Valve has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 version of Orange Box will be released a bit later than PC and 360 builds - but said the delay is nothing to do with the console itself.

The reason for the PS3 build's late arrival, marketing director Doug Lombardi told Eurogamer, is simply that the EA UK team handling its development are on the other side of the ocean and are necessarily a bit behind the core Valve team's development.

"We weren't going to hold up PC and 360 for PS3," Lombardi told us, which means the PS3 game will probably be released "around two or three weeks later".

As it stands, PC and 360 versions are due out on 9th October in the US and 12th October in Europe. As well as retail releases, the PC version will appear on Steam. In terms of pricing, PC will likely go for GBP 29.99 while 360 and PS3 versions will cost around GBP 39.99.

But, to get back to the PS3, the good news is that Valve reckons the three versions will be identical in function and, critically, performance. That's good news for Sony fans who've been getting a bit of a raw deal from some cross-platform ports.

As for the quality of the games, we're not in a position to discuss specifics until our little friend the embargo removes his hand from around our throats, but it's worth remembering that buyers on all three formats get Half-Life 2, Episode One, Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2, which certainly represents value for money.

Look out for more news from Valve in the next few days.

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