Portal 2 - Best on PS3

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Portal 2 - Best on PS3?

Portal and Windows PC go together like pencil and paper; footy and beer; Lenny and Carl, but alas, PC is not the platform on which you should purchase Portal 2. Money aside, it’s the PlayStation 3 that looks set to be the prime console.

It’s a complete turn around by Valve, with Gabe Newell previously referring to the PlayStation 3 as a "total disaster on so many levels", after Valve made an absolute mockery of the PS3 port of The Orange Box. At E3 last year, Newell carefully proclaimed that the PlayStation 3 release of Portal 2 was "the best console version", as to not offend the PC brethren, while making amends with Sony.

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The PlayStation 3 version is going to cost a little extra than the $50 Steam release (at least in Australia). However, if you’re willing to spend the extra cash, there’s no conceivable reason not to purchase a PS3 copy.

Case in point is your free Steam access when you buy the game on PlayStation 3. Simply purchase a PS3 copy of Portal 2 then link your PlayStation Network and Steam accounts and the game will unlock for use on your PC or Mac, free of charge. It’s the ultimate best of both worlds scenario and another pioneering act from Valve.

I hope to see more of this in the future. Imagine not having to limit yourself to one platform, or more importantly, one group of friends. You could play online with your console and PC buddies, two divided parties that multiplatform gamers must decided between with each new release. Only Valve would even contemplate such a genius, user-friendly, idea.

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It’s also the first of many features that makes the Xbox 360 version redundant. The other key differences between the consoles versions is Steamworks support and cross-platform gaming between the PS3 and PC/Mac OS X versions of the game. While you can play through Steam on your PC if you purchase the PS3 version, there’s no stringent need to, as you can play with all of your keyboard-mashing mates from the comfort of your living room through your PS3.

Steamworks will allow Valve to implement auto-updates, downloadable content, and community support on the PS3, as it already does on PC. It will also make use of the Steam Cloud saving system, which is perhaps the most crucial feature. Gamers will be able to save on one platform and continue on another.

All of these features are mutual to the PS3, Windows PC and Mac OS X versions of Portal 2. The Xbox 360 game has been left out in the cold. Valve has reinforced that the core game is the same on Xbox 360, but it’s lacking an abundance of features. Why buy for the same price on Xbox 360, presumably, when the PS3 version grants you access to the game on three platforms with additional options?

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Despite my praise for the PS3 package, I’m likely to buy the Steam version; however, that’s only because I’m Australian. The price difference between Steam and a retail copy in EB Games is going to be astounding. If I lived in a country that priced their games reasonably, there would be no dispute; the PlayStation 3 version would be coming home with me.

While PC is still Valve’s preferred platform, Portal 2 has been developed with consoles and PC in mind. One would assume that Windows, and maybe even Mac OS X, will come out on top, but I’m not so sure. While it won’t be better, the PS3 version might be just as good.

Even if it isn’t, you’ve got nothing to lose. You get a free copy on your Windows desktop and MacBook, giving you a vast spectrum of options. If the controller just doesn’t make the cut, head back to the keyboard. If you want to chill-out on the couch, boot-up the PS3. It’s the perfect scenario.

By Ben Salter

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This was always going to happen. Once Valve better understood the PS3 hardware and had a better deal in place to associate better with STEAM, they were always going to side with the PS3. Also, Microsoft's ridiculous restrictions on DLC pricing and the like is one thing Valve hates and has pushed them away.

But you're forgetting the fact that FPS is just better with the 360 controller :P

inb4shitfight

Gaetano said: This was always going to happen. Once Valve better understood the PS3 hardware and had a better deal in place to associate better with STEAM, they were always going to side with the PS3. Also, Microsoft's ridiculous restrictions on DLC pricing and the like is one thing Valve hates and has pushed them away.
But you're forgetting the fact that FPS is just better with the 360 controller
inb4shitfight



It is, but you can play with a keyboard and mouse on your PC with the PS3 version when the DualShock ruins your thumbs.
the Orange Box isn't that bad on PS..

snooker8th said: the Orange Box isn't that bad on PS..



In comparison to a punch in the groin, no, it's fantastic :P In comparison to the 360 version it's terrible.
Portal with a control pad sounds hard, it was tough enough with a keyboard and mouse on PC
2 of my mates are going to go halves in buying the PS3 version, so one person can play on the PS3 whilst the other plays on PC.

I'm not sure if that's going to work though. :P

Will it? :O

capt_oats said: 2 of my mates are going to go halves in buying the PS3 version, so one person can play on the PS3 whilst the other plays on PC.
I'm not sure if that's going to work though.
Will it?



It will if one person connects their PSN account with the other person's Steam account. That'll probably be permanent though.
Meh very rarely are the differences noticeable. It is mainly the insecure types who quote lens of truth and the like instead of just enjoying the games we are blessed with.
The unlocking of the steam version is awesome though.
I'll be getting it on PS3 as it is my console of choice.
Since I've bought my 360, I made it clear that any multiplatform games won't be bought for the PS3 but Portal 2 is now an exception. While the DualShock 3 now feels awkward when I use it, I'm still going to play this on the PC. I can use the PS3 version as a guest game so that I can play local co-op.

