Steam for Mac launch details revealed

Apple Online StoreValve announced that Steam will launch on the Mac OS X platform on Wednesday, May 12.

On subsequent Wednesdays, additional collections of Mac titles will become available, each designed to highlight specific functionalities of Steam on the Mac.

The first collection of Mac titles will demonstrate “Steam Play,” which allows customers to purchase a game once and play it on all Steam supported platforms. Gamers who have previously purchased games on Steam will find them available in their account on the Mac as they are released.

Portal, in addition to supporting Steam Play, will be the first of Valve’s Source engine based games available on the Mac. Native Mac OS X support for the Source engine is also available immediately to licensees for use in their games.

Among the initial titles available on Wednesday will be Runic Games’ critically acclaimed Torchlight “We’re very excited to be bringing Torchlight to the Mac,” said Max Schaefer, co-founder of Runic Games, in the press release. “Having Steam for the Mac solves so many problems for us as a developer. We look forward to our future games coming out on the Mac as well.”

In addition to bringing the online functionality of Steam to the Mac, Valve will also make its Steamworks suite of publishing and development tools available on the Mac platform. These 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.

More information on Steam here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Leigh R.” for the heads up.]

22 Comments

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  2. “Question: Will people playing these games on their Mac be able to play in the same game as those playing on a Windows machine? I have found that to be extremely fun, being an old D&Der;. My friends from out of state and I play Neverwinter Nights and Diablo II together, but there isn’t much else out that that’s cross-platform”

    I believe I read somewhere that it online play be will be cross-platform for macs and PC’s, which is great for playing online as there will already be an established community form day one.

    What else will be great about having steam for mac will be the available map/game mods that come with a pc game. I have been a mac user and a gamer for a long time, but only through consoles. Console gaming’s biggest drawback is that there is no great way to play modded maps, leaving games like the Team Fortress 2 port for PS3 with a scanty 5 maps to play.

  3. I don’t have the time to play games as I did a few years ago but I went to their website and frankly I only got half way through their action collection and I was quite impressed. I won’t be buying a lot of their games but there a couple which really caught my attention. Also, it’s another selling point to convert windows’ users over to macs

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