One of the bigger shocks from Sony’s keynote was the appearance of a rather nervous, and still rotund Gabe Newell. Surprising not only because he famously rubbished the PS3, but because he proclaimed that Portal 2 on PS3 would be the best console version available. Why?
Steamworks. Steamworks will allow for Portal 2 auto-updates, downloadable content, and community support directly from Valve – something the 360 version will be missing unless Microsoft changes its policies. It may get even better for PS3 owners.
When questioned on the subject of cross-compatibility between Steamworks and Steam – more specifically playing co-op on a PC with a friend playing on a PS3, Valve’s Eric Johnson said it was â€œsomething the team is gunning for.â€
Valve developer Mike Dunkle also confirmed this, saying:
â€œThe plan is you will be able to play between console and PCâ€
Anyone who’s played PC and Xbox 360 versions of Valve games would know how the 360 versions pale in comparison to their PC counterparts – primarily because of the frequent updates and user content that steam allows.
Source : The Kartel
Last Updated: June 18, 2010