That’s right folks, the leading online game distribution service on the PC just got a lot more flexible. Valve software Steam and Source are heading to the Mac platform this April. Once labelled the most convienent PC gaming software, will now share the same task along side a Mac. To go with this monumental announcement for Mac users, the supported list of games that will be available in April are; Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series. And best news of all, through “Steam Play” if you purchased the game through PC you’ll be able to play it on your Mac for FREE.
“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.”
Joining the list of games as well as simultaneous releases on both the PC and Mac will be Portal 2. President of Valve, Gabe Newell said “As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients. The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services.”
The leading online service for games and digital entertainment, Steam delivers new releases and online services to over 25 million gamers around the world. For more information, please visit www.steampowered.com
The Steamworks suite of publishing and development tools include product key authentication, copy protection, auto-updating, social networking, matchmaking, anti-cheat technology, and more. The features and services available in Steamworks are offered free of charge and may be used for both electronic and tangible versions of games. For more information, please visit www.steampowered.com/steamworks