Half-Life developer to support Apple's OS with Steam, back catalog next month.
Valve put its weight behind Apple's OS X last month, announcing that it would begin supporting the Mac operating system with its digital distribution service Steam as well as its own library of games by April. Today, the Bellevue, Washington-based developer revealed a slight delay for Mac integration, saying Mac users will be able to access goods on Steam beginning May 12.
Once Mac integration goes live, Mac users will gain access to the Valve catalog, which includes the Half-Life and Left 4 Dead series, as well as Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, and Portal. Valve's first new game to feature Mac support will be Portal 2 when it launches this holiday. The full-length, stand-alone title will include both single- and multiplayer modes in addition to other new features.
Additionally, Valve has 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. Further, Valve intends to release game updates for Windows and Mac editions simultaneously. In fact, Mac and Windows users will intermingle in online matches, playing and communicating on the same servers and in the same game lobbies.
Absolutely awesome. Now I don't have to run to my PC just to catch a break from work (on my Mac). I hope more developers get interested in alternate platforms.
Go Valve!!! I hope they can do this on Linux too. Steam is a great product. I reimaged my computer recently. Downloaded Steam, logged in and was able to download all my games again. AAA Product. I also hope we can see steam on Cell Phones some day.
@benboz The problem I see is the limited hardware options. Would be nice if Apple could offer a little more to choose from like graphic cards and midi tower desktops.
@melty3219 Video editing, graphic design, music/audio production and it doesn't end there... No software, eh? http://www.macupdate.com/ Also check out this from Apogee: http://news.apogeedigital.com/index.php/press-releases/43-press-releases/103-apogee-discontinues-windows-development ?Apogee Electronics Corporation is a leading manufacturer of digital audio hardware systems and related accessories for audio professionals and musicians around the world.? You obviously don't have a clue about the Mac and its capabilities. Mac OS X is comparable to any other major OS in the world.
mjc0961 Ahahahaaaa! It's 2010 and people still argue about the Mac only having a one button mouse!? Just shows your ignorance. Also, why would I have to use the mouse that came with the Mac any more than I would have to use the mouse that came with a - let's say - Dell computer? People are really strange when they compare things that comes from Apple. They are treated like they're just another Dell or HP even though they in many ways are unique in that they make both the computer, and the OS for it.
@Dynamo11 The graphic card aspect you mention when it come to Macs is absolutely a valid point and I think Apple should offer more options when it comes to this, but there's still enough power to be able to enjoy quite a few games on Macs.
Actually, Macs are indeed comparable to PCs, it's quite logical really: if they were not comparable, the argument and one of the companies would have died out long ago.
Here we go with "Macs are as good as PCs now" No they aren't because no Mac can be upgraded to have top of the range GPU and or CPUs
Macs are the worst OS ever! why the hell would anyone pay 3x as much as what people pay for Windows for a crappy OS with no users and no software and which can only do video editing right?
what are the system requirements. I am never giving up my 2.5 GHZ 64bit POWER5 QUAD Processor powerhouse to run intel anything...
I am like WOW!! Some news about Episode 3 and boom i get this..... Damn you valve you better tell when EP 3 is releasing before gamers lose interest in Half Life. And yeah you better make Half Life 3 too pls. Miss Half Life on the PC a lot these days..... :((
@ Un_Ordinateur: The problem with buying that new Camaro as opposed to the 2002 model are the various barriers to entry; the largest of them being price. The homogenization of Macs with the PC market, via bootcamp, hardware similarities, and smaller initiatives like Valve's, are having the positive effect of bringing in more software compatibility and more user interest, but also eroding any reason to choose Mac over PC. If you have two similar products, price is going to decide the balance. The good news is that Apple products seem to be following this trend towards the center in that their PC items are dropping in price to compete. They have a ways to go, but they're getting there.
