Steam on PS3: Why Portal 2's Revolutionary Features Matter

The VideoGameWriters look beyond the exciting Portal 2 announcements to imagine what the future might hold for Steam, PS3 and gamers everywhere.

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3605d ago Replies(6)
redwolf3605d ago

m$ missed a big opportunity here

Captain Tuttle3605d ago (Edited 3605d ago )

This could be very big going forward although I have a feeling that brick and mortar retailers will put an incredible amount of pressure on publishers to keep their titles off of PS3 Steam. They don't want to see console DD take off like it has with the PC market. The Gamestop PC section is laughable.

Edit: Will this enable cross-game chat on the PS3? I know it'll have cross platform chat in Portal 2 but if you could chat, through Steam, with anyone playing anything on PSN that would be huge for Sony. Although if that was the case I'm not sure what Valve would get out of it? Maybe Sony moneyhats?

AKS3605d ago

I hope this goes well and opens the possibility of some Left 4 Dead cross-platform co-op play. Probably not already released L4D games, but maybe a sequel down the road could allow this to happen. I buy all my Valve games on PC, but I'd like to play some Valve games with my PSN friends.

Valve was pretty harsh with the PS3 (I remember it well as a launch 60GB owner), but they've doing more than expected to make amends for the way they behaved.

NYC_Gamer3605d ago

MS with their strict xbl policy

Letros3605d ago

MS would rather do this with Windows Live/Xbox Live, Valve and MS are not exactly buddy buddy.

Though any attempt by MS is futile on the PC side, Steam is a freight train.

AKS3605d ago

A quality that my GFWL supported PC games all seem to share is that they crash all the time, especially Fallout 3 and Bioshock 2. I think I'd rather go with Valve on this.

killyourfm3605d ago

If Sony's aggressive (But admittedly failed) approach with the PSPGo is any indication, though, they're actively pursuing the digital distribution frontier on PSN. Brick and mortar may not like it, but they may not have a choice in 5 years or so.

Captain Tuttle3605d ago

The only wrench in the works with the brick and mortars is that most console hardware is still sold though them and from what I understand they make very little to nothing on the hardware sale. The money comes from the software sale. That's why the PSP Go was so expensive...the retailers wanted their cut. If DD takes off then either console prices will rise or console manufacturers profits will go down. Something has to give.

UltimateIdiot9113605d ago

I hope the unlock is through a code that way people who rent/borrow game won't simply just unlock the PC version thus getting rid of this feature in the future.

I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.

Letros3605d ago (Edited 3605d ago )

edit - err, my poor reading comprehension =)

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