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Valve originally planned to allow PS3 owners to play against PC and Mac gamers in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. However, Valve's Chet Faliszek has revealed that the development team scrapped that feature.
"The beta has proved we want to update not just the beta, but the game itself post-launch frequently on the PC," 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."
Honestly, this is a good thing for PS3 gamers. Yes, you'll miss out on grouping with a friend who favors the PC. However, you'll also avoid facing off against PC gamers who have been playing Counter-Strike since 1999. I also feel like there's some inherent balance between the platforms due to controls; a mouse just lends itself to more precise aiming than a gamepad.
Global Offensive is currently in beta on the PC. To get a shot at testing the game, you can fill out a survey. The game's targeted for a summer release on the PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac.