OMGVDIA: PS3 Version of Portal 2 to Feature Cross-Platform Multiplayer, Plus MORE

By Allen Park

January 18, 2011

That acronym stands for “OMG Valve Does It Again”, a statement that PC gamers have been extolling for years now, and now PS3 owners will learn to appreciate as well. Valve announced last night that the PS3 version of Portal 2 will not only feature SteamPlay functionality as previously reported, but it’ll take that one step further and offer cross-platform multiplayer with PC and Mac players.

Additionally, in a move that downright embarrasses Sony for their continued lack of cross-game chat, Valve will also enable cross-platform in-game voice chat, all for free. And, if that wasn’t all, everyone who purchases the PS3 version of Portal 2 will also receive digital copies of the game for the PC or Mac.

It’s funny, I remember hearing speculation about Valve going this route, followed by incredulous responses and many a person being unconvinced they’d be this ambitious (myself included), but man, props to Gabe Newell and Valve for actually going full speed ahead with this PS3 Steam support. Sure, there’s a good chance cross-platform multiplayer might be nigh-unplayable due to latency issues and whatnot, but this is Valve we’re talking about, and they’ve always managed to provide a highly polished gaming experience.

All I know is for the first time in my life as a PC gamer, I’ll be buying a Valve game on a console over the PC. Unthinkable.

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Allen Park

Allen is an utter whore of a gamer; he's completely open-minded to all games, be they AAA blockbusters or $5 casual children's games. His focus is on indie games specifically, valuing gameplay and ingenuity over sparkly visuals and ridiculous gimmicks. When he's not geeking out over the newest art game, he's out toning his sexy, sculpted shoulders while surfing epic 1.5ft waves, or having a good time with local, high-gravity microbrews.

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