On track for an April release (fingers crossed), Valve’s Portal 2 will feature “complete PlayStation Move support”. While the capability is not full integrated yet, Valve is looking to offer PS3 gamers some consolation for missing out on Left 4 Dead. Did we mention Portal 2 for PS3 allows cross-platform play with PC gamers via Steam?
PC gaming generally delivers the best overall experience, whether that means online game play or updates and bonus content. Portal 2 looks to end this trend by offering Playstation 3 owners the ability to control gameplay with the Playstation Move.
Valve’s Chet Faliszek had this to say about Portal 2 Playstation Move support, “Move is also a completely new experience for us, thus the system isn’t fully integrated yet”. The real question is whether Move support will be integrated at launch or in a subsequent update.
Unlike Half Life Orange Box which used an external team to develop the console version, Valve now builds out games in-house. They’ve even created a special console department just to ensure consistent gameplay across platforms.
“We made a promise to gamers at E3 that Portal 2 for the PS3 would be the best console version of the product,” said Valve boss Gabe Newell. “PS3 gamers will be able to simply drop the Blu-ray disc in the PS3, link to their Steam account from inside the game, and all their Steam friends (on PC and Mac) will be visible and accessible for chat and game invites.”
It looks like the Playstation 3 version of Portal 2 will be the one to buy. Being able to play across platforms and use the Playstation Move should deliver some impressive game play. For the Portal fans in attendance, show us a sign of hands if you plan on picking up the title for the PS3.