Feeds

Steam rushes from Valve onto Macs

Hot cross platform game play

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

The online gaming megaservice and gamers' community Steam has introduced Mac support, as it promised on Tuesday.

The eponymous - and free - access app is now available for download from the Steam website. That's the good news. The bad news is that owners of older Macs need not apply. Steam will launch only on Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.

Wednesday's release is a bit sparse, with only 64 titles offered - the larger Steam universe includes over 1,100 games - but Valve has promised to continue adding titles "each Wednesday for the next few weeks."

Steam screenshot

There's a new tab in the Steam interface - and it has an apple on it

Today's featured Mac games on Steam all conform to the Steam Play feature, which allows the same purchase to be played on either a Mac or PC.

Among them are Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization, Sports Interactive's Football Manager 2010 (Note: That's football, not football - Ed.), and Runic Games' Torchlight. "Having Steam for the Mac solves so many problems for us as a developer," said Runic Games' co-founder Max Schaefer in a canned statement. "We look forward to our future games coming out on the Mac as well."

Steam's developer, Valve, first announced that Steam was coming to the Mac playform back in March of this year. At that time, Valve's biz-dev head Jason Holtman said: "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."

Steam screenshot

While shopping in Steam, you can view game videos

At that time, John Cook, Steam's director of development, added: "We are treating the Mac as a tier-1 platform so all of our future games will release simultaneously on Windows, Mac, and the Xbox 360." ®

Bootnote

Valve released Steam for the Mac at around 1pm Pacific time on Wednesday. We downloaded it just mere minutes later. After installing it - a simple drag-and-drop task - we launched the app, only to be told that a 33MB update was already available. For a 10-minute-old app.

Steam update message

Delayed gratification

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.