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Steamworks and Portal 2 coming to PS3

Steamworks and Portal 2 coming to PS3

Valve's E3 2010 surprise is that it will develop Portal 2 and Steamworks for the PlayStation 3.

Valve has finally revealed the secret E3 2010 announcement which has been the subject of so much speculation in the last few weeks, announcing that it will be bringing Portal 2 and the features of its Steamworks system to the PS3.

Previously Valve has been famous for its decidedly anti-PS3 stance, with Valve founder Gabe Newell being particularly outspoken on the subject.

Now though, Valve seems to have changed direction and while previous PS3 releases were all ported by EA, Valve will now work directly on the projects in-house, as it does with PC, Xbox 360 and Mac OS X version. This explains Valve's PS3 recruitment drive we saw a while ago.

"I've been pretty outspoken in my comments about next-gen consoles," said Gabe Newell during Sony's E3 conference, "so I'd like to thank Sony for their gracious hospitality and not repeatedly punching me in the face."

Valve now reckons that the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2 will be "the best console version of the game". As well as developing Portal 2 for the PS3, Valve will also bring some Steamworks features to Sony's console, offering community support, downloadable content, automatic updates and cloud-based saving. Hypothetically, that means you'll be able to play the game on PC, Mac and PS3 all at the same time, with saved progress being consistent across all three.

Underwhelmed by Valve's surprise announcement and annoyed we've still not heard anything about Episode 3? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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proxess 16th June 2010, 12:17 Quote
Only reason I'd get a PS3 is GT5. Portal is decidedly a PC game, like pretty much all First Person games (at least the decent ones).
Baz 16th June 2010, 12:21 Quote
Steam store directly on the PS3? Now wouldn't that be something!
bodkin 16th June 2010, 12:23 Quote
This is a bigger anti climax than the world cup!
Tyrmot 16th June 2010, 12:37 Quote
Underwhelmed is the understatement of the year...
uz1_l0v3r 16th June 2010, 12:40 Quote
Does this mean we get to play PS3 gamers?
lacuna 16th June 2010, 12:58 Quote
Well, I am overjoyed at this announcement. I will be playing Portal 2 on PC but having Steam on PS3 will be amazing. I do have to wonder whats in it for Sony though, will they get a cut of all profits from PS3 users? Also, PC games are generally cheaper than the console version so if you were to buy MW2 for pc via steam would you then be able to download the PS3 version for 'free', thereby saving money on the console version? If that is the case then I think it could either have a detrimental effect upon the pricing of PC games or have a very positive effect on the price of console games.

Also, the PS3 is more than capable of being of controlled with a keyboard and mouse, it just hasn't been implemented in many games. There is no reason why Valve couldn't port their games and include keyboard and mouse as a control method, in which case my PC probably won't get used for gaming anymore.
Leitchy 16th June 2010, 12:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by uz1_l0v3r
Does this mean we get to play PS3 gamers?

Nae, only chat to them
wuyanxu 16th June 2010, 13:04 Quote
was this the reason Portal 2 got delayed?
mi1ez 16th June 2010, 13:07 Quote
I thought we were told PC gamers were in for a treat?!
KoenVdd 16th June 2010, 13:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Well, I am overjoyed at this announcement. I will be playing Portal 2 on PC but having Steam on PS3 will be amazing. I do have to wonder whats in it for Sony though, will they get a cut of all profits from PS3 users? Also, PC games are generally cheaper than the console version so if you were to buy MW2 for pc via steam would you then be able to download the PS3 version for 'free', thereby saving money on the console version? If that is the case then I think it could either have a detrimental effect upon the pricing of PC games or have a very positive effect on the price of console games.

Also, the PS3 is more than capable of being of controlled with a keyboard and mouse, it just hasn't been implemented in many games. There is no reason why Valve couldn't port their games and include keyboard and mouse as a control method, in which case my PC probably won't get used for gaming anymore.

