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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive loses PS3/PC cross-play

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Valve has canceled plans to offer PS3 and PC cross-play for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, despite toting cross-platform functionality as a key feature for its online FPS earlier this year.

The decision was revealed by Valve's Chet Faliszeck, who told Joystiq that eliminating the connection between the two systems will ultimately improve the service for both, explaining, “The beta has proved we want to update not just the beta, but the game itself post-launch frequently on the PC. To do that we need to separate the platforms so one doesn’t hamstring the other. So for that, we have removed the idea of cross-platform play — essentially make all platforms stronger by not mixing them.”

Cutting the cord between PS3 and PC will likely come as a disappointment to console players who were itching to give their computer opponents a good fight, but this should allow Valve to keep both communities running smoothly without either being affected by platform-specific tweaks and upgrades

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is on track to launch for PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac in just a few months. Check out our latest preview of the Arsenal mode to get a fix on the competition.

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8 comments

  • burnsideking24 - March 8, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    Awwww! This sucks! I was really looking forward to some friendly competition with PC players! oh well, i guess i'll just see how much better i am with a controller or Kb+ mouse on my ps3
  • TheFabricOfTime - March 6, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    The first time I heard about this, I was telling my brother how awesome it was going to be. Now this...
  • kiing8kong6 - March 6, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    Well that sucks some rather large balls....
  • chriszewski - March 6, 2012 1 p.m.

    Cross-platform play didn't work with Shadowrun, but not because of update frequency... Be honest Valve, why'd you really abandon CP.
  • pepheb - March 6, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    Console limitations once again making something pretty cool not possible! Oh well, I was planning on playing the pc version anyway, I'll just ask my friends how much people suck with controllers as opposed to their keyboard and mouse.
  • krejsy - March 6, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    They just lost one sold copy, I was planning on buying this just to support an awesome concept. @gazzc the PS3 version will support KB + mouse, your statement just makes you seem ignorant.
  • gazzc - March 7, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    Still, realistically 90% of the players will use a controller on ps3. Not that I really care, I see this game as being cs for consoles. I really can't imagine why any pc player would want to switch to this from cs source.
  • gazzc - March 6, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    Lol, kb + mouse vs a controller? Pc players would just think they are awesome and ps3 players would wonder why they always died first.

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