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Valve: Sony's online approach is likes ours - we don't think 'platform'

PS3 firm has been "great to work with" on cross-platform

Valve has called Sony's approach to cross-platform play on PS3 similar to its own - "We don't think 'platform'... we just want to play."

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That's according to Portal writer Chet Faliszek, who said Sony has been "really helpful" in setting up cross-platform Portal 2 and Counter-Strike: GO matches between PC and PS3.

Quizzed on cross-platform play by Edge, Faliszek said: "With Sony - and we've done it with Portal 2 - they've been great to work with on that stuff; they're really open to that idea. They think of it kind of like we do: we're gamers, we don't think 'platform'.

"Like, I own all the platforms, and I'll play games on whatever. I just want to play. And they've been really helpful that way."

Explaining how the feature will work in the new Counter-Strike, the writer added: "Xbox has its own community, but PS3, PC and Mac will all be able to play together.

"[That's one] thing about the skill-based matchmaking: if you're really great with a controller, you'll be playing with people who are as good with their mouse and keyboard. It doesn't care about your input device."

Global Offensive is being developed simultaneously for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 and will launch with at least seven maps, accommodating the game's trademark bomb defusal and hostage rescue modes.

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Maps include classics such as dust, Dust2, Aztec, Nuke, inferno, Italy and Office. As well as the classic arsenal of weaponry, CS: GO will feature a few new additions including a decoy grenade and a Molotov cocktail.

For more nuggets of gameplay information have a read of Valve's initial CS: GO announcement.

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