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Valve Confirms Steam on Mac Release Date

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Valve Confirms Steam on Mac Release Date

While contention and antitrust threats rage over Apple's App Store policies one thing it has done is re-energise the Cupertino-based company's passion for gaming. And this should help even more...

Following its formal confirmation last month that Steam is being launched on Macs, developer Valve has wasted no time in revealing it will launch on 12 May - just eight days time. The Mac OS X Steam client has been in private beta testing up until now, so clearly things have been going well.

A new record-short press release from the company simply said: "Valve today announced the public release of Steam for the Mac is May 12. Please stay tuned for more information." Well it's to the point.

Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal and the Half-Life series are all expected to be ready in time for the service's launch and given the relatively light hardware requirements of all these titles Macs' lack of high end gaming cards shouldn't prove problematic. That said can we expect Apple to now launch dedicated Mac gaming machines? If Valve can help games take off on Mac OS X like apps have for iPhone OS then it seems inevitable.

So Valve, now you've got this out the way can we please have Half Life 2 Episode 3 already?!


Via CNet

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Rich 42c5

May 4, 2010, 9:01 pm




May 4, 2010, 9:11 pm

Good grief I've been waiting for episode 3 for years!!! when will it ever arrive!


May 4, 2010, 9:20 pm



May 4, 2010, 9:23 pm

Oh Steam, how you further hinder the rebuild of my gaming PC *strokes Mac*


May 4, 2010, 10:17 pm

ROFL @ Gordon's Episode 3 wish... they've not exactly got the hang of this episodic thing have they? I mean it sounds a bit ridiculous calling it an episode now...

Oh hey, I just noticed, that makes it 2 Gordon's present in that article :D... sort of... indirectly... 'cos, you know, Half-Life has... oh, never mind...

Tarik Bos

May 4, 2010, 10:51 pm

they haven't answered any of my 68 mails/letters regarding episode 3 so i doubt they're going to respond to this. sadly


May 5, 2010, 1:51 am

They are spending a lot of time doing ANYTHING other than finishing episode 3. It better be something special to close the chapter off,


May 5, 2010, 1:58 am

Fingers crossed for the rumoured Linux version too.


May 5, 2010, 2:16 am

My Snow Leopard DVD comes in five days. Then I will convert my PC into a hackintosh, and upon it I will install the new Steam beta, and play Half-life and TF2 - if all goes well. And, finally I'll own a Mac with a decent graphics car and processor.


May 5, 2010, 3:57 am

@Pbryanw: I can understand someone wanting to use OSX over Windows, but why turn a PC into a Hackintosh to run Steam? No matter how good a job they've done, it's still a beta and running these games on a PC is surely going to be a better experience.


May 5, 2010, 4:05 am

Well on topic, good for you mac users, hope to see you online in L4D2 the game is a blast (if you haven't played before) about time Macs got some new games.


May 5, 2010, 5:43 am

@HK - No, not just to use Steam (sorry for not making it clear), but call it an added bonus. When I finally convert my PC to dual Boot OS X, I won't have to reboot back into Windows to play (some of) my Steam games.

Actually quite excited about it, as I still have a clone of my previous mac's hard-drive, so I can import all my old apps into the new installation. I don't expect it will go 100% smoothly, but it will be fun to have Snow Leopard again, even if in a slightly hacked state.


May 5, 2010, 2:17 pm

I just hope this starts to lead to games being made for multi platforms.

I wouldn't be on windows if i could run Ubuntu full time :(


May 5, 2010, 4:22 pm

I'm also waiting for the Linux version to arrive.


May 5, 2010, 6:38 pm

"I just hope this starts to lead to games being made for multi platforms."

Call of Duty 10, releasing on PS4, XBOX720, Wii3, DSiXXL, PC and MAC

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