Mac Steam opens up with free Portal

Download service's debut on Apple systems marked by giveaway of mind-bending puzzle platformer for Mac OS X 10.6.3, initial lineup of 63 titles; rest of Valve's catalog to be released later in the year.

Two months after it was announced in March, Steam for the Mac has gone live. Valve Software has announced that the download service is now available for Apple's line of computers, and it flipped the switch on its online store early this afternoon. The Steam client can be downloaded at www.steamgames.com

No Lie: Portal is free until May 24 for Mac users. (Cake not included.)

To drum up enthusiasm, Valve will be giving away the Mac version of its award-winning puzzle game Portal through May 24. The download will require Mac users to update their operating systems to OS X 10.6.3 or the game will not install.

Unfortunately, as of now, Portal is the only one of the Bellevue, Washington-based studio's hits available on the service. Past titles such as Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, and Counter-Strike are not yet available in non-PC form on Steam, although Valve has said it plans to port them to the Mac. Starting with Portal 2, all future Valve games will be released simultaneously on the Mac, PC, and Xbox 360.

Mac for Steam did launch with a 63-game catalog of mostly puzzle, arcade, and classic games. Among the titles offered are Peggle Deluxe, Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse 1, Zuma Deluxe, World of Goo, and Tales of Monkey Island Season 1. Also available are Cryptic Studios' massively multiplayer online role-playing game City of Heroes: Architect Edition and Firaxis' historical strategy "god game" Civilization IV: The Complete Edition. All purchased Mac games bearing the "Steamplay" logo can also be downloaded onto PCs as well at no extra charge--and vice versa.

Valve has also added Mac support into its Steamworks development toolkit, which allows titles built using the software to be interchangeable between the PC and Apple's platform. The developer will also release game updates for Windows and Mac editions simultaneously. Gamers on the two platforms will also be able to intermingle in online matches, playing and communicating on the same servers and in the same game lobbies.

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118 comments
zlagie
zlagie

I was planning on getting it, but then i saw Portal was free!!!!! Thanks Valve!

tezzalodge
tezzalodge

Have to say that Its horrifyingly complicated to install with these stupid "case insensitive" restrictions. creating partitions , paths, sym linking....ridiculous...I gave up after a an hour...... Took 5 mins on my windows laptop. Shame really as the mac we have here is kick ass......Its like photoshop all over again

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

This is why I love Valve. They have fantastic games that they put a lot of love and work into and they know how to treat their customers.

fisgiger
fisgiger

Looks like the Mac section on GS might need to become more prevalent!?!?!

Slash_out
Slash_out

@shani_boy101 Indeed, thanks for telling me :).

vampyre1985
vampyre1985

@Autolycus Yes im sure that Valve did absolutely no market research into mac owners before rolling this out. I'm just curious what is your sample size that you took your stats from? "Most Mac owners"? sounds like a great statistic. Where did you study?

davidkamayor
davidkamayor

can we get a little love Mr. Valve for the PS3

Autolycus
Autolycus

PS I have a DUAL G4 and a QUAD G5 all PPC based, just like your PS3 and 360

Autolycus
Autolycus

intel only...ha ha ha. apparently nobody on valve has owned a mac. Most mac owners are still running their g3, g4 or even a g5 because they septn so much money on it and 3 months later something a million times better came out. 10.6 requires an intel based mac. My guess is, thats maybe 10% of the owners and i know I wont ever be one.

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

Valve always rocks, all their games are solid like counter strike :D

mrbrainheart
mrbrainheart

I was thinking of buying this for some time, now i'm like really GLaD I waited just a little longer!

TechDubDoob
TechDubDoob

Nice move by Valve. Free will always be free!

melty3219
melty3219

I payed for Portal and I don't regret it, but getting it for free is awesome!

fillup0
fillup0

I don't think gaming will catch on for macs even though alot of people have them. Everyone who buys macs will not buy them for PC, but I could see it making money if all the games are very scalable.

studerlevik
studerlevik

I am throwing out the B$ flag because I installed it on my 10.5.8 version and it plays just fine, whether or not it is supported is another question.

