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why doesnt xbox 360 include portal 2 for pc steam?

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asked 12 years ago in PuzzlePuzzle by anonymous  

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Because Valve struck up a deal with Sony. They've been saying since the beginning that the PS3 version would be the most complete, best version of Portal 2.

Part of it, I'm sure, also had to do with the fact that Microsoft doesn't want to support Steam since it's not theirs. They won't even let anyone else use their wireless frequencey for their controllers.
answered 12 years ago by mrtowel Prince (27,434 points)   8 18 41
I'm surprised (amazed, really) that Sony will support Steam since it's not _theirs_ either.
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xbox360 does not support steam.

Microsoft and Steam are both digital distributors of games so Microsoft will not aid their competitor when they should be getting players on GFWL instead.
answered 12 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
PSN supports digital distribution as well though, right?
Yes. But PSN do not distribute PC games digitally like Microsoft and Valve. We all know GFWL and Steam have been fighting head to head for a slice of the digital PC games market.
I don't know about it being head to head. D2D would be a better competitor and GFWL is the runt that's trying to catch up.
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Alternatively, why DOES the PS3 version include Portal 2 for PC/OSX Steam? When has something like that ever happened before?

As far as I could find, there hasn't been any official statement from Valve/Sony regarding this. One might speculate that it was part of Valve mending fences after repeated jabs at the PS3. Or it is part of the deal that lets Valve tie in Steamworks on the PS3.

Whatever the reason, it's a shame the same deal was not reached on the Xbox.

answered 12 years ago by q00u Adept (831 points)   8
Valve believes in selling you a license of the game, not a copy of the game. At last years E3 convention, Gabe Newell surprised everyone at the PS3 keynote by announcing that Portal 2 was gonna be on the PS3 and implementing Steamworks. They want you to be able to buy the game once and play it on whatever platform you own. Microsoft needs to nut up and accept that Steam is a viable option on the 360.
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it's because xbox live is terribly locked down and they want you to pay for everything, they wouldn't even let valve release free updates. also, steam is a direct competitor to gfwl, even though gfwl is a joke.
answered 12 years ago by jaykay Master (8,580 points)   5 7 51
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Microsoft and Valve both are competitors with downloadable content provider applications for computers – Valve has Steam for its download content while Microsoft has Games for Windows Marketplace for its content, both also distribute / sell content for other game companies as well.
answered 12 years ago by GeekPuppet Mercenary (1,023 points)   1 2 25
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Sony is always out to get exclusive content on 3rd party games so when this oppertunity arose to make Portal 2 a killer app on PS3, they jumped on board. The PSN is generally easier to work with over Live and all it's restrictions.
answered 12 years ago by CBas Paragon (4,898 points)   3 8 41
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On ps3 you can link your accounts with psn and steam together, I'm sure it's just a promotion to get ps3 players into pc gaming so steam can sell more games.
answered 12 years ago by Fielon Mercenary (1,645 points)   1 4 27
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That is all because of Valve-Sony-Microsoft relationships. I think it is not fair to gamers, but big bosses don't care
answered 12 years ago by Filoleg Adept (873 points)   18
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It's all about exclusive deals within the companies.
answered 12 years ago by Angel037 Adept (756 points)   13
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I'd say because since PS3 and PC are cross-platform, you are already playing on PC so VALVe said "Why not give PS3 owners a free PC copy?" :]
answered 12 years ago by l4d2bob Grandmaster (11,115 points)   5 10 48
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Valve is pushing steam into other platforms, such as the PS3. They made a deal and that's why you get extra copy of Portal 2.

answered 12 years ago by SnakePL Adept (799 points)   7
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i guess you could say that microsoft doesn't like steam very much. Because it is another digital game distributor, its competition. Sony has a deal with Valve, nuff said XD
answered 12 years ago by Cloudzers Adept (867 points)   2 3 12
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Promotions involve companies paying other companies for exclusivity, and this is one of those situations where Sony paid up.
answered 12 years ago by elcidcampeon Adept (934 points)   15
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xbox 360 and valve are not partners

so xbox 360 doesnt support valve
answered 12 years ago by Haloweeboe Champion (5,146 points)   2 8 19
If that were the case, then why was Portal: Still Alive released for Xbox Live Arcade exclusively? Expanding on that, why would Valve release ANY of their games for Xbox 360 if that was it?

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