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  • Valve Working on Mac Version of Steam?


    Steam is a digital distribution system for games on Windows/Intel-based PCs - what MacRumors refers to as "essentially a PC game App Store." Buzz has been spreading on the Web that Valve, developers of the system,which calls itself "the nexus of PC gaming," may be working on a Mac OS client. Intriguing hints were found of Mac OS X interface elements in the source code of the client's beta release, and the company is apparently searching for Linux and Mac engineers.

    The public beta of the new Steam client was released on Tuesday to deal with the 200% growth in the userbase: 25 million users that log 12 billion player minutes in online games per month, and 75 billion minutes per month of Steam client acces. None of these minutes took place on a Mac, despite the fact that games developers like EA, id Software, PopCap, and Take-Two Interactive have titles on Steam. The presence of a Steam channel for delivery of games may provide more motivation for developers to work on Mac OS titles, though Valve says its own efforts to work with Apple have been unrewarding. In a 2007 interview with AppleInsider, Steam's co-founder Gabe Newell said "We have this pattern with Apple where we meet with them, people there go 'wow, gaming is incredibly important, we should do something with gaming. And then we'll say, 'OK, here are three things you could do to make that better,' and then they say OK, and then we never see them again."

    An alert public beta participant [ame="http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1157656"]posted screenshots to the Steam user forums of Mac OS X-like interface components[/ame] - including versions of the maximize, minimize and close "traffic light" icons - in the source code of the beta. Some viewers are unconvinced, saying these could just be elements for a Mac OS X theme of the site. However, a note on Valve developer Chris Green's LinkedIn profile indicated that the company is "REALLY looking" for Mac engineers.

    Valve's latest update also switches for the first time from Microsoft's Trident rendering engine used in Internet Explorer to the open-source WebKit engine Apple uses for its Safari browser.

    image via warriorlax5506 in the Steam User Forums
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Valve Working on Mac Version of Steam? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. tgabriel123's Avatar
      tgabriel123 -
      interesting..
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      UNFORTUNATELY, those buttons are part of the OS and can be included into any program, they don't need to be dropped into the app like that.

      I am calling BS.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      why bother with this junk? just run boot camp, and run win 7. there's no need for a knock off whateverthefuckitis.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      i so hope they are! i was going to bootcamp, but if they are going to bring it to mac, then why would i want to have to restart my computer every time i want to use steam. i really hope that this is true and it is coming soon...
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Read about this a week ago.

      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      This will be awesome if they pull it off. The world of gaming on a Mac will be completely opened up using Steam. I wonder how they'll get all the Windows games to work on OSX though. Possibly virtualization?
      I would assume they'll just be selling Mac games through Steam, not making all the games on Steam work on macs. You make it sound that they'll just flip a switch and all the games currently on Steam will work on macs

      Developers need to delivery more games to Mac users. EA are kinda doing it, but even their "native" games are using Cider, and dont run nearly as well as their Windows counterparts
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      Sounds pretty useless then. I can probably count all the Mac games out there on one hand.
      Yup, and when they do come out its months after the windows release. If anyone wants to play games on their mac, use bootcamp.
    1. Nukinfuts's Avatar
      Nukinfuts -
      about time! Linux FTW
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Yup, and when they do come out its months after the windows release. If anyone wants to play games on their mac, use bootcamp.
      I'll install the mac version of steam for the chat functions alone.
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      I'll install the mac version of steam for the chat functions alone.
      agreed
    1. ESG23's Avatar
      ESG23 -
      i hope this works...im dying to get steam onto my mac
    1. draemn's Avatar
      draemn -
      If you send information about your system to steam, often it will tell steam support that you are using boot camp on a mac (I sent in a request for support for a game that was crashing lots and they sent one back saying "We don't support macs, not even macs running boot camp D.

      I don't know, maybe there are a lot of mac users running steam via boot camp and they know enough numbers to say "we can make a very good buck here."

      Yeah, it will be a small game store for a while (in terms of full version games, I bet lots of 'bejewelled' size games will make it on), but they should be able to grow the market pretty fast. Yeah, it seems that Blizzard (who doesn't release enough games to really count) is the only large company to release fully native mac versions at the same time as the windows version.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      This will be awesome if they pull it off. The world of gaming on a Mac will be completely opened up using Steam. I wonder how they'll get all the Windows games to work on OSX though. Possibly virtualization?
      just bootcamp
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      I'll install the mac version of steam for the chat functions alone.
      True.

      I wonder how they'll run all the Valve-developed games. Now, I can stop using CrossOver once this is out.
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      I know there was talks of porting their source engine, but I don't think that got very far in terms of development.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Yup, and when they do come out its months after the windows release. If anyone wants to play games on their mac, use bootcamp.
      Months?? Try years, and even then they are a ****** port of a great game.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Im not a computer gamer at all, but Steam is definitely coming to Mac.

    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Yea they posted a few teaser images that are just like the mac ads. I would love for them to move this way. Maybe it will move others over. Blizzard is on that already has full support for both for many years but another distributer would be very nice.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      There are at least 6 teasers.

      iGordon


      Mac Ad Turrets


      Heavy Sandvich


      Francis


      Mac OSX Steam Tease


      Alex vs. Breen