AnakinSW
AnakinSW

Say what you will about Episode 3... Valve continues to move in the right direction and do things like this that they really don't have to. I owned Portal since it came out in the Orange Box but 2 friends now are able to enjoy it. Kudos to Gabe and Co.!

fkbwii
fkbwii

It's free for EVERYONE :D

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

@Slash_out there's a nice little surprise waiting for you on Steam PC.

grgolj_blaster
grgolj_blaster

See, this is why Valve is so great. Not only they make excellent games, but with moves like this they show that they actually care for player base. Most awesome part of this Portal deal is that the game stays on your profile as if you bought it (both PC and Mac version). Now there is absolutely no reason not to try Portal (if there is actually anyone who hasn't played the game).

Night1107
Night1107

This is great! The more people joining the Steam community the better for everyone using it.

EYE0NE
EYE0NE

Valve is one of the best and nicest developers out there.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

this is nice to see

Barry_Okanagan
Barry_Okanagan

@ Slash_out It's Also free for PC users! STEAM FTW!

J0nGalt
J0nGalt

So this is why steam told me to "Pray to Steve Jobs and Al Gore" instead of entering a password yesterday? It took me 3 hours to work up a smug and self righteous enough attitude before the logon screen would permit me to pass. And then it made me say global warming isn't just a Liberal environment worshipping religion just to torment me. And all I wanted to use was the voice chat! http://www.apple.com/pr/bios/bod.html

Slash_out
Slash_out

Geez, how about giving away Portal for windows user as well? :p. Should I load my steam account on a MAC to get it free?

Quadster
Quadster

"The Cake is a lie" "There really was a cake"

lendrahcir
lendrahcir

For the love of god people, this isn't about Mac vs Windows, it's simple about the greatness of Steam. I really hope this will give a boost to PC gaming in general. Consoles are gonna take over if stuff like this doesn't happen.

Artiau
Artiau

Also free on PC.

Coheeds_Avatar
Coheeds_Avatar

I saw this when I logged into Steam today and got really excited. I hadn't played Portal since I got the Orange Box back when it was first released for the 360, so it was a great way to revisit such a creative and witty game. And as a journalistic note, as of the writing of this comment, the last paragraph had "also" in every one of its sentences, and the third paragraph starts with "Mac for Steam," really careless mistakes that a couple minutes of proofreading could have remedied. It really just gives the impression that as a journalist, you don't care about your work.

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

@Shawn45: You probably already noticed, but it's free for PC users, too. Plenty of time left to pick it up.

amkalfus
amkalfus

can't wait to try steam out. way excited!

kakarote22
kakarote22

This is free for everyone not just mac users... just got my free PC copy

Shawn45
Shawn45

FOR FREE?!?!?! QQ, I want an awesome game for Free on the PC version of Steam please!

PoindeJ
PoindeJ

Valve, you rock. Downloading this RIGHT now. (Come on Steam, update already! You can do it!) Oh, and Steam's cool too. First-time user here.

badtaker
badtaker

now innovative FPS for free Valve is awesome = fact CSS update FTW

TheArchNemesis
TheArchNemesis

/Gelugon_baat/ is so right. Listen to this man, he speaks the truth, I hate Macs but this is definitely a good move for the industry's sake.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

nice, steam is awesome, I downloaded x-com on it and love it

F3l1P3
F3l1P3

perfect! downloading! :P

selbie
selbie

Nice one Valve. This could bring Macs into the mainstream for gaming. Not that I'll ever use a mac, but the more gamers the merrier I say :P

Dante2710
Dante2710

Illumination77@ The game gets registered to your account on Steam after you download it, this is no the case with trial games on steam or free weekend deals.

jogert
jogert

yai! more power to the computer players. hopefully this will help encourage more game producers to make computer games then console ports.