Thanks to the combined brilliance of the men and women behind both Steam and Sony’s Playstation 3 games console, we now have a ‘cross-platform’ gaming experience that is unsurpassed as Electronic Arts’ Portal 2 marries both of the gaming industry’s most eligible singleton’s into a perfect console-based couple.
The return of EA’s Portal title is expected to bring a new era of ‘entente cordial’ between PC and console-based gamers, and we have to agree, having experienced first hand the blissful union of both the Playstation 3 and Steam during the review of Electronic Arts upcoming puzzler.
Make no mistake about it, readers, the unification of a player’s Steam and Playstation 3 account’s on Sony’s genial console makes for a turning a point in gaming history. Although the cross-platform amalgamation is nothing new, never before has it been done with such panache, nor with such long-term prospects. The result of both Steam and Sony coming together in a meeting of massive mind’s is one that should have PC and Playstation 3 gamers rubbing their hands together in expectant glee, as it opens up so many doors, and dare we say it ‘Portals’, that may, in time, see gamers from both format’s enjoying previously exclusive titles that were once unavailable to gamers of opposing platforms.
Imagine then just how big this opportunity is when you consider playing Killzone 3 on your PC via your compatible Playstation 3/Steam account? Or Uncharted, Resistance Fall of Man, Ratchett and Clank and so many other fantastic Sony titles that litter Playstation 3 gamers’ libraries like trophies in a cabinet of unrivalled exclusivity.
But the same may now also become available for Playstation 3 owners as the massive, and simply staggering, amount of top quality titles that line the pages of Steam open themselves up to the droves of console gamers who have yet to fully immerse themselves into the magical, and unparalleled perfection, of the PC gamer.
Rejoice then, dear gamers, for there is a great revolution at hand, and with it comes freedom, and what a freedom it is! Freedom of choice, freedom to play any title that you see before you, freedom to play with friends around the world regardless of system, freedom to enjoy truly epic games from both platforms. But best of all is the freedom to enjoy the awesome deal’s that were once the sole property of Steam’s downloadable catalogue of cracking digital titles.
Portal 2, and the decisions made by the developers at Electronic Arts, and of course the head’s of both Valve and Sony, has the chance to be remembered as the game that revolutionized the way that PC and console gamers enjoy their titles. This is no small achievement, and no token gesture by all of the companies involved, this genuinely is the start of something truly memorable for both Playstation 3 and PC gamers.
Just looking at the new features that are now available to gamers of both format’s should send a shiver of sensual anticipation down their spines as they see word’s like Cross Platform match-making, friends lists, gameplay, trophies and achievements and of course the piece de resistance: ‘Cross Platform Chat.‘
In a statement on the US Playstation blog, Valve’s Doug Lombardi had this to say on this digital dream state for PC and PS3 gamers:
Explaining further the mechanic’s of just how the PC system will function on the Playstation 3 and informing gamers of some of the features that they can expect to be taking advantage of, Mr Lombardi went on to add:
“Steam makes its appearance on the PS3 as an overlay within Portal 2. Here, the Steam overlay provides access to Steam Friends, displaying their in-game or online status and providing a quick pathway to text chats, player profiles, friend requests, and game invites. Steam Achievements are earned in lockstep with PSN Trophies and are also accessible within the Steam overlay.
“Steam on the PS3 provides access to all of these features once the player has linked their PlayStation Network account with a Steam account, which is done right within the game. A Steam user can login to an existing account, and anyone new to Steam can create an account with the click of a button.”
“With all these features, Portal 2 on the PS3 is the best console version of the game,” he concluded, “just as it was suggested it would be back at E3 last year.”
So be prepared for immense, and intense, happenings on both the Playstation 3, as well as the PC, in the future. As gamers around the globe meet in the middle to enjoy and experience a totally new way to play their favourite videogames, and right at the forefront of this revolutionary move by both Valve and Sony, comes the physic’s based puzzler Portal 2. So thanks your lucky EA star’s and meet up with your friends from PC and PS3 now as Electronic Art’s stunning new sequel hits shelves next week.