A view of the Steam Overlay Friends Tab for PS3. Photo courtesy of Valve
Big news from Valve® hit the internet yesterday. With the release of, Portal™ 2, Valve® will offer PlayStation® 3 users a Steam® Overlay allowing them to access a plethora of features connected to the Steam® Cloud.
With the advent of the Steam® Overlay, the wealth of Steam® Cloud features available for PS3™ users will include; cross-platform matchmaking and play between PS3™ and computer copies of Portal™ 2 whether Windows or Mac-based, access to Steam® Friends which will allow basic chat and friend management, viewing of friends community profiles, viewing of achievements gained through Portal™ 2, along with a news tab for the latest announcements. Your PlayStation® Network friends will also be accessible via the Steam® Overlay.
As with the computer based release of Steam®, the Overlay will show friends online or in-game status, while granting quick and easy access to friend, game, or chat invites.
Those with a current Steam® account will be able to log-in and link their existing profile to their PlayStation® Network ID. If you do not have an existing Steam account, the Overlay will allow for you to create one.
All cooperative or single player progress within Portal™ 2 will save onto the Steam® Cloud, which will allow players to start where they left off on any PlayStation® 3.
For those who purchase Portal™ 2 for PS3™, a one-time redeemable code will be generated allowing you to also install the game to your computer via Steam®.
For more information on Portal™ 2, click here.