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Leading Gaming Service Expands to Mac Platform

Valve announced today it will bring Steam, Valve's gaming service, and Source, Valve's gaming engine, to the Mac.

Steam and Valve's library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available in April.

"As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients," said Gabe Newell, President of Valve. "The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services."

"Our Steam partners, who are delivering over a thousand games to 25 million Steam clients, are very excited about adding support for the Mac," said Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve. "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. 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. We expect most developers and publishers to take advantage of Steam Play."

"We looked at a variety of methods to get our games onto the Mac and in the end decided to go with native versions rather than emulation," said John Cook, Director of Steam Development. "The inclusion of WebKit into Steam, and of OpenGL into Source gives us a lot of flexibility in how we move these technologies forward. We are treating the Mac as a tier-1 platform so all of our future games will release simultaneously on Windows, Mac, and the Xbox 360. Updates for the Mac will be available simultaneously with the Windows updates. Furthermore, Mac and Windows players will be part of the same multiplayer universe, sharing servers, lobbies, and so forth. We fully support a heterogeneous mix of servers and clients. The first Mac Steam client will be the new generation currently in beta testing on Windows."

Portal 2 will be Valve's first simultaneous release for Mac and Windows. "Checking in code produces a PC build and Mac build at the same time, automatically, so the two platforms are perfectly in lock-step," said Josh Weier, Portal 2 Project Lead. "We're always playing a native version on the Mac right alongside the PC. This makes it very easy for us and for anyone using Source to do game development for the Mac."

Support for the Mac in Source and Steamworks is available to third parties immediately. Interested developers should contact Jason Holtman at jasonh@valvesoftware.com.

Source: Steam News

This is just awesome! :|

Edit: Just found this news in the Reader News section.. Well, but not in the Mac Games section :]

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This is awesome!

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about 2 weeks old news, but awesome nonetheleess

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if this is just an april fools joke, i might seriously cry. but that would be too cruel of them.

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And this happens just I was considering abandoning Macs because there aren't any Mac laptops with decent graphics cards! Maybe I'll have to figure out how to put together a Hackintosh laptop.

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Let the "games" begin

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Steam for Mac Beta sign-ups are up. :)

http://store.steampowered.com/macbeta/

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How long till Portal 2 and the new half-life series comes out?

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So is steam going to support all games available to the pc users? (eg Bad Company 2)

EDIT

Supposed to be launched on April! Any updates?????????????

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So is steam going to support all games available to the pc users? (eg Bad Company 2)

EDIT

Supposed to be launched on April! Any updates?????????????


I read where they said that Valve will be supporting their own games (e.g.. HL2, Portal). I would figure that any mac support from the other game makers on steam will have to port the games over. All around it is a good thing though because I remember in a press conference when the original halflife came out Valve said that they was working for a time on a port of hl but scrapped it. They said that os x was too hard to program in.

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That's wicked, I've always used crossover but if this came to life it would be nice to have newer games working

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Anybody give the beta a shot? With a hackintosh?

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Anybody give the beta a shot? With a hackintosh?


its not released yet but yes everyone will.

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How long till Portal 2 and the new half-life series comes out?


Portal 2 is set for release sometime in october - 23rd, I think.
No one knows when the next HL-game will come though - and Valve doesn't talk about it yet.

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Anyone signed up for the Steam beta using a Hackintosh?

I was wondering because they ask for a System Profiler dump when you fill in the form, and it will be obvious to them that it doesn't come from a real Mac.

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Sweet! Looks like we'll finally be able to play some of those awesome games... err.. i've been playing on my windows machine for years.. hm.. :D nice anyway

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now I can fully utilize the gfx card on my hackintosh XD

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i got the beta... using a system profiler dump from my mac pro... It works well with osx on a real mac pro... but there are still quite a few bugs that need ironing out for the hack... like the way that hl2 uses over 200% of my CPU and results in a KP... Maybe the hack needs something extra?

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Good to see Mac OS getting more games now.

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i got the beta... using a system profiler dump from my mac pro... It works well with osx on a real mac pro... but there are still quite a few bugs that need ironing out for the hack... like the way that hl2 uses over 200% of my CPU and results in a KP... Maybe the hack needs something extra?


what are the stats of your mac pro, i wanna know if it could run on mine?





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