Valve, today, has revealed information on the inclusion of the Steam service on the PS3 version of Portal 2 (which, as we already knew, allows us to cross-play the title on both the PS3 and Mac/PC versions). You also get your save progress (both single player and co-op) saved to the Steam Cloud, as well as being able to communicate with friends and unlock Steam Achievements.
As far as the Steam Achievements go, those unlock alongside the PSN Trophies, so, regardless of where you play the game, you will unlock both of those. Now, all this requires you to link your Steam account to your PSN account. This is all possible in-game, where you can also create a Steam account if you don’t already have one.
These features alone make the PS3 version superior, as far as consoles go. The only thing I’d like to have seen added, really, is PlayStation Move support, and where the ball changes color based on which portal you were going to create (orange and blue). Don’t forget, you can win a copy of the game here as well! I’m sure you’ve seen the banners everywhere. If not, click here.
[spoiler intro="Official Press Release"]
Portal 2 for PlayStation®3: Steam Details Revealed
Valve’s Highly-Anticipated Title Prepares for Launch On PS3
April 13, 2011 – Valve, creator of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today disclosed details regarding the Steam experience designed for the PlayStation®3, which is set to debut next week with the release of Portal 2.
The first title to support Steam on a console, Portal 2 offers cross-platform matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements, all powered by Steam. Steam on the PS3 also saves co-op 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 lockstep with PSN Trophies and are also accessible within the Steam overlay.
Steam on the PS3 provides access to all of these features once the player has linked their PlayStation® Network account with a Steam account, which is done right 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 the spirit of Steam Play, linked players of the PS3 version of Portal 2 can also 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.
For more information regarding Steam on the PS3, visit the Steam Support knowledge base. For more information regarding Portal 2, visit www.thinkwithportals.com.[/spoiler]
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