It still boggles the mind that the "best version" of Portal 2 will be on the PlayStation 3. Gabe Newell on a Sony stage remains one of the biggest surprises of the year.

But don't think Valve is embracing everything Sony just yet. Team marketing boss Doug Lombardi told PSM3 that if you're looking for the series in question to boast PlayStation Move and 3D compatibility, you'll have to wait for Portal 3 . But even so, Valve is determined to "right the wrongs of its past" in regards to the PS3, and that includes the inferior PS3 port of The Orange Box .

[Having a dedicated PS3 team] allows us to build our PS3 products internally, which we feel is critical for delivering the highest quality version of our products."

We had heard this from Valve before the big announcement; they would often say they needed a team of people who were fully checked out on the PS3 before they would dive into that platform. As for 3D and Move, Lombardi simply said we'd have to "wait for Portal 3 or another title," because next year's hotly anticipated sequel won't support either technology. But that's okay; we don't really need it. We just really need Valve to come through and make good on their "best version" promise.

Oh, and by the way, when asked about the possibility of Left 4 Dead 2 on the PS3, Lombardi just said, "Who knows what the future will bring?" Yeah, well, maybe more zombies to the PS3.

Related Game(s): Portal 2

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BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
12 years ago

Portal 2 coming to the PS3 and being the definitive console version was the biggest surprise of E3 in my opinion. And speaking of biggest, I couldn't believe I saw Gabe Newell on PlayStations stage, pretty exciting news. P2 was the biggest game @ E3 for a reason, it is shaping up to get one of the most amazing puzzle-adventure experiences of 2011.

godsman
godsman
12 years ago

I felt Gabe showing up on the PS stage at E3 was more like a public apology. I really can't imagine how much "better" they would make a multiplatform game over Xbox's version.


Last edited by godsman on 7/28/2010 11:30:39 AM

NeoHumpty
NeoHumpty
12 years ago

@godsman

He was saying it will be better because of the ability to update using Steam tech. Xbox won't allow it. It doesn't seem like much, but it was enough to start tilting the scales a bit.

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

What Neo said. We get the best version because we get Steam. This will be great for people who already have Steam accounts like me. 🙂

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
12 years ago

Knowing the console has an HDD makes a huge difference in how a dev can tackle updates and upgrades.

I dont think Gabe was saying the ps3 version would be technically superior as in higher res textures or anything, but better as in a more completely package, comparable to the pc version (which i'll be getting anyway. mods are awesome).

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
12 years ago

They needed to "apologize" to the PS3 community by bringing us Portal 2. That's not to say they're done kissing up to us just yet.

They've been burning bridges with Sony from the start, so they have a lot to make up for.

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
12 years ago

can somebody tell me what steam is?

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

Its a networking tool that allows you to purchase and manage your games as well as interact with your friends among a whole lot of other things like automatic updates, .downloads etc. Its much like the PSN but with a butt load more content and full games we only see on disc. Though i don't purchase any games on Steam as i prefer physical media to digital. It was great because i had a Steam account way back and hadn't used it in a few years. when i finally got another PC good enough to play games on i tried to install Counter Strike. It wouldn't work. When i finally got my Steam account unlocked i was able to download and install Counter Strike for free because it remembered i purchased the disc version back when i was in college. Pretty cool.

Not sure how Steam will work on the PS3 though but i am excited to see what Valve will do with it.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/28/2010 6:29:12 PM

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
12 years ago

"I may look nervous right now because Kevin Butler was introduced to me backstage as the VP of sharpening things."

LOL!!!

manofchao5
manofchao5
12 years ago

would be neat having left for dead 2 but it was enough for Gabe to have the guts to go onstage and apologize and thank sony for their help

Mamills
Mamills
12 years ago

L4d2 on PS3 would kick A$$
cant wait for portal 2, but i dunno if im getting it for PS3 or steam.
(just for organizational purposes i usually have valve games for PC mainly)

sirbob6
sirbob6
12 years ago

I hope the re-vamp the graphics and the loaad time. They are horrible. It was the one reason the orange box was a minor disappointment to me.

