Steam For PS3 – Details Revealed
A lot of gamers have heard of Steam, most will have even used — and fallen in love with — it over the years that it’s graced our PC’s. Then, last year at E3, we heard that the Steam platform would be making it’s way to our living rooms via the PS3. From that moment on there’s been speculation and rumour about exactly what the PS3 version of Steam will feature, and what it’ll allow us to do.
The wait is finally over.
Valve, creator of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today disclosed details regarding the Steam experience designed for the PlayStation 3, which is set to debut next week with the release of Portal 2.
The first title to support Steam on a console, Portal 2 offers cross-platform matchmaking, gameplay, friends, chat, and achievements, all powered by Steam. Steam on the PS3 also saves co-op game progress and single player saved games to the Steam Cloud, enabling players to pick up where they left off on any PlayStation 3.
The Steam overlay for PS3 provides access to both PSN and 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.
In the spirit of Steam Play, linked players of the PS3 version of Portal 2 can also access and play their copy of Portal 2 on any PC or Mac by redeeming an in-box access code on their computer. The Steam client verifies the linked customer and then lists Portal 2 among their library of Steam games for PC and Mac.
Steam for PS3 will be released with the release of Portal 2 during the week of 19th April 2011. Portal 2 will be the first game, of hopefully many, to support the feature.
Have a gander at the Steam Support Knowledge Base for PS3 Portal 2 for more information.