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Portal 2 On PS3 To Feature Free Steam Copy And Cross-Platform Gameplay

Valve’s follow up to the much-loved physics puzzler Portal, is to offer users the chance to play online with users on other consoles.

With Valve’s online gaming platform Steam coming soon to the PlayStation 3 via PSN, the company has said that users will be able to combine their PSN and Steam accounts. This will allow PS3 players to face up against PC and Mac players in the online multiplayer of Portal 2.

According to the Escapist (opens in new tab), any achievements or progress earned in one version of the game are carried across to other platforms, providing that both are connected to the Internet. As an added bonus, PS3 gamers can also unlock a Mac or PC version of the game for no extra charge.

Portal 2 project leader Josh Weier said in a statement: "We designed the Portal 2 PS3 experience to be very straightforward for gamers."

"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."

Portal 2 is due out for the PC, Mac, PS3 and Xbox 360 during April in both the US and Europe.