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Valve Is Bringing Steam To Mac

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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.”

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17 comments for “Valve Is Bringing Steam To Mac”

  • glennverhalle

    I'm not a gamer myself but a Mac user and this is really great news, even more people will take the plunge now!

  • mastacoupe

    That could be a brilliant move by Valve/ Steam. There is no inherent reason why Windows should have a gaming advantage over Mac, or Linux for that matter.

  • http://twitter.com/MindsCave Rob Hughes

    typo in the first sentence – STEAM – not Stream.

  • slyke777

    So, how are we going to use alternate fire (Right click)?

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  • magician13134

    Mac has right click. Both the Mighty Mouse and Magic Mouse have fully functional right click abilities, in addition to Mac supporting just about any other mouse on the market.

  • brian l

    Remember, Apple controls the Software AND the Hardware not unlike say Sony's PS3 or MS's 360, witch in turn could make it easier to develop games for the mac because you KNOW what hardware and Software the target consumer is using.

    Lets also not forget that the PC as a gaming platform shrinking with more and more people happily buying Consoles.

    Or maybe WOW on the Mac is more popular then I thought and Valve see's an opportunity…..?

  • EmceeFly

    I would hardly call the PC gaming populace shrinknig. If anything its growing thanks to steam with their ridiculous deals. Plus moving into mac territory is only going to bring more people into the fold. It should be amusing when the eventual segregation comes onto the tf2 servers like the idling punishment brought. Also even though all the valve titles are really good i dont see it converting people from PC to mac, if they brought their entire library and any future releases maybe.

  • David

    What about a mouse scroll? or the next page button…oh no, we mac users have nothing…we'll never be able to play any of those game unless Valve develops the special right clicking, mouse scrolling next page button mighty mouse….I'm going to email them right away!

  • http://todaysbestgames.blogspot.com/ saggz

    finally ive been waiting for this, hopefully this is only the start of new things to start comin to the mac. i hav a pc as well but there a lot of things that it has over the mac, and i wud enjoy seeing them on the mac

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    mac's Suck

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    “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.”

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