A while ago Gabe Newell the co-founder of Valve promised PlayStation 3 and PC player they would be able to play against each other on Portal 2. Recently Valve has come out to say this is in fact true and will happen via linking players Steam ID with their PSN ID.
Why does the fact PC and PlayStation 3 player may finally be able to play a multiplayer game together actually matter? Well there are a number of reasons that point towards possibly the future of gaming for all gamers.
First and foremost this news could affect how consoles are sold. Most people don’t choose a console by the exclusive games that it can play or the small features that apparently put it ahead of the others they choice the console that their friends are playing on too. Without friends to play with many of today’s games become a bore soon and this is why consoles sell on friends with this gone, allowing players to play with friends on other systems, it really will show which offers best value for money. Other factors many include the best graphics and exclusives but these can be factored into the best value for individuals whether they can afford to pay more for better graphics.
One of the other things it does, which is currently largely detrimental to the Xbox 360, is shows up that, its pay for service – Xbox Live – is in a way holding them back. Now before this turns into a debate on the Live Vs PSN front, Live has its advantages. However for the time being, the reason Microsoft won’t allow this to happen, so Xbox 360 player could join PlayStation 3 and PC players is because of the backlash the service it provides would entail. A note to Microsoft allow things such as this to happen for the good of gaming allowing friends to play with each other regardless of the console for the odd occasion such as this.
Another reason it overall matters is because for the first time Valve is putting major support behind the PlayStation 3. They themselves have emitted before that the Orange Box for PS3 wasn’t the best and this time around they are doing something about it. While I strongly doubt it, it would be nice to see this change from developers to be more caring for gamers; perhaps not so biased in the case of Portal 2 but striving to put out better quality games for all rather than yet another bug ridden title.
Hopefully we will see a change even if it only means more sales such as the colossal sales Steam has at times such as Christmas when full games are super cheap. It would banish the need for multiple consoles and really make comparisons between consoles even more pointless. Bring on Steam on consoles in the future I say but what are your thoughts on the matter? Comment below.Portal 2 The Start Of A New Era In Gaming?,