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Word hit yesterday that the PS3 version of Half-Life 2: The Orange Box would be delayed a few weeks past its 360 and PC kin. It's the latest PS3 version of a multi-platform game to stagger behind the other SKUs, but today Valve is assuring it had nothing to do with difficulties developing on the PS3 hardware.

Speaking to [Register or Login to view links], Valve director of marketing Doug Lombardi said the reason is simply geographical; the EA UK team handling PS3 development across the pond is running a little behind the core Valve team. "We weren't going to hold up PC and 360 for PS3," said Lombardi. Furthermore, Valve says all three versions will be identical in terms of performance and content.

Considering the delay will only be a few weeks, Valve's explanation isn't surprising - any substantial PS3 development problems would more likely have delayed it by months. So just sit tight, PS3-owning Half Life fans. The wait to play Half-Life 2, Episode One, Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2 won't be too much longer.

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