Mac gamers, your days of feeling left out may be over. Valve has announced that Steam, its digital distribution center, and its proprietary Source game engine will now be compatible with Mac. Been a long time huh? Mac gamers will now be able to get their hands on the likes of the Half-Life and Left 4 Dead series, as well as Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, and Portal starting in April.
“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,” explain Valve’s director of business development Jason Holtman. “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.”
And the best news for Mac gamers is that the first new game that will be available for the Mac Platform will be Portal 2, the sequel to the mega hit The Orange Box. Portal 2 has already been announced for the Xbox 360 and PC. Valve has also announced the PC and Mac versions will be produced in tandem, so Mac gamers will know they are getting the same treatment.
If that isn’t enough, future releases will include versions for all 3 platforms, which will include both PC and Mac users being able to communicate in on-line games and lobbies. Plus, both platforms will be playing on the same servers. Valve is working overtime to bring gamers together, stay tuned.