A lot can change in six months. As of last summer, Valve had planned to offer cross-play forCounter-Strike: Global Offensive on the PC, Mac, and PS3. But based on what it's learned from the beta, Valve has decided to strip the functionality in favor of offering constant updates for players on the PC and Mac.
"The beta has proved we want to update not just the beta, but the game itself post-launch frequently on the PC," Valve's Chet Faliszek revealed to 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."
If you would like to get into the ongoing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta, fill outValve's survey. If you want cross-play back in the game, wait to sign one of the dozens of online petitions currently being created.