Being someone who uses both macs and PCs, I like that Valve is releasing Steam onto macs. Of course, it does seem a little unnecessary, as anyone who wants to play games on macs could just use bootcamp. But I applaud Valve for this. Now, Apple just needs to start lowering prices and releasing more powerful machines, and we're set. Can't wait to plat Portal 2 on my Imac; Of course, most people who exclusively use macs (and correct me if I'm generalizing) don't generally spend time gaming, otherwise they would be using PCs. I mean, it's like installing an Ipod jack into 2002 Camaro, when a better option would to simply get a newer model that already has one built in... And for cheaper. Does anyone get what I'm saying?
"In fact, Mac and Windows users will intermingle in online matches, playing and communicating on the same servers and in the same game lobbies. " ...I only just read this. This is definitely a FTW moment. I love the idea of cross-platforming games, it makes for innovation and creative progression. Good for them.
@Pete5506 I have been running STEAM since buying Orange Box and purchased L4D and L4D2 and other games, I have not had any problems that ruined my experience.
@notscott: From what I've read, if you already own a copy of the game for PC you will also have access to the mac version. Apparently Valve releases from here on out are going to be hybrid PC/MAC, a la Blizzard.
I wonder if I'll have to re-purchase my games for each platform or if buying/leasing a title is just that (platform agnostic) just as long as my account it not being used twice at the same time???
I have been running a Macbook Pro and a Macbook for just over a year now, and I really enjoy them. I'll still use my PC for gaming, but it'll be nice to have options through STEAM on the Mac from now on. I enjoy my casual gaming on the Mac and my hardcore gaming on my nvidia 280 box, so this will definitely be a great thing for me. :)
@Smarty12 While Valve will be a new company going into the world of the Mac, Blizzard has always been in both camps. Idk if you ever read the requirements on the boxes to blizzard titles....but it definitely has requirements for BOTH platforms.....just an fyi. Aspyr Has been doing a good job bringing games like Halo and the CoD series into the mac platform along with a multitude of EA products. - A proud PC AND MAC owner
I never had problems since I've always had a PC, but if this can bring Mac users into the world of gaming through the masterpieces of both Blizzard and as of now Valve then I'm all for it.
Macs have always had very limited options when it comes to gaming... at least they will have another option now other than Blizzard.
@mjc0961: You do realize the new Apple mice have two "buttons" right? They're touch-sensitive, so they have an "invisible" scroll wheel and two "invisible" buttons. Hence, right click and left click now work beautifully.
finally!!! my flat mate has a kick ass mac pro but bugger all games with which to flaunt his ridiculously good graphics cards with (its a 3000 euro workhorse), .Always joked that my humble packard bell laptop ran better games. I always thought it was a real waste. bootcamp, vmfusionware et al just dont deliver the real performance levels that its capable of.....I think its a great idea and only wonder why it wasnt implemented sooner
@mjc0961: WTF man! You're actually talking fanboyish over this?!?! How low can one sink? You have a windows based machine, good for you little boy. But what does it matter to you that a company decides to offer a service to another type of machine as well? JEEZ, get a life!
@ chikahiro94 Uhm I'm talking hardware wise. I thought Linux was software (which can actually be installed on a PC) and a MAC is a hardware based machine running Apple software (MAC OSX)? Anyways, I'm sure most of us here will agree the opposite of a MAC is a PC. I mean, even the commercials portray it pretty well.
oh man, that'd be fantastic, pc and mac in that same games online. it'd really help online communities and games to stay alive longer
@gamer082009 The opposite of Mac is Linux. Windows is in between the two. Mac is totally controlled by Apple, super polished but limited on hardware. Linux is controlled by nobody, is the least polished of major OS's, but supports tons of hardware. Windows is controlled by Microsoft but kept in check by the FTC and EU, is very well polished and has the best hardware/software support. And I love this generation; what you're playing on is mattering less and less - you've got good gaming options pretty much no matter what. Truly, more than any other generation, its ALL about the games instead of the platform. edit: Note - I've been using Macs professionally for nearly 10 years, and Windows for home use longer than that. I love both, but for different reasons. And my Windows PCs have been just as reliable as my Macs.
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