For those who are unaware, a while back Valve announced that they are bringing their Steam service to PSN. This means both Steam and the PSN services will operate side-by-side while you are playing your PS3 for a better gaming experience. For those of you who don’t know what Steam is, it is one of the Mac/PC’s biggest online gaming services and you will be able to soon access some steam information through your PS3 while playing this game. Valve has not confirmed all of the available features for Steam through PS3 until now though. Steam on PS3 will have the following features while you play Portal
- Cross-platform (PS3 & PC) matchmaking and gameplay.
- Access to steam friends and chat.
- Steam achievements will be awarded along with PSN trophies.
- Ability to save co-op and save game progress to Steam Cloud.
- You can access to Steam overlay to send messages, view friends, etc…
Sony began the HD remakes of games at the God of War games and If you remember, that almost didn’t get made due to untold-of limitations but now Sony is cranking out a lot of classics on Blu-Ray with trophies, high-res textures, and much more in every bundle. For example, they released an HD remake bundle of the Sly series and most recently (this week), the Tomb Raider trilogy.
There was one HD trilogy remake that was also supposed to hit store shelves this week and that mysteriously never happened, and that is because it got pushed to June 21st, 2011 in a recent hasty announcement of the games delay. The trilogy contains HD remakes of the three games Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory on a single Blu-Ray disc and now fans that were anticipating it will have to wait a little while longer. It’s alright, because games like Crysis 2, Portal 2, and inFamous 2 will probably hold you over until then!
This is the PlayStation Store update for North America which occurs every Tuesday, the European Store updates occur every Wednesday.
- Assassin’s Creed II Deluxe Edition
- Fight Night Champion Demo
- Mega Man 2 (PS1 Classic)
- PlayStation Plus Deals & Offers
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When Valve said that the PS3 version of Portal 2 would be superior to the 360 version, they weren’t lying! Valve was recently able to finally confirm that Portal 2′s online features will be cross-play through Steam with the PS3, PC, and Mac all connected so gamers on the PC can actually play with PSN users, for example. This is huge as I don’t believe it has ever been done before.
Valve also confirmed persistent cloud based PS3 save data storage along with communication through steam within all systems. PS3 physical copies of Portal 2 will also have “Steam Play”, which is apparently a code that gives you a key to download the Mac and PC version of Portal 2 off of the Steam Store! Valve also plans to push the Steam features to future games later down the line too.
“We made a promise to gamers at E3 that Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 would be the best console version of the product … Working together with Sony we have identified a set of features we believe are very compelling to gamers. We hope to expand upon the foundation being laid in Portal 2 with more Steam features and functionality in DLC and future content releases,” stated Gabe Newell, head of Valve.
Look out for portal 2 on April 18th in North America and Europe on April 22nd!
Valve has announced today that the highly anticipated Portal 2 will be getting a delay and will be releasing now on PC, MAC, PS3, and 360 on April 20th, 2011 in North America, and April 22, 2011 in Europe. Valve calls this delay “the shortest delay in Valve history,” to somehow calm the peoples nerves while waiting for this.
Portal 2 was originally slated for a release this Christmas season but then it was moved to February 9th of 2011 and then to April of next year which is the official release date now. I’m pretty sure this game will be well worth the wait now.
So above is a trailer that was shown at Gamescom a few days ago but just now hit the web in its nice clean digital format, so enjoy the near four minutes of gameplay in Portal 2, your character is being led by Wheatley, the floating orb that we saw in the E3 trailer.
In other news, a co-op mode has been announced for Portal 2, that follows two robots in Aperture Labs in an entirely different campaign from the single-player one, it’s supposed to be as long as the single-player campaign also. Not to mention that the single-player campaign in targeted to be twice as long as the first Portal. Valve also said that they plan on doing cross-game play between steam users and PSN users for Portal 2′s online if everything goes as they plan.
♦ Modern Warfare 2 Resurgence Map Pack
♦ LittleBigPlanet Marvel DLC
♦ PS Plus Deals & Content
♦ QORE Episode 26
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♦ Fat Princess – Fat Roles Expansion Pack
♦ FirstPlay Episode 013
♦ Fat Princess Avatars
♦ LittleBigPlanet Sacktue of Liberty Costume (free)
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Well look what we have here. It looks like Vaulve has forgotten about their past predjudices about the PlayStation 3 platform and gone full-steam-ahead into making “Portal 2 on the PS3, the best experience out of all the platforms.” Perhaps integrating Steam features as well as Cross Platform support with PC, will definably fulfill that statement.
“Head to head or co-op cross pollination” say developers
Though Steamworks isn’t being allowed anywhere near the 360, for the time being, PC and PS3 owners will at least get to play together – or fight with each other in Portal 2.
Valve has been trying to finalise netcode to enable steamworks to effectively cross pollinate online game play between console and PC. This is no new idea, but if all goes well it will be one of the first games to use the feauture. It looks like it may join the ranks of DC Universe Online, The Agency, and Free Realms, in Cross Platform gaming.
ESPN recently relaunched their online sports portal, and Microsoft has announced that it will be comming to Xbox live. Trey Wingo and Josh Elliott (funny SportsCenter anaylsts) demonstrated the service on stage at E3, and featured Microsoft’s new Kinect controller support. 3,500 live sporting events, instant replays, highlights, polls all at your fingertips or by the sound of your voice. The PiP feature will be very similar to the what is provided at the website online, but the HD streaming and Kinect as a controller should give it an overall new feel.
**The service is no addition charge besides the usual requirement of Xbox Live Gold is present; However, you must have TV provider / ISP that’s signed up for the package. If not then you have to pay extra to receive ESPN 3.
Check the list of ESPN3 affiliates to see if your ISP is playing ball.