a copy of the game for PC on Steam for free. All you’ll have to do is link your PSN and Steam accounts. Easy as pie.
"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."
This. Is. Awesome. We can only hope that this approach to cross-platform promotion carries over to other titles that release on both PC (Mac) and PlayStation 3. DC Universe Online, we’re looking at you! But in the mean time we have Portal 2 to look forward to for some cross-platforming goodness when the game releases on PlayStation 3, PC, Mac and Xbox 360 in April.