Remember a while ago when Gabe and Valve were all up in Sony’s face saying that the PS3 sucked and that they loathed porting games onto it? It sparked the billionth PS3 vs Xbox 360 fanboy flamewar and the only people laughing at the whole thing were the PC gamers.
About a year later, Gabe was eating humble pie that had been freshly baked and stuffed with wads of Sony’s money. The head of Valve announced that the definitive console experience for Portal 2 was going to be on PS3. Why? Because it’s going to support Steamworks. But now, now there’s this to look forward to as well. Oh! And you’ll get a free copy of Portal 2 for your PC if you buy it on PS3.
Portal 2 on PS3 will have Steamworks functionality that includes auto updates, DLC access, Steam Cloud access for saved games and even friends lists. We all knew that already. Now PS3 and PC gamers will be able to play Portal 2 multiplayer across platforms. Microsoft tried this with Shadowrun, which allowed Xbox 360 gamers to play the game with PC gamers. It never really took off and the game kind of faded into obscurity. Portal 2, however, will probably fare differently.
You’ll be able to log into your Steam account through your PS3 version of Portal 2. This will then add the PC version of the game to your PC library for free. How cool is that?
Last Updated: January 18, 2011