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Portal 2 on PS3

One of the big surprises at E3 this year was the announcement by Gabe Newell, from Valve, that Portal 2 would be coming to BOTH Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2011.  Gabe went on to say that the PS3 is “the most open platform of all the current generation consoles” and that the PS3 version of the PS3 will be the “best version on any console.”

What is Gabe’s reasoning for this?  The fact that the PS3 version of Portal 2 will be running Steamworks.  As a huge fan of both Xbox 360 and Valve this is very exiting news.  “Whoa!?!” you must be saying how can a fan of the 360 say that this is very exiting news?  The reason is the Xbox 360 and Valve have always had a love hate relationship.  On one side Valve loves the 360 and has always published games on it, but at the same time Microsoft has not allowed Valve to be Valve with the 360 games it has released.

The thing that makes Valve such a special company is their community support and involvement.  How many times in the past couple of years have we read that Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Left 4 Dead have been patched, fixed, updated, or received new map packs etc all for free.  Not to mention the level editing tools and user created content that Valve encourages from the community.  All while Valve keeps stating that they want to give us 360 owners the same updates and content on the 360 for free but Microsoft does not allow them.  Microsoft “owns” the platform and insist that Valve charge for additional content.

With this PS3 release Valve is telling Microsoft: Valve doesn’t like your Xbox Live policies and it’s a good thin you are not the only player on the block.  The message that Valve is sending Microsoft is what I  I am truly exited about and I fully support Valve.

Yes maybe Sony paid Valve to do this but who cares they make great products and deserve to be compensated.  The best thing about Valve on PS3 is the increased level of competition, and competition is always good.  I recall when Rainbow Six came out on PS3 it included the Black Edition and Red Edition DLC content on the disc.  Ubisoft then made the Premium Rainbow Six DLC into a free DLC on Xbox.  I don’t think Microsoft would have allowed this if Ubisoft hadn’t released Rainbow Six on PS3.

My hope is that once Valve starts releasing free content on the PS3 version Microsoft will allow them to do the same on the 360 version.

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