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Biggest Surprise of E3? Valve at the PS3 Conference?!

If there ever was a useful time to use the phrase “way out in left field,” this would be it. In a totally unexpected announcement, Gabe Newell, the guy PS3 owners loved to hate because of his negativity towards the PS3, actually made an appearance at Sony’s press conference, to announce that Portal 2 will be coming to the PS3. Here’s what I transcribed from the video:

As an industry, we’re going through a transition from an entertainment as a product to an entertainment as a service, and because of that, the needs of game players and game developers are evolving. More specifically, it’s not just about chips for rendering pixels, or calculating nav measures (someone correct me here). It’s about giving gamers a complete, social, connective experience. By adopting an open approach to these challenges, the PlayStation 3 is going to excel in this area. So, I’m very pleased to announce that we’ll be bringing Portal 2 to the PlayStation 3.

I’m excited that Steam will be a part of that experience, and I think that gamers will be delighted with features like Steam Cloud and automatic updates that will make the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2 the best version on any console.

I saw this happening live and couldn’t believe it! After all the bashing and hate he gave the PS3 over the years, what finally made him decide to swallow his words and go as far as to say the PS3 will be the best console version of that game? Now we must ask, does this mean Left 4 Dead might make its way to the PS3 as well?