How Will Valve's Announcement of Steam on PS3 Change the Console War?

One of the loudest salvos of the console war has been fired; a joint strike between Valve and the Sony’s Playstation: Valve is announcing that Portal 2 on the PSN will be the first title to be absolutely supported between the PC and Playstation.

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TheStonedSheep2797d ago

Hell yeah; my PS3 is already pre-ordered.

cakeisalie2797d ago

It wont change anything, unless more games start coming to PS3 with Steamworks. A single portal 2 being with Steam works wont do anything.

Though it would be interesting to see Sony makes a push and releases its games on PS3 and PC and use Steamworks while they are at it.

Oxymoron0282797d ago

Yeah but do you really expect Valve to put all this effort in then do nothing with it?

I'd be pretty surprised if they did.

MostJadedGamer2797d ago

Yea unless it leads to more PS3 games it is meaningless, but if we start seeing a lot more games ending up on the PS3 then it is a very, very big deal. In the end its all about the games.

TheStonedSheep2797d ago

Nevertheless, it is clear that buy buying the PS3 version, you will be getting by far the most value for your money.

Not only a free Steam copy, but cross platform co-op and now all of this.

Besides, you really think, they'll do nothing more with this? I'm sure Valves partnership with Sony will be very beneficial for both parties and gamers alike; this is only the first step.

zoks3102797d ago (Edited 2797d ago )

I agree with oxymoron028, there is no way valve is going to let this slide to the way side after P2. I expect a positive snow ball effect from this for Sony, I'm even going to go as far by saying this pretty much confirms L4D on the PS3/Steam. E3 baby!

Like the article said valve don't do anything half ass, Gabe loves video games but he loves his company even more, he clearly loves to compete to be the best in the industry. MS stepped on his toes with the Orange Box deal and that really pissed them off. Not saying they are doing this to spite MS, just saying that current takes the path of least resistance. Gabe won't put his rep on the line because MS did not want to play ball, the man has a company to run and grow, Sony is offering that growth.

BattleAxe2797d ago (Edited 2797d ago )

This could potentially lead to exclusive deals if Valve is allowed to advertise its service on PS3, and in return the PS3 might be the console to get Half Life 3 or Left 4 Dead 3 exclusively. Lets face it, most PS3 users don't know what STEAM is, so this would be a great opportunity for Valve to have access to almost 50 million PS3 users, and getting them to link their accounts on PS3 with Steam. Because once PS3 users see the kinds of deals on games that you get during all the Steam sales, then Valve stands to gain alot from this.

Bigpappy2797d ago

It will also depend on how balanced cross-platform gaming is. If it is unbalanced,then one side would not care to play with the other.

pixelsword2797d ago (Edited 2797d ago )

What if PSN games are sold over Steam?

*muses, ponders*

MaxXAttaxX2797d ago

Straight from Valve:

Can't wait for Portal 2.

multipayer2796d ago

That would be sweet if Valve had a master plan to bring more Sony games to the PC. However, I'm afraid they don't have that much pull...yet...

f7897902796d ago

It doesn't matter how many games there are. You are going to take advantage of it because it is an awesome feature.

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Persistantthug2797d ago

See you all on Steam next week. :)

iPad2796d ago

I wonder how Steam is gonna work.

Like is there going to be a Steam section on the XMB or on the game menu.

RBLAZE19882796d ago

Hey if people want more of this kind of partnership, then they should buy portal 2 to show valve that their future efforts would not be in vain. If we want more cross platform multiplayer or co-op and maybe even keyboard and mouse support to play against pc players than we should support this kind of relationship. I'm all for it and have been a fan of valve since half life.

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AmigoSniped2797d ago

I am so excited for this game! Can't wait!

maxcavsm2797d ago

God damnit, I want to play this game on Xbox and keep racking up achievements, but jesus....

BeOneWithTheGun2797d ago

It took me some time to lose the urge for achievements but after hearing 'plink' a few times i started wanting throphies more. i fully abandoned a 20k gamerscore in 2008 for them.

Rage_S902797d ago

sweet shing....sweet, sweet shing.....

pixelsword2797d ago

@ beOne...

...I understand both you and max.

Achievements are hard to get away from because if you never had anything but achievements, it's point perfect! I still love them, but trophies are I think better in that you have golds, silvers, and bronzes and that the rating for the golds can boost your score over those who play a lot of games, but only get the bronzes/silvers. Also, getting a platnium looks so good next to your 100% (unless they release DlC... nabbit!)

Ddouble2796d ago

That trophy sound is so rewarding.

bobrea2796d ago

Yea, I prefer trophies over achievements as well. My gamerscore isn't anything special because I only got my 360 a year ago, but I like how trophies have different ranks to them instead of just a higher number attached to it.

f7897902796d ago

The only issue with trophies is you don't know why you got them most of the time. You have to pause the game, press the PS button, find the trophy and read the description.

It should be a simple firmware upgrade to list why you get a trophy in game. Come on Sony!

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Del6732797d ago

I Want a valve console powered by steam, sick of Sony ms and nintendo

Convas2797d ago

"I Want a valve console powered by Steam"

Nowadays, we just call it a PC buddy.

maxcavsm2797d ago

LOL...true. I think he means without spending two grand every six months.

Pandamobile2797d ago

If you think you have to spend $2000 on computer upgrades every six months, you may be retarded.

Masterchef20072797d ago

wow i wish i had 2000€ to spend every 6 months on pc parts. With only 900€ i can create an awesome gamming PC with Monitor and OS included.

eggbert2797d ago


I can't believe people actually believe this.


TheStonedSheep2797d ago

Guys, he was using hyperbole for comedic effect. Nevertheless the fact remains that gaming PCs are far more expensive than consoles.

pixelsword2797d ago (Edited 2797d ago )

@ stoned:

yes, I agree; but also he meant that even when the previous gens were five years you had to get upgrades at least once or twice to stay cutting edge. Even though in previous gens the PC was far and away better, his gen... not so far on some games, you know?

f7897902796d ago

For $500 you can get a nice gaming computer. You just can't be stupid on how you go about buying things. An extra $100 will always double your performance but when do you stop? :P

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LOLconsoles2797d ago (Edited 2797d ago )

Steam is not coming to PS3, steamworks is. Unless I somehow missed something here.

EDIT: Besides, there wouldn't be much point in bringing steam to PS3 anyway, psn already does most of the stuff steam does, except for cross game voice chat and game invites, and perhaps a few other things I can't recall right now.

BlackKnight2797d ago


Most people who never used Steam don't understand the difference between Steam and Steamworks.

Steam: Program that you download on PC that lets you buy and manage your games, friends list, private/group chat (txt or voice), unified server list (search for servers of ALL games or sort by what game you want and other filters.

Steamworks: A system that allows a developer to easily get matchmaking, server lists, friends lists, leaderboards, anti-cheat(VAC), Steam achievements, player usage data (such as bugs and crashes and complete times, etc).

Also, if you are playing Portal 2 on PS3 and signed into steamworks, you see your unified steam friends list, so you can see all steam friends and what game they are playing. If they are playing Portal 2 (be it PC or PS3) you can choose to join if they have their session to allow friends to join. As more games support steamworks, the more transparent PC/PS3/Xbox(If MS stops being an ass) the platforms become and the more friends you can play with.

The thing I hate most about different platforms is that my friends are on different ones and even though I have all 3, I can only play with one set of "platform friends".