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How do I access Steam on my PlayStation® 3?

Once you have started Portal 2 on your PlayStation® 3, you can access the Steam Overlay at any time simply by pressing the SELECT button on your PS3™ controller.


What are some features the Steam Overlay on PlayStation® 3 provides?

Among the features available in the Steam Overlay on PlayStation® 3:

  • Play cross-platform from your PlayStation® 3 with Steam friends on Windows or Mac.
  • Access your Steam friends list, enabling you to chat with, add, or remove Steam friends.
  • Access redeemed downloadable content registered in Windows or Mac, and vice-versa
  • View your Steam friends' community profiles.
  • View your earned Steam Achievements, as well as global achievement stats, for Portal 2.
  • See the latest news and announcements for Portal 2.

If you are curious about what Steam provides on a PC, please go here to learn more.


Steam achievements are earned in lockstep with PSN Trophies: earning a PSN Trophy while logged in to a Steam account will award you the corresponding Steam Achievement once you have linked your PSN and Steam accounts. Achievements earned in Windows or OSX do not unlock PSN Trophies.

How do I link my PlayStation®Network account with my Steam account in Portal 2 on PlayStation®3?

After starting Portal 2 on PlayStation®3, bring up the Steam Overlay by pressing the SELECT on your PS3™ controller. If you are not yet logged in to the PlayStation®Network, you will be prompted to do so here.

You will then be prompted to either log in to an existing Steam account, or create a new one.

If you choose to create a new Steam account, the name of the account will appear to others to be the same as your PlayStation® Network ID. This new Steam account will automatically be linked to your PSN ID.


How do I access my PlayStation® 3 copy of Portal 2 from my computer?

Each new copy of Portal 2 on PlayStation® 3 includes a one-time use code allowing you access to the game on Windows or Mac through Steam.


Each code is unique and non-transferrable, and can only be registered to a single Steam account.

To redeem this code, please take the following steps:

  1. After you have linked your Steam account and your PSN ID, log in to Steam on Windows or Mac. If you do not yet have Steam, download the software here.
  2. On your PC, launch the Steam application and log in to your account. If you created a new Steam account using the Steam Overlay on PlayStation® 3, on the log-in screen, select “PS3™ - First time signing in?”, which will guide you through the first-time Steam login via your PlayStation®Network account (you will then be asked to set up your account credentials)
  3. Once you have logged in to the account, go to the “Games” menu along the top, choose “Activate a Product on Steam”, and enter the key provided on the card included in the game’s packaging.
  4. After this key has been activated, the game can be downloaded and played by selecting “Library”, and then double-clicking on “Portal 2”.


The PlayStation® 3 game disc for Portal 2 cannot be used to install the game in Windows or OSX. Instead, your computer will download the correct version of the game through Steam.

Can two players play online co-op with each other using a single purchase of Portal 2 for PlayStation®3?

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.

How do I redeem my preorder downloadable content (DLC) code in Portal 2?

If you were provided a code for preorder DLC with your copy of Portal 2, it can be redeemed by the following steps:

  1. Start Portal 2 on your PlayStation® 3 and log in to Steam.
  2. Select the “Play Cooperative Game” option from the main menu.
  3. Choose “Play Online”.
  4. You will arrive at the ”Invite Friends” screen. From here, you may press the TRIANGLE button to access additional options.
  5. From this menu, select the “Redeem bonus code” option, and enter your DLC code.


Preorder bonuses unlocked on your PlayStation® 3 will also be available in Windows and Mac, and vice-versa.

How do I use the Steam Cloud features for Portal 2 on my PlayStation® 3?

Steam Cloud is automatically enabled once you've linked your PSN and Steam accounts.

Portal 2 for PlayStation® 3 supports Steam Cloud, which allows settings, saves, and progress to be transferable from one PlayStation® 3 to another, or from any computer to another computer.


Game saves and progress from a PlayStation® 3 are incompatible with other platforms (i.e. Windows or Mac). Steam Cloud data from a PlayStation® 3 can only be used with another PlayStation® 3 logged in to the same PSN ID.

Save files stored on Steam Cloud for your PSN ID will not interfere with Steam Cloud save files stored for your Windows or OSX computer.

To access Steam Cloud settings for the PlayStation® 3, you must first log in to your linked PSN account.

Once you have done so, you may access the Steam Cloud menu from either the Load Game or Save Game screens

While on either the Save or Load screen, press the TRIANGLE button to access the Steam Cloud settings, where you can select the number of saves to sync. Steam Cloud will sync the most recently made saves , allowing you to pick up where you left off on any PlayStation® 3.


Choosing to sync more saves may result in longer download and sync times for your save data when starting the game on another PlayStation® 3.

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