Rumor: Steam Headed to OS X
Valve’s Steam application is a digital distribution, multiplayer and communications platform widely used throughout the Windows gaming community. With over 1,000 games available, Steam has already surpassed over 25 million active user accounts. Unfortunately, however, those 25 million active user accounts are primarily Windows users as the application has yet to migrate to other well-known operating systems like Mac OS X and Linux. All that, though, might change.
A user in the Steam User’s Forums has posted an image of the well-recognized OS X UI graphics inside the Steam installation directory. It doesn’t end there, though. Along with the graphics, an ‘osx.menu’ file – located inside the ~Steam\resource\Menus folder – was also located which contains definitions matching standard OS X menus. From a more sensible standpoint, it would be an impossibility to port over all those games to Apple’s OS, as the majority of them run on Microsoft’s DirectX API – which doesn’t run natively on OS X. Unless Valve has something under their belt along the lines of tedious rewrites in OpenGL, it’s pretty difficult to grasp how they can achieve this if these rumors prove to be fact. One can always assume that some form of emulation engine (such as Cider/Cedega) can be plausible in this instance; but with the increasing library of Mac supported games, we can definitely see why Valve might be willing to cater their Steam application to the Apple crowd.
But take this with a grain of salt, folks. It’s not written in stone that this will definitely happen. We will do our very best to get to the bottom of this and will continuously update you guys with any developing news.