Portal 2 Co-Op Requires a Steam Account

Jeep Barnett, a programmer with Valve, has given an interview with Gamerzines. In that chat (which is well worth a read), he has let slip a little more about how Steamworks will be integrated into the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2.

It seems that players will need to have a Steamworks account in order to use the co-op functionality on PS3. Your regular PSN account will not be enough.


You have to create a Steam account, which again can be via that quick create where all you’re doing is clicking a button saying ‘hey, I wanna play’.

Don’t worry though, that doesn’t mean that Valve are cramming annoying DRM into the system. Jeep confirms that although the boxed-in code that gives you ownership of the PC version (via full Steam account download and only with the PS3 copy of the game) is only redeemable once, you don’t need that code to use the PS3’s multiplayer functionality.

You don’t need to input the code. You don’t even need to have a full Steam account.

So you only need a quick Steamworks account to play PS3 co-op but the code in the box allows you to link your PSN and full Steam accounts in order to download the PC version of the game for free.

Source: Gamerzines



  1. Excellent. Is this out next week?

    • Oh god hope not…. *shivers* I’m not even prepared

    • Next week. Some might get it, this weekend though :D

      • fingers crossed for Amazon dispatching early!

  2. Cool, already tempting me to buy it at launch :/

  3. I was going to grab the PC version anyways but then I remembered that the PS3 version comes with a free PC version… I wonder if you can play coop between PS3 and PC and if so if you can use the two copies that came with the PS3 version. That would be too good to be true…

    • You can, yes you can and you can, and it is.

      • wow, excellent!

      • so, is that a yes, then?

      • Hmm I thought that as both the PC version and the PS3 version are on the same account you couldn’t play both at the same time?

        I suppose if you don’t link your accounts this would be possible.

    • Not on the same account.
      If you link your PSN id to your Steam id, then no.
      Because when you play online on PS3 you will be signed into your steam account, meaning that you won’t be able to sign in on your PS3.

      “Only PlayStation®3 split-screen co-op can be played using a single copy of the game. When you purchase a new copy of Portal 2 for PlayStation®3, you will receive an in-box code which provides your linked Steam account with access to your copy of Portal 2 on your computer. The game is still owned by only a single Steam account–another copy will be required to play online co-op with a friend.”

      • By the way, that’s from the steam website, in case you’re wondering.
        The easy way around that would be not to link it to your real account. Of course, that means you’d have to play it twice to match your trophies and achievements, but it shouldn’t be too much of a chore, right?

  4. it was starting to sound like some sort of online pass type system, and i think you know my views on those now, but this doesn’t sound so bad, downright generous on valve’s part in fact, believe me, i never expected to be saying that.

    still, i’m not sure about the game, i had real trouble with some of the later levels in the original, i’ve still yet to finish it, and this one looks like it’ll be even more complicated.

    it does look like a cool game though.

    • :O! You simply must finish the first. Depending on how far you got, you may not have even been presented with any kind of story! If you really can’t bring yourself to, then at least read up on what happens.

  5. can’t wait for this!

  6. I get the pc version… for frees? Z0mg

  7. Grrrrreat!

  8. I’m really looking for reasons why I might enjoy this game, played the original briefly recently and didnt get the hype so I’m not gonna bother. its MK for me. It is impressive though about the co-op / steam / connectivity though

    • ‘Briefly’ is where you went wrong. It starts off as a quite repetative (albeit genius in its execution) puzzler, but it really gets it’s story hat on by the end. Worth going back to and checking out. I believe Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw once described it being as near to a perfect game as possible. Pretty high praise from the man who hates everything.

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