You're getting ahead of yourself there. He only said steamWORKS, so likely the game will just connect to the steam servers, allow you to earn achievements on steam, see steam friends, use the cloud... But I really doubt Sony is going to allow steam store on the PS3.

That said, underwhelmed is indeed an understatement.
Aterius Gmork 16th June 2010, 13:33 Quote
Meh, another sacrifice to the console god. Dumbed down HL3 anyone? :'(
CardJoe 16th June 2010, 13:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
Steam store directly on the PS3? Now wouldn't that be something!

It's SteamWORKS, not Steam. Cloud saving, auto-updates - Not the Store.

Think about it - it'd just directly compete with PSN, fruitlessly and uselessly. There's very little actual crossover between PS3 games and PC games as available through Steam.
lacuna 16th June 2010, 14:10 Quote
Hmm, slightly confused about the scope of SteamWORKS then. Will I be able to buy Portal for PS3 and then have it appear in my Steam library and vice versa? If not then I can't see the point in cloud saving and if that is the case then surely you would need the Steam client for delivery on the PS£?

I can see that Steam would compete with the PSN but if Sony get a cut then maybe it would be an overall win for them anyway?
Skiddywinks 16th June 2010, 14:24 Quote
What a load of ****.

Announce something we care about, for the ****ing love of God!
Unknownsock 16th June 2010, 14:27 Quote
He just stop announcing crap until we he gets episode 3 done!
Or get Portal 2 out of the door quicker atleast.

They really are one of the slowest developers out there.
Jack_Pepsi 16th June 2010, 14:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
What a load of ****.

Announce something we care about, for the ****ing love of God!

+1 - apart from the God bit (we all know God isn't real).
Jim 16th June 2010, 14:57 Quote
Surely it's a certainty that you'll still have to buy the game twice, so it's pretty redundant.
CardJoe 16th June 2010, 14:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Hmm, slightly confused about the scope of SteamWORKS then. Will I be able to buy Portal for PS3 and then have it appear in my Steam library and vice versa?

That's how it currently works with Steam games. Just Cause 2, for example, saves to the Cloud so that you can play on multiple PCs. The PC and Mac compatible games allow you to do that across both platforms. Take your Mac Book out with you, play a bit, save, go home, pick it up on PC from the same place.
Mentai 16th June 2010, 15:15 Quote
I would think this means cross platform multiplayer (remember that Portal 2 has a coop campaign) which is kinda cool. I guess. I dunno, I was watching the Sony press conference and was all excited when Gabe came on because it meant seeing a portal 2 teaser but now that I think about it this is only good for Sony and not for me as a PC gamer. Oh well, it was either this surprise or nothing so whatever (it was obvious they weren't going to show any HL stuff, though CS2 would have been cool).
robyholmes 16th June 2010, 15:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Hmm, slightly confused about the scope of SteamWORKS then. Will I be able to buy Portal for PS3 and then have it appear in my Steam library and vice versa? If not then I can't see the point in cloud saving and if that is the case then surely you would need the Steam client for delivery on the PS£?

I can see that Steam would compete with the PSN but if Sony get a cut then maybe it would be an overall win for them anyway?

They could let you buy it on steam store, or retail or PSN. Then give you a key that works on both PS3 and PC which you link with your steam account or PSN account (Or wateva is, I don't have PS3, PC all the way!)
lacuna 16th June 2010, 16:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Hmm, slightly confused about the scope of SteamWORKS then. Will I be able to buy Portal for PS3 and then have it appear in my Steam library and vice versa?

That's how it currently works with Steam games. Just Cause 2, for example, saves to the Cloud so that you can play on multiple PCs. The PC and Mac compatible games allow you to do that across both platforms. Take your Mac Book out with you, play a bit, save, go home, pick it up on PC from the same place.

