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Valve Reveals Portal 2 Pre-Order Info, Specs

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Monday Valve released additional details regarding the upcoming game Portal 2 including pre-orders and PC/Mac hardware specifications.

According to the developer, various retailers are now taking pre-orders worldwide. Here in the States, GameStop is offering online and in-store buyers customized skins for the co-op bots Atlas and P-body. PC gamers also receive $5 off the regular price of $49.99 ($59.99 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners). Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't offer the customized skins, but the online retailer does offer a $5 credit, reducing the PC version to $44.99 and the console version to $54.99.

Gamers who prefer to use Valve's Steam service to purchase PC and Mac digital copies can pre-order Portal 2 for $44.99 and receive the original Portal game for free. Additionally, consumers can purchase the Portal 2 Two Pack for $79.98-- this is ideal when buying the game for yourself and a friend. Out of the three retailers offering pre-orders, Steam is apparently the only retailer offering the Mac version.

"Portal 2 is shaping up to be the most innovative title in Valve's history, and to be a much larger experience than we originally planned," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve. "As such, we are aggressively promoting the title with more retail promotions than we have put behind any prior release."

Also released today were the PC and Mac hardware specs for Portal 2. They are as follows:

PC System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2000
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
  • Memory: 1 GB XP / 2 GB Vista
  • Hard Disk Space: At least 7.6 GB of Space
  • Video: Video card must be 128 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 2.0b (ATI Radeon X800 or higher / NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or higher / Intel HD Graphics 2000 or higher).
  • Audio: DirectX 9.0c compatible

Mac System Requirements

  • OS: MAC OS X 10.6.6 or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2 GHz or better)
  • Memory: 2 GB Hard Disk Space: At least 7.6 GB of Space
  • Video: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or high

Portal 2 is scheduled to hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Mac worldwide on April 18, 2011.

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    wfrantz , February 15, 2011 5:21 PM
    careful those PC specs seem a little steep.
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    RogueKitsune , February 15, 2011 5:36 PM
    wfrantzcareful those PC specs seem a little steep.

    10 years ago I might of not been able to play this game, thank god its the future now... anywho.
    I am excited about this game, and hopefully it will be super challenging just like Portal: Prelude when it first came out
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    squanto , February 15, 2011 5:39 PM
    Portal 2 and Mass Effect 3, two titles that will live up to the hype. Valve does not mess around, game looks beautiful but sound like it runs beautifully too
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    rubix_1011 , February 15, 2011 5:42 PM
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    careful those PC specs seem a little steep.


    I seriously hope you are joking. Dual core CPU, 2gig of RAM for Vista or higher? Radeon X800 or nVidia 7600 or higher? Those cards are like 4+ years old.

    At almost 8GB of HDD space, that might throw some people, but go look up how much space your BFBC2 or COD:MW...or even Supreme Commander games take up.
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    sdedalus83 , February 15, 2011 5:47 PM
    There's no difference between the Mac and Windows steam clients when activating a dual platform Valve product with a retail key. If you have a Mac and want to pre order through a brick & mortar or online retailer, the PC version will work for either.
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    PieceMaker42 , February 15, 2011 5:56 PM
    Thank god it still runs on Windows 2000.
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    theshonen8899 , February 15, 2011 6:01 PM
    rubix_1011I seriously hope you are joking. Dual core CPU, 2gig of RAM for Vista or higher? Radeon X800 or nVidia 7600 or higher? Those cards are like 4+ years old.At almost 8GB of HDD space, that might throw some people, but go look up how much space your BFBC2 or COD:MW...or even Supreme Commander games take up.


    It's sarcasm dude. The damn specs are the exact same ones as Left 4 Dead 2. I really hate it when people like you take these kinds of jokes as an opportunity to insult people's intelligence. Either that or you legitimately took his post seriously, which is also sad.
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    skora , February 15, 2011 6:01 PM
    Does that really say Intel HD 2000 or higher? They must be counting on the CPU to make up a lot for the lack of GPU horsepower. The 2000 is well below the discrete GPU min.
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    newbie_mcnoob , February 15, 2011 6:01 PM
    woohoo! DirectX 9! Thanks consoles from 5 years ago.
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    Darkerson , February 15, 2011 6:01 PM
    rubix_1011I seriously hope you are joking. Dual core CPU, 2gig of RAM for Vista or higher? Radeon X800 or nVidia 7600 or higher? Those cards are like 4+ years old..


    Someone'e sarcasm meter definitely needs to be fixed...
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , February 15, 2011 6:07 PM
    This game better be amazing. Portal 1 was part of the Orange Box and that was $50 and now Portal 2 is $50 by itself? This better be 10 times longer.

    Also the system specs are the same as the recommended specs of Portal 1. The sad thing is I have a pc sitting with a AMD Athlon and 7600gt that could play this.
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    Honis , February 15, 2011 6:28 PM
    Glad I upgraded to a AMD 6970...
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    jpmucha , February 15, 2011 6:41 PM
    thegreathuntingdolphinThis game better be amazing. Portal 1 was part of the Orange Box and that was $50 and now Portal 2 is $50 by itself? This better be 10 times longer.Also the system specs are the same as the recommended specs of Portal 1. The sad thing is I have a pc sitting with a AMD Athlon and 7600gt that could play this.

    Valve has said that Portal 2 will be a 'full game', so I would expect content/playtime to be around that of a 'full game' like Half-Life 2.
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    chaoski , February 15, 2011 7:00 PM
    Its still based on current source engine....not new HL3 engine.

    Consoles just continue holding up gaming graphics progress.

    I might grab it for Christmas for $5 or somethin...
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    ace_tate , February 15, 2011 7:19 PM
    Just preordered the ps3 version from gamestop after reading this. Supposed to come with the steam version for free. Yeah, it better be way longer of a game for 55 bux!
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    quovatis , February 15, 2011 7:24 PM
    oh boy. Steam is offering Portal 1 for free when you buy Portal 2, even though Portal 1 has been free for months...
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    captaincharisma , February 15, 2011 7:47 PM
    quovatisoh boy. Steam is offering Portal 1 for free when you buy Portal 2, even though Portal 1 has been free for months...


    since when is $14.99 considered free? cause thats how much it is on stream
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    razor512 , February 15, 2011 8:19 PM
    captaincharismasince when is $14.99 considered free? cause thats how much it is on stream



    if you own any videocard by nvidia, even a geforce 2 or lower, you get a free copy of portal 1 most of the levels
    http://www.steampowered.com/nvidia/

    I will be getting portal 2 when they have a sale for it.
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    maestintaolius , February 15, 2011 8:36 PM
    razor512 ... I will be getting portal 2 when they have a sale for it.

    Agreed, that's the best part of Steam. I'll just wait til it drops to 30$ or lower. I don't need to play it the day it'll come out. I've got plenty of games I got off steam for pennies on the dollar to keep me entertained until then.
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    Benihana , February 15, 2011 9:31 PM
    sdedalus83There's no difference between the Mac and Windows steam clients when activating a dual platform Valve product with a retail key. If you have a Mac and want to pre order through a brick & mortar or online retailer, the PC version will work for either.

    Good point! To say it a little differently, you can purchase the "PC-only versions" from brick and mortar places, and play it on the Mac. You'll have to register the game onto Steam in order to play it, and then it'll work on both Mac + PC.

    Only difference is that perhaps you will not be able to install the game on a Mac from the disc with a retail copy. You'll have to download it through Steam. In that sense, yes Valve is the only retailer offering the Mac platform.
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