Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Valve Bins Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Cross-Platform Play
Written Tuesday, March 06, 2012 By Richard Walker
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Rewind back to late August last year, and you might have been getting as excited as we were at the prospect of cross-platform play for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on the PlayStation Network, but as of today, Valve has decided to shelve that particular feature, based on feedback from the game's beta.

The decision will instead allow Valve to offer constant updates to PC and Mac players, making each platform "stronger" according to a statement from the studio.

"The beta has proved we want to update not just the beta, but the game itself post-launch frequently on the PC," Valve's Chet Faliszek told Joystiq. "To do that we need to separate the platforms so one doesn't hamstring the other. So for that, we have removed the idea of cross-platform play - essentially make all platforms stronger by not mixing them."

There's several online petitions circulating to reinstate cross-platform play, but for now, it's sadly off the table. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is coming to PSN later in the year.


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Comment #1 by mrcatman567
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 12:26:11 PM
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Comment #2 by AlphaCookie
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 12:31:10 PM
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Interest = Lost
I'll just stick to Counterstrike Source on PC.

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Comment #3 by AverySegaw
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 12:32:30 PM
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Had to expect this. PC players already would have had an accuracy edge, console players would have had a movement there's so many variables to consider between the various platforms that would have made a perfect implementation almost impossible.

The best way to start with cross-platform gaming would be to try it with consoles first, but with Xbox Live being a paid service and PSN being free, it creates roadblocks that prevent such a feature from ever seeing fruition.

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Comment #4 by Vuule
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 12:43:55 PM
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@3 You were going to be put up against players of the same skill level. So it wouldn't matter what you were going to use.

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Comment #5 by DignifiedTuna
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 12:54:56 PM
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@3 Which is a good idea in theory whenever it's tossed out, except nobody can ever get it right since it's too difficult to measure skill accurately.

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Comment #6 by The_Tuck
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 12:58:50 PM
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I have seen the word "bin" used as a verb.

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Comment #7 by The_Tuck
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 12:59:53 PM
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have *never seen

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Comment #8 by rally808
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 01:25:25 PM
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If they had cross platform play, there would be a lot of problems as well in terms of hacks and maps. What do you think was your percentage of valve maps and custom maps? 50/50? I know im speaking for my self but i also played custom games 80% of the time. Like the super hero servers. Punisher, spiderman(+hook), and all that stuff. Very fun.

And the people that think mouse and keyboard players wont have an advantage, have not played a lot of pc games.

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Comment #9 by DignifiedTuna
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 01:26:38 PM
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@5 Meant to type 4 instead of 3. Whoops.

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Comment #10 by SimplySupreme
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 01:56:27 PM
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How is this bad news? I'm glad we're gonna have to stay away from the hack-happy PC community. They can keep their cheaters to themselves as far as I'm concerned.

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Comment #11 by SSWORM69
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 02:08:40 PM
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Is Half Life 3 in that shelf too?

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Comment #12 by Ice884
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 02:44:18 PM
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Please do not allow cross platform unless it is xbox and playstation playing together, console vs pc = pc people slaughtering console.

@11 I hope so, I loved half-life a lot.

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Comment #13 by Mangoes
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 03:53:57 PM
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Hehehe... I'll still have the advantage of using a mouse and keyboard (I'm a veteran, not just a person with a mouse/keyboard) in the PS3 version... Hope they don't remove that. Or did they already scrapped that feature?

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Comment #14 by JoBot 8000
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 04:05:30 PM
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I'll probably get it for PS3 and then wait for the Steam sales to get it for my PC.

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Comment #15 by Cromag2
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 04:17:39 PM
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whatever, where is HL3...

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Comment #16 by Blessorship
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 04:38:39 PM
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That sucks, I was definitely looking forward to that feature. It won't prevent me from buying the game though. It would be amazing if they would put scoutzknivez in the game.

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Comment #17 by Sly-Creed
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 09:15:29 PM
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I dont even really care. I will still play this, mainly because I love it on PC, and I dont mind buying it again just to see what its like on consoles.

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Comment #18 by widowtaker
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 @ 12:54:44 AM
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i do think that all consoles and pc should be linked for online

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Comment #19 by DJbruce92
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 @ 04:07:10 AM
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I was getting it on steam anyway so this doesn't affect my decision.

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Comment #20 by sanchezz4387
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 @ 05:58:10 AM
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call me a cynic but wouldnt cross platform gaming completly erradicate the point of having different consoles? if i wanted to play a pc community id buy a pc and the same goes for xbox or ps3. jesus im glad they have scrapped it common sense prevails for once.

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Comment #21 by russkow
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 @ 06:48:51 AM
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regardless of the idea being scrapped, i dont want buy something from the PSN store, i dont want to own virtual belongings

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