NeoHumpty
NeoHumpty
12 years ago

As someone who still plays the very inferior version of Team Fortress, I have got to say I was just plain giddy when he took the stage. I always hated his view on ps3, but they make some fun games. Yeah, I'd love to see more zombies, but I'm pretty sure when they announce the next Team Fortress, I may pee myself a bit.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
12 years ago

Who cares about 3D and Move if they can just get past the first milestone of releasing a great PS3 game and not simply a slip-shod port? Not me. I hope this turns out well.

CharlesD
CharlesD
12 years ago

It's not that big of a deal that P2 won't support these newer technologies, however it seems like the type of game that could really benefit from it. (never thought about it when making that move thread..)

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

I never played the first game but i may give this one a try. Its is kind of exciting knowing the PS3 is getting Steam support.

Offtopic, i just downloaded the new Crysis 2 trailer on PSN, seriously, this game is supposed to blow peoples socks off in the graphics dept? The game doesn't even hold a candle to Killzone 2.

kevinater321
kevinater321
12 years ago

Its a great game if you can pick it up for under 10$. If not then let it
pass- It's not that good.

gangan19
gangan19
12 years ago

I said the same thing when i saw it…crytek full of sheet sometimes.


Last edited by gangan19 on 7/28/2010 1:01:05 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

I'll have to check that out, I knew they were making fraudulent claims. It's a multiplat for crysis-out-loud.

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

By no means is it bad(its not great either in my opinion), but to say Crysis 2 will be graphically superior or on par with PS3 exclusives or to claim this game will set a new graphical bar is asinine.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/28/2010 4:13:19 PM

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
12 years ago

Acutally, Crysis on PC was pretty amazing, and it did come out a little before Killzone 2. Most PCs couldn't run it at the time cos the tech in it was so advanced.

BTW, the cinematics shown for Crysis 2 was running on a 360, hence the shoddy look of it. Hopefully the PC version will be vastly improved in the graphics department.

If you check out early concept videos, Crysis 2 has a 3 screen comparison video in HD for the PS3, 360 and PC versions of each game.

PC – looks amazing!!!
PS3 – Slightly scaled down, but still looks great!!
360 – looks like a hi-res version of Black from the PS2.

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

It looks average at best judging from the new PSN trailer. I'm sure the PC version will look pretty damn good but as far as the console versions go, its not even close to the PS3 exclusive killer the Xbots are making it out to be.

sirbob6
sirbob6
12 years ago

They haven't seen anything close to that level yet so they belive that it is PS3 quality.

gangan19
gangan19
12 years ago

still hate yah gabe

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Spread the hate like butter on a Gabe Burger 😉

gangan19
gangan19
12 years ago

lol

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
12 years ago

At least he was gracious enough to thank Sony for not repeatedly punching him in the face.

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
12 years ago

dunno if id pay 60.00 for a portal game though? I mean there isnt that much different in between levels

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
12 years ago

I still have a hard time imagining a "dedicated ps3 team" in Valve.

sirbob6
sirbob6
12 years ago

The "team" is really a few guys they keep locked up in the basement of the building. there they have them fend for themselves with only a DS3 as a tool.


Last edited by sirbob6 on 7/28/2010 9:55:05 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
12 years ago

Bugzbunny,
If I remember right, I believe that Valve went outside their company & brought a bunch of guys in that were already well versed on the PS3, to show them the ropes.

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
12 years ago

I wasn't talking about hardware wise. I was meant that after how they down talked the ps3, how could they be dedicated to working with it?

kraygen
kraygen
12 years ago

some ppl learn from their mistakes and move on.