Convenience FTW!
Controllers and portal are not on.

Much better on PC.

Dyke said: Controllers and portal are not on.
Much better on PC.


Exactly! :D
What is potal 2 im getting pumped about it FPS ?

Naruto-Sage said: What is potal 2 im getting pumped about it FPS ?


[Facepalm]
You should die if you havent played the first one.

Portal is a First Person Puzzler... you shoot portals from your portal gun to get to the test chamber (level) and so on... but theyll probably mix it up in Portal 2 since everything is like destroyed and stuff [Shifty]
It sounds like you wouldnt like it but its funny as hell and gives your brain a good test :P and you really start to like it after a few minutes.. worth picking it up... and you should go get the 1st game on steam.. now [Rage]
I havn't played the first one but I have an idea of what to do in the game.
Probably grab it on PC and get my brother to get it too.
PC will still work better. Despite being harder to pick up, the controls are a hell of a lot better. Also PC was the platform Portal 2 was designed for. PS3 just went along with no complaints.
I hope you all understood that it's better on PS3 cos you get it on PC :P
Portal is one of my favourite games, I can't wait till Portal 2, the steam + PS3 is sure going to be a sweet deal

Ben said: I hope you all understood that it's better on PS3 cos you get it on PC


I was expecting more than that from the way you set it up. Effectively all you get to do is pay twice as much to have it one two systems. Who the hell will play it on two systems? If you have friends on both, and you can play cross platforms, that yet again defeats the point.

Steam has a 2-Pack deal where you can get Portal 2 for $39.99 provided you have a whole ONE friend. Not a big ask.
I like that you can link your steam acct and get a free version on the pc but resale would kinda suck on ps3 - but then again there wouldn't be any resale for the pc with my limited knowledge on how steam works :P

still prefer to get the cheaper version on the pc anyways :P

Skarteh said:

Ben said: I hope you all understood that it's better on PS3 cos you get it on PC


I was expecting more than that from the way you set it up. Effectively all you get to do is pay twice as much to have it one two systems. Who the hell will play it on two systems? If you have friends on both, and you can play cross platforms, that yet again defeats the point.
Steam has a 2-Pack deal where you can get Portal 2 for $39.99 provided you have a whole ONE friend. Not a big ask.



Well apparently your portal 2 save for ps3 is stored on the 'cloud' so that when you decide to play on pc/mac, you can continue from where you left off.

Besides, you can always import the ps3 version from ozgameshop.com for only $55
I guess but Steam = instant ogs = post and thats still $15 more for a game I will quite literally never use on PS3.

snooker8th said: the Orange Box isn't that bad on PS..




It was so rubbish I took it back.
>FPS
>PS3
LOL
Thats all.

Ben said: I hope you all understood that it's better on PS3 cos you get it on PC


I knew what you meant. You should of said that it's best value on PS3.

But like Skart said. Who would want it on 2 platforms?

1337Pwnage said: >FPS
>PS3
LOL
Thats all.




That doesn't make sense :S

Dyke said:

Ben said: I hope you all understood that it's better on PS3 cos you get it on PC


I knew what you meant. You should of said that it's best value on PS3.
But like Skart said. Who would want it on 2 platforms?



I think it's great. I wish every multiplatform game did this. You could play online with your PS3, 360 or PC buddies. Right now, you have to pick one.

Ben said:
It is, but you can play with a keyboard and mouse on your PC with the PS3 version when the DualShock ruins your thumbs.



Vibration set to off. ;O
Oh wow, they definitely should be doing this with more games :(
this would definitely be better on PC
So I read the title of this article, which intimated that an FPS (well, first-person view, anyway) would be better on a console compared to a PC, and I had to come here and thank you for the minutes-long belly laugh.

Guyver said:

1337Pwnage said: >FPS
>PS3
LOL
Thats all.


That doesn't make sense



I agree 1337Pwnage. It made perfect sense to me. :)
PS3
I lose track of where my fingers are on the PC keyboard [MOG]
Just got it on Steam, $50 instead of $108 from EB. That sounds like a massive rip to me. Even the PC version is $88, whereas you can get TWO copies on Steam for $2 more... Ridiculos I would like it if they did it the other way around as well, buy on Steam and its playable on PS3. Much cheaper.
Q. Does Portal on PS3 run in 1080p.

Beta said:


snooker8th said: the Orange Box isn't that bad on PS..


In comparison to a punch in the groin, no, it's fantastic In comparison to the 360 version it's terrible.



i hate to admit it, but beta has a point - i should have known, but both being the same cost, i picked up the orange box on ps3....ever since, i keep considering paying a premium to swap it over for the 360 version - my first mega bad decision of this generation!

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