I think you have perhaps misunderstood my question. I understand Steam (been using it since HL2 release) but I don't understand its purpose if it is stripped of all its features for the PS3. Say, for example, I buy Portal 2 for PC, it goes in my steam library and I can play it on any PC/MAC with the Steam client. However, how will it be delivered to the PS3? Surely my PS3 would require a version of the Steam client to be downloaded first in order to validate my Steam account? It would seem pointless to produce a bespoke client for the PS3 just for 1 game, hence my thinking that they have grander plans.

If, on the other hand, purchasing a copy of Portal 2 via the Steam store for PC/MAC does not entitle you to a PS3 copy then I see no point in the cloud saving feature (other than saving hdd space). Automatic updates are normal for any PS3 game already so thats hardly revolutionary. If Valve are planning on offering DLC via their own means then that is already a conflict with the PSN.

It seems to me that either Valve are going to offer a proper client for the PS3 with the store or it will just end up being nothing more than a PS3 release of Portal 2 developed by Valve rather than ported by someone else.
Javerh 16th June 2010, 17:45 Quote
What if you buy the PS3 version normally and you get the PC/MAC for free and not vice versa? I can already see myself wearing a Portal turret hat on my pyro!
dyzophoria 16th June 2010, 20:28 Quote
from apple to ps3, is gabe really running valve nowadays? oh well.. meh
EdwardTeach 16th June 2010, 23:34 Quote
This was their big announcement! Thanks.
popcornuk1983 17th June 2010, 01:47 Quote
What a kick in the teeth to PC gamers.

Fair enough we will get Portal 2 which I am looking forward to. But come on! 2011? Why not release to PC first then port to consoles? You know, to show that you still give a crap about your loyal PC gamer base who have been with you since HL1!
knuck 17th June 2010, 03:27 Quote
This is like when the girl you like tells you she needs to tell you something and then, as she looks at you in the eyes and smiles, she says she just found the perfect guy to be with. Of course that guy is not you and is actually some asshole you hate but she's still smiling
Bindibadgi 17th June 2010, 04:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by popcornuk1983
What a kick in the teeth to PC gamers.

Fair enough we will get Portal 2 which I am looking forward to. But come on! 2011? Why not release to PC first then port to consoles? You know, to show that you still give a crap about your loyal PC gamer base who have been with you since HL1!

Oh blah blah presumptive blah.

How do you know the two aren't connected? It could be just Valve perfecting Portal 2 takes until 2011 anyway. As far as I know, Value game development and Steam online are mostly separate within the company anyway.

However, stating and FPS is "the best console version of the game" is like saying this is the best **** you'll eat all day. It's not exactly Halo as Portal makes extensive use of the Y axis. I like this part though: "I'd like to thank Sony for their gracious hospitality" - either Sony are getting very desperate for games, which considering their 2010 line up sounds plausible, and/or they threw a lot of money at Gabe and took the team to a titty bar.

And people wonder why companies don't like PC gamers anymore? :p
impar 17th June 2010, 09:20 Quote
Greetings!

Who will want to play Portal 2 in a PS3 instead of on a PC?!:?
lacuna 17th June 2010, 09:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

Who will want to play Portal 2 in a PS3 instead of on a PC?!:?

People without a PC obviously. Besides that, if you can play with a keyboard and mouse on PS3 theres no real difference.
wuyanxu 17th June 2010, 09:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
People without a PC obviously. Besides that, if you can play with a keyboard and mouse on PS3 theres no real difference.
graphical differences mainly. hopefully, i shall be playing at 2560 x 1440 or higher resolution if it comes out in 2011.
sandys 17th June 2010, 10:31 Quote
Portal wasn't exactly full of high res, high quality graphical goodness, not much of the stuff from Valve is, designed to run on a broad spectrum of hardware and run well so engine feels firmly stuck in 2006, art quality determining how well it looks really, therefore PC is probably not much of a benefit, also regarding keyboard and mouse, wasn't really necessary in Portal as its not all about shooty shooty headshot, would probably perfectly fit a pad, not that I'd really know I played on PC.
smc8788 19th June 2010, 09:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
People without a PC obviously.

LOL @ the thought of someone not owning a PC in 2010.
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