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can i give away PC copy of portal 2 that I get when buying it for PS3?

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asked 13 years ago in PuzzlePuzzle by anonymous  

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You can, if you don't mind linking your PSN to your friend's steam account.

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No, you need to link your PSN to you Steam account so you can't give it away to a friend or something. It will be unusable.
answered 13 years ago by RageQuit Soldier (2,345 points)   1 4 17
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It is possible, but then you wouldn't be able to play portal 2 online.


You get a special code when you buy portal 2. You have to enter that code to get the pc version and activate online play.
answered 13 years ago by godlike_gamer Adept (897 points)   2 14
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No, you cant because your PS3 copy is somehow linked to your steam copy that you get for free with your ps3 copy......unless you want to somehow play it offline..
answered 13 years ago by ygurin Rookie (216 points)   2 5
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Here is a link to a thread on Amazon discussing it after having a discussion with a CSR:

Basically, it's not known for sure at this moment, but it seems like there are some tricks to get around it.

The big hurdle is the fact that the free PC copy only works with the Steam ID linked to your PSN through the PS3 Portal. 

If this is possible, we will see many tutorials on how to accomplish it tomorrow when people have the game. I'll update this then!

answered 13 years ago by mrtowel Prince (27,434 points)   8 18 41
i think Steam Delete that so i belive he could however link it to his steam account and/or Friend's account for explame your id for psn was  watchagonnawoopa and your/friends steam id was Eldos (copyright section 4 copyright in a "fair use") or your friends was idk ummm let me think ....... your friend's id is for steam HitmanBloodMoney (copyright section 4 copyright in a "fair use")
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The short answer is No.


When you buy Portal 2 for PS3 you don't actually get a seperate "Free copy" of the game. In order to play Portal 2 for PS3 (online) you need to tie your Playstation account with an existing steam id, or create a new steam id. When you do this you get the ability to play Portal 2 through your PSN/steam id on either PS3 or Steam.  But it's the same account, and unless you are willing to share your PSN account with a friend, you really can't share it.  (Even if you did, you can only be logged on in either the PS3 or steam, not both, at the same time).

While the "free copy" of Portal 2 for PC is nice, this is an admitted downside to steam that you become available to. (Signing into Steamworks via PS3 means that anyone wanting to play any of your steam games on your PC can't be signed in at the same time). If you are just one person it's probably no big deal, but if you have a family it can be a bit of a pain.
answered 13 years ago by aggies11 Journeyman (660 points)   2 11
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You can't link it to someone elses unless you want to link your PS3 account with someone elses Steam account.


Which would be badnews for both of you.
answered 13 years ago by MrMacMan Mercenary (1,236 points)   1 13
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Technically yes you could give away the game to a friend...but they would have to play it on your steam acount. So if you really trusted your friend and you would let him use your steam acount then, yes you could give Portal 2 to him.
answered 13 years ago by Pattycack3e Journeyman (683 points)   1 7
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You can, but it's not that simple. Follow these steps below,


1. Give the STEAM voucher code to your friend
2. Either make a dummy PSN account or have his PSN account activated on your PS3.
3. Play the Portal 2 PS3 disc on your PS3 using his dummy or his PSN account
4. Press SELECT to open STEAM while playing Portal 2.
5. Link his PSN or dummy account to the Steam account he has.
6. There ya go, you can now play together!

answered 13 years ago by gamerx1990 Mercenary (1,491 points)   2 18
This hinges on the idea that you can play Portal 2 on the PS3 with more then one (different) PSN accounts (so that you can use a dummy/friends PSN in order to gift them the game on PC). This is not a guarantee (there may be some restrictions, either regarding crossplattform play and or the PC version of the game).
I can see Valve not wanting to undercut the PC sales by having an easy method to circumvent the "multiplattform copy" vs a "giftable code".
Will know soon enough though :)
ok, i don't find a valid reason why i was down voted. I posted this because my friend tried this and it worked. You can't just give away to any person you like without linking YOUR PSN with STEAM account. The person you give to, should own a PS3  or else the dummy account.

