Though gaming support on the operating system could be considered as dead, Valve has announced that its Steam, gaming digital downloading service, will be headed to Apple’s Mac operating systems as soon as next month, which is April. Taping into a market that has been long ignored by, mostly, every gaming front.
The launch of Steam on Macs will bring with it Mac-friendly versions of Valve’s latest releases, including “Left 4 Dead 2,” “Team Fortress 2,” “Counter-Strike,” “Portal,” and the “Half-Life”, to the Mac. However, the most important feature of the program is the new “Steam Play” feature which allows PC and Mac users to play games with or against each other online.
“Steamworks for the Mac supports all of the Steamworks APIs, and we have added a new feature, called Steam Play, which allows customers who purchase the product for the Mac or Windows to play on the other platform free of charge,” explained Valve’s director of business development, Jason Holtman. “For example, Steam Play, in combination with the Steam Cloud, allows a gamer playing on their work PC to go home and pick up playing the same game at the same point on their home Mac.”