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Steam finally comes to OS X

Mac gamers who want to beef up their meager gaming library can rejoice now that the much talked about Steam client is available for OS X.

"Steam has been a service exclusively for PC users since we launched it in 2004. For the first time we and our partners are bringing it to another platform," said the Valve team on the company blog. "It's been a ton of work, but the Mac is great for the same reason the PC is great - they are both open systems that let gamers and game developers be as close as possible."

There are currently 57 games available to purchase and download for gamers using the Steam client for OS X.

Gamers will be able to play purchase a game once and play it on both Windows and OS X platforms. In addition, thanks to Steam Play, a game can be started on a PC and finished on a Mac or vice versa during any part of the single-player game experience.

In celebration of the Steam client being made available for OS X, Valve is making Portal available for free until May 24. "Like we keep saying, Portal is free. Free on the Mac," Valve explains. "Free on the PC. But only until May 24th. So you only have a few days to decide if your free copy of Portal is worth the price we're currently charging."

You can download the OS X Steam client directly right here.

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By Spivonious on 5/12/2010 3:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
How is Steam doing this? Do OSX users get a Windows emulator?

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By elFarto on 5/12/2010 4:05:18 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, Valve ported the Steam and the Source engine (used by Half-Life 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2 to name a few) to OpenGL/MacOS. It's a completely native game, not emulated in any way.


RE: Question
By Spivonious on 5/14/2010 10:16:37 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, so it's just the Source-based games then?

RE: Question
By UNHchabo on 5/12/2010 4:07:49 PM , Rating: 2
Valve ported the Source engine to OpenGL, allowing them to make a native executable for OSX.

My jaw dropped when I saw this announcement. I can't believe they're giving it away! :)

RE: Question
By dani31 on 5/12/10, Rating: -1
RE: Question
By Flunk on 5/12/2010 4:59:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's quite unlikely, DirectX still has a lot of features that OpenGL lacks and the standard seems to be moving ahead faster than OpenGL. You can't catch up by running slower.

It's nice to see more games on the Mac though, even though I don't own one.

RE: Question
By croc on 5/13/2010 1:03:55 AM , Rating: 2
"You can't catch up by running slower."

Unless you are an Australian speed skater...

RE: Question
By freeagle on 5/13/2010 7:08:15 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Question
By Smilin on 5/12/2010 6:05:42 PM , Rating: 3
Nothanks. I'll take the dictatorship.

It's a great API, easy to develop for and widely supported. It's done a great deal for gaming both for software developers and card manufacturers.

I don't mind a king as long as the land lives in peace and prosperity.

RE: Question
By Gul Westfale on 5/12/2010 9:52:01 PM , Rating: 2
now valve just needs to wait for macs with graphics cards that can actually play games developed after 2004...

RE: Question
By damianrobertjones on 5/13/2010 3:27:43 AM , Rating: 2
How is it a dictatorship? How is ensuring that all pc game developers code for one central resource? Would you prefer the dos days or Windows 95 days when everyone was all over the place? Is anyone MAKING devs code just for Direct X on Windows and not openGL?

Can you not see the advantages of DX?

RE: Question
By sebmel on 5/13/2010 1:42:17 PM , Rating: 2
You don't appear to understand the benefits of competition and the risks of monopolies.

If there is only one platform than the owner of that platform can get lazy and overprice.

You are right that competition causes more work but that work forces the tech industry to align it's direction more with the interests of customers as it competes for them.

RE: Question
By Spivonious on 5/14/2010 10:15:41 AM , Rating: 2
DirectX is completely free to develop with and distribute.

RE: Question
By callmeroy on 5/13/2010 1:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
i missed the memo why is DirectX evil again?

On a more serious note, i've never had issues with Direct X - to be honest I kind of like it.

As a pretty frequent gamer I've never had problems with Direct X...of course I liked OpenGL as well... :)

RE: Question
By MeesterNid on 5/12/2010 4:46:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's only free till May 24-th...Portal that is.

RE: Question
By SaltBoy on 5/12/2010 4:15:01 PM , Rating: 5
I'm so GLaD OSx is getting Steam!

RE: Question
By Proxes on 5/12/2010 4:18:16 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah pretty sweet. Mac users get another chat client since they don't have any games they can play.

RE: Question
By Etsp on 5/12/2010 4:29:38 PM , Rating: 2
I see what you did there...

Porting Source to OpenGL...For Steam, this was a triumph.

Hopefully, someone will get this version running on Linux soon.

RE: Question
By SaltBoy on 5/12/2010 4:32:24 PM , Rating: 2
The cake is a lie!

RE: Question
By ClownPuncher on 5/12/2010 4:35:35 PM , Rating: 2
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