I just suggested according to the question. I didn't force him in anyway. BTW, aggies11, "multiplattform copy" vs a "giftable code" - That is possible if you didn't know. :)
"I can see Valve not wanting to undercut the PC sales by having an easy method to"

PC is still the main platform. And there are more PC copies purchased compared to the consoles (obviously). Just see the jostiq's how to register a steam code if you want to more about it.
@ gamerx1990

Is the PC code locked to the first PSN account that uses it?  IE: Did you have to go through these steps before you played portal 2 using your own PSN account?  Or did you play it with your PSN and then go through these steps so your buddy has the PC version?
OK, so theoretically,(I can't confirm this, but this is what other people are reporting) the "Free" PC game shows up on the *first* Steam Account that you link *A* PSN account with.

However you can still use *OTHER* PSN accounts to play portal on PS3.

So if you want to "give" away the PC portal access, you have to log into PSN with an account that is NOT your main PSN account. (Presumably a new throw away account if your "friend" doesn't have PSN.  Or the PSN account of your "friend" that wants Portal 2 for PC).  Once logged in via that account, Start Portal 2 for the first time, choose to link this PSN account, with the existing Steam ID of the person you want to "give" it to.  Voilla, they now have Portal 2 PC on their steam (Or rather, they should be able to redeem the product code via their steam). They should use that code.

Now what you do is sign out of PSN and Steam via PS3, and sign back into your main PSN account. Then choose to link that with *your* Steam account. This linking should NOT grant access to Portal 2 via PC/steam.

If done the above way, you can be signed into YOUR PSN/Steam on PS3, while they are signed into their Steam on PC, and play coop together with two completely seperate copies of Portal 2.

*This only works if Valve is not doing anything to prevent multiple PSN's from creating/linking to different Steam accounts. Ie. the Steam account linking isn't tied to the specific PS3. This doesn't seem likely (it would prevent multi person families from playing with their own PSN accounts), but you never know.

If it works for you, post back to let people know.

PS. Re: gamerx1990 - Your answer was posted before the game was released on PS3, I had seen that suggestion before other places, but at the time it was un-tested (plus you didn't say a friend had already tried it and it worked). I personally didn't downvote you though, I only posted the caveat in the comments seeing that it would work only if Valve didn't take steps to prevent it, as at the time we didn't know yet (it wasn't released).

Now that it presumably works, and has been tested (not by me personally, but people are still reporting), it looks like your method works, so the down-voting was pre-mature.

I wouldn't sweat it though as a lot of the activity in the last few days has been mostly due to the Portal 2 give-away, so isn't the most thought out/meaningful.

(I gave you my upvote to bring it to -1 :)
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No you can't It's not meant to be.

Any form of giving away is probably  a violation of Steam's TOS.
answered 13 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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no, valve made it so the person with the ps3 game will also get the pc game since they are trying to promote pc gaming
answered 13 years ago by drakaenae King (41,339 points)   5 9 79
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No, you can't. You can link it to your steam account via steamworks though. So, that means you can play the game on both platforms without paying twice. But no, you can't gift it to a friend.
answered 13 years ago by markitou Journeyman (714 points)   1 16
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Technically you could. BUT the "steam copy" unlocks when you link your PS3 account with the steam account. So if you link those together, the two accounts will share the same statistics, achievements, savegames. So it wouldn't be that useful. Plus, your friend would be giving away his Steam Password to you, which he wouldn't want to.
answered 13 years ago by Mr.TwisT Journeyman (621 points)   7
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NO but you can do it the other way tho
answered 13 years ago by Lunamaria Adept (895 points)   1 17
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No, it won't work, because free PC/MAC version is connected to your steam account
answered 13 years ago by Filoleg Adept (873 points)   18
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Yea, but PS3 owners don't get to play online.
answered 13 years ago by ExiledOne Mercenary (1,130 points)   11
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You'll need to link your PSN account to his steam acc.
answered 13 years ago by l4d2bob Grandmaster (11,115 points)   5 10 48
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Nope you cant. The PC version that comes with the PS3 are somehow linked to each other so that you are able to play it on the PS3 and the PC but also to play it Cross Platform with others that own the game.

Except for Xbox 360. xD
answered 13 years ago by Jaws444 Hero (3,876 points)   1 4 39
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No sorry i was in the same situation when my friend got portal 2 for the ps3 now i am trying to win it
answered 13 years ago by djs Soldier (2,570 points)   3 10 39
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Nope, you can't give it away.  If you do, the FBI will kick down your door and shoot you in the face with a bazooka.
answered 9 years ago by anonymous  

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