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Very very canny, Valve.

Very, very canny.

So, you buy a game and you can play it on PC, Mac and console, share your savegames and achievements across all three, and play with anyone on any other format.

Remember when people were talking a single format future?

Yeah. Turns out that format isn't a console. Or a PC. It's a distribution platform.

I'm sure they would have offered a free PS3 copy with each PC version if they could - it'd be over Sony's dead body though.

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It depends how much the PC version is. Me and the lad were discussing this, he makes a point. If Portal 2 is, say, £39.99 on PS3 and using the Steam key gives you the PC version, what's stopping you buying it Friday, using the Steam key and taking it back to CEX the same day to get what would undoubtedly be £30 cash on it and thereby getting the PC version for £10? I mean, is the game on Ps3 not going to work and be attached to Steam on the console like the PC versions are? If so what are the ramifications of this?

Sorry, I'm skim reading at work so apologies if this has been discussed.

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It depends how much the PC version is. Me and the lad were discussing this, he makes a point. If Portal 2 is, say, £39.99 on PS3 and using the Steam key gives you the PC version, what's stopping you buying it Friday, using the Steam key and taking it back to CEX the same day to get what would undoubtedly be £30 cash on it and thereby getting the PC version for £10? I mean, is the game on Ps3 not going to work and be attached to Steam on the console like the PC versions are? If so what are the ramifications of this?

Sorry, I'm skim reading at work so apologies if this has been discussed.

Steamworks access will almost certainly involve a game key Valve can verify packaged with the game; it's kinda Project Ten Dollar only you lose loads of cool interplatform stuff rather than a downloadable hat.

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Steamworks access will almost certainly involve a game key Valve can verify packaged with the game; it's kinda Project Ten Dollar only you lose loads of cool interplatform stuff rather than a downloadable hat.

This is Valve we're talking about here, I fully expect a downloadable hat to part of it.

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I wonder if this will see more crossover between Steam and PSN? It would be lovely if Sony and Valve could do some kind of deal where all the PS3 online stuff was as awesome as this. :wub:

I think Sony could genuinely look at incorporating Steam into their next console full time. In an instant PlayStation skips straight over Xbox in terms of online functionality.

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I think Sony could genuinely look at incorporating Steam into their next console full time. In an instant PlayStation skips straight over Xbox in terms of online functionality.

I wonder if they could do it with the ps3 and somehow combat the hackers at the same time.

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I think Sony could genuinely look at incorporating Steam into their next console full time. In an instant PlayStation skips straight over Xbox in terms of online functionality.

I was thinking the same thing. If they're ever able to make Steam as good on a console as it is on PC then it will leapfrog Live easily. Which would make MS sit up and take notice.

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Very, very good news for me considering I was going to end up getting it on all 3 platforms eventually. Getting 2 (superior) versions for £30-40 on release and then the 360 version when it's cheaper for co-op hijinks with friends who don't have PS3's. :D

Hopefully this could lead to a steamworks release of TF2 on PS3 through the PSN with all the current updates and the future updates the same time they come to the PC version, albeit without the cross-platform play that would be like lambs to the slaughter. (Although maybe with KB+M functionaliy.)

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  • 3 weeks later...

I was wondering myself why I'm so keen to preorder, then then I remembered the multitude of reasons:

Valve, just like Nintendo, are renowned for artificially limiting stock to create demand.

Valve bundle a lot of DLC with their games which you'll have to pay extra for if you don't preorder the digital deluxe versions.

Preordering the game gets you early access ("early access" in Valve time equates to fours days after release).

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