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.
Among the features available in the Steam Overlay on PlayStation® 3:
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.
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.
Using your current Steam account provides you with several benefits:
To access a new account created by the PlayStation® 3 version of Portal 2 on your computer, you will first need the Steam software. When you run the software and arrive at the log-in screen, select “PS3™ - First time signing in?”, which will allow you to log in to Steam using your PSN ID. You will then be guided through the first-time log-in process, and asked to set up your account credentials.
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:
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.
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.
If you were provided a code for preorder DLC with your copy of Portal 2, it can be redeemed by the following steps:
Preorder bonuses unlocked on your PlayStation® 3 will also be available in Windows and Mac, and vice-versa.
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.