Xombito
Xombito
12 years ago

I haven't been gaming on Steam for that long. And I already have Left 4 Dead 2 through them. But I would buy the game again for the MUCH friendlier PSN community. As for Valve is "wait for Portal 3" and official announcement?

thj_1980
thj_1980
12 years ago

I hope the meaning "TOP QUALITY" to them means better frame rates and smooth action game play. Hopefully steam will pull this one off good.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Not interested in the game but it would be nice to see Valve and Gabe at the very least stop being douchebags publicly. Though I have a zombie obsessed friend who would go to great lengths to get L4D on his PS3 so maybe there is hope for him.

gangan19
gangan19
12 years ago

same here, i love killing zombies, so L4D kind sounds good, he can probably put both 1 and 2 L4D games on one blu ray

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Yeah, they might as well put them on a single disc, I think 2 is just part 1 with a few different textures anyway.

snypa_69
snypa_69
12 years ago

Agreed, not interested at all!!

kraygen
kraygen
12 years ago

Never played a valve game as I don't have a gaming pc and I don't spend money on crappy ports. If P2 is all great and wonderful on ps3, then I'll see it in the reviews and then I'll consider giving it a buy.

However fps isn't my thing, and neither are puzzle games really, so a mixture of the 2 doesn't exactly scream winner to me.

Zorigo
Zorigo
12 years ago

im very happy with them that they are gonna make portal 2 awesome for the ps3. it is one of the best games ever…

RebelJD
RebelJD
12 years ago

PS3 support, oh yeah!

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
12 years ago

Here's hoping Left 4 Dead 3 comes to the PS3 and with story!!

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
12 years ago

Sony easily had the best E3 show, from a games and technical standing point. I mean, they got Gabe on the Sony stage announcing Portal 2 on PS3 being the best console version!!!!! Who on earth saw that coming!?!?!

The only reason Nintendo won best show was cos they played the nostalgia card with an adult hardcore gaming audience, using childhood games and icons like Mickey, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Metroid, Goldeneye and Kirby. The 3DS was a pretty big deal too, but Sony is taking 3D large scale, not just to handhelds.

At least Kevin Butler broke the monotony with some comedy. There's only so much tech news and announcments you can take over a 3 day period.


Last edited by Dancemachine55 on 7/28/2010 10:18:14 PM

Vidius
Vidius
12 years ago

Portal was awesome. Can't wait for this one.

___________
___________
12 years ago

again best CONSOLE version.
only reason why he said that is because M$ wont allow steam on the 360.

i remember reading late 2008 i think it was that valve were hiring ps3 programmers, building up a ps3 team for a big unannounced project.
they said once that first game came out, all valve games will be on the PS3.
which is just common sense, they would not spend all that cash hiring new people for just one game!

so now, the first part has come true, maybe the second one will?
they also said half life 2 epp 3 will be out late 2011!
so half life 2 epp 3 coming to ps3 in a store near you!

only question now is will L4D see a port?
id say no, because either M$ owns the IP rights, or its really too old.
i cant see L4D 1 or 2 because there too old, and i cant see L4D 3 coming on ps3 unless 1 and 2 come also.
id be first in line to buy a L4d collection as long as its not heavily edited here!

i dont get it!
blowing a zombies head off with a shotgun, covering the screen in blood in L4D2 is not ok for a MA rating.
slicing a zombies arms, legs than head off with a chainsaw on the end of a pole, with copious amounts of blood spraying everywhere in dead rising 2 is fine for a MA rating.
WTF?
go figure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dead rising 2 is 500 times gorier than L4D2, so you would think DR2 would get banned but you would think wrong!
GOW3 is suitable for a MA rating, but L4D2 is not.
the inconsistency of the OFLC is baffling!

Fane1024
Fane1024
12 years ago

"[Having a dedicated PS3 team] allows us to build our PS3 products internally, which we feel is critical for delivering the highest quality version of our products."

Which is why MOST developers started to build a PS3 team BEFORE the PS3 arrived, instead of three years AFTERWARD.

ExhumeART
ExhumeART
12 years ago

[sarcasm]Watch it be the worst port of 2010[/sarcasm]

I have high hopes for this. It would be nice to experience portal on the PS3 without having to upgrade my entire computer again.