Valve releases new PS3 Steam details

Today, publisher, developer, and digital download superpower Valve released new information about the upcoming integration of its digital delivery service, Steam, with the PlayStation 3. Well, most of it isn't really new - we already knew that the PS3 version of Portal 2 will include a free PC or Mac copy of the game, and that its Steam integration will enable cross-platform play and Steam Achievements, as well as give PS3 users access to cloud storage. Today's press release is more of a reminder, though it does include a few seemingly new details.

Among those new details is the reveal that the PS3's Steam overlay will allow users to access friend profiles, chat, and send invites to both Steam and PSN friends. Users must link their Steam and PSN accounts to use the features, and those without an existing Steam account will be able to create a new one with "the click of a button," according to Valve.

Regarding Steam Cloud support, which stores saved games independently of the console running the game, it should be noted that PS3 and PC/Mac saves will not be compatible.

The company also revealed how owners of Portal 2 on PS3 will be able to redeem their free PC or Mac copies of the game. It's no surprise - a code which can be redeemed through Steam will be provided in the box. The code cannot be gifted to a friend, however, as it must be used with the Steam account linked to your PSN account.

More information about the upcoming PS3/Steam integration is now available on the official Steam support site.

Apr 13, 2011




  • KidKatana - April 14, 2011 8:08 a.m.

    If they just patched the PS3 Orange Box so I can play it again without all the load times & lag I'd be happy. That doesn't really involve Steam, but hey, it should still happen.
  • hllywd212 - April 14, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    @ potpan0 While it would be sweet if Valve released L4D on the PS3, I doubt they would. L4D 2 is going on 2 years of age now and it seems a little pointless. Not to mention that if cross platform play is enabled between PC and PS3 for L4D, the PC players would invariably crush the console players. The rage would be massive.
  • Gillespee - April 14, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    So my question is, can I send my PS3 copy to goozex as soon as I get the PC version installed?
  • potpan0 - April 13, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    Did anyone else notice on the link that when it showed the steam friends thing, the top one (and one of the lower ones) was a L4D profile name (tank). I might just be me getting over excited but this could be a hint at L4D coming to PS3.
  • Person5 - April 13, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    @Channel4 If I remember correctly there will be mod support with PS3 but not 360, Valve switched their loyalties and hate the 360 now, god forbid it gets any special features
  • Channel4 - April 13, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    ^^ I think both PS3 and 360 versions have mod support.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 13, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    What I'm hoping for is a full-on console-based Steam Marketplace, deals and all.
  • shadowreaper72 - April 13, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    I only care about one thing and one thing only about Steam on PS3. Will I be able to use fan made mods? Like for example to make Dragon Age Origin character faces not butass ugly? Or maybe some awesome mods for Fallout?
  • beezn - April 13, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    I'm getting Portal 2 for the PS3 mostly just so I can get it on PC, support Steam's integration with consoles and then trade in the PS3 copy. Amazon's got a $20 credit for most everything on Amazon promo with the PS3 copy too.
  • Channel4 - April 13, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    Assuming that someone who buys the PS3 version has no interest in the free steam version, they could easily just link their account (or any account on their PS3) to a friends steam account to give them a free copy. I'm worried that all of the online features will be locked to one account on a PS3 though, if they are then when my brother gives me the free steam version then we won't be able to play coop together unless I buy the PC version myself.
  • bigwill1221 - April 13, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    I hope steam games will eventually be able to use on PS3... getting a PC copy for game D=....
  • therawski - April 13, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    These little minor details I had already assumed. I'm just waiting for a date and what titles will actually be available given that all steam games seem to be compiled for intel chips (although I can run Portal from steam in wine on an amd64 cpu (I don't have any other steam games)).
  • AngryScotsman - April 13, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Do you know if the "buy the PS3 version, get the PC version" offer is international?
  • ChrisMacDee - April 13, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    The lack of ps3 - pc save file compatibility kinda sucks, but suppose it would have required a fair bit of effort to get it working (seeing as ps3 and source games have their own save formats). Still have the ps3 version pre-ordered nonetheless :)
  • Asmodean - April 13, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    So cross-platform play is a go, that really impressive (tech wise), have they said anything about split screen co-op?
  • HitmanSB07 - April 13, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    I really hope they bring out more, pc-like support...Maybe some Counter Strike epicness
  • Killershadow117 - April 13, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    Damn, Oh well. Thanks for the response. On another note, is there any way I can change my name on my account?
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - April 13, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    @Killershadow117 I failed to mention (now updated) that the code must be used with the Steam account linked to your PSN account. Sorry.
  • Killershadow117 - April 13, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    Sweet, nice to know the PS3 is getting some love with this. If anyone wants to give me the PC code to play co-op with them I would be happy too!
  • SUSMaker9 - April 13, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    Cool beans. Lookin' forward to it.

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