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02-27-2010, 12:05 PM #1
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
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 02-27-2010 at 12:09 PM. Reason: cleaning up title
02-27-2010, 12:19 PM #2
02-27-2010, 12:48 PM #3
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.
02-27-2010, 12:53 PM #4
why bother with this junk? just run boot camp, and run win 7. there's no need for a knock off whateverthefuckitis.
02-27-2010, 12:57 PM #5
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...
02-27-2010, 01:03 PM #6
Read about this a week ago.
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
02-27-2010, 01:19 PM #7
02-27-2010, 01:46 PM #8
about time! Linux FTW
02-27-2010, 02:13 PM #9
02-27-2010, 03:20 PM #10
02-27-2010, 03:57 PM #11
i hope this works...im dying to get steam onto my mac
02-27-2010, 10:29 PM #12Maybe there is a lot of mac users on steam?
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.
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02-27-2010, 10:33 PM #13
02-28-2010, 07:27 AM #14
02-28-2010, 02:56 PM #15
I know there was talks of porting their source engine, but I don't think that got very far in terms of development.
02-28-2010, 04:56 PM #16
03-03-2010, 03:34 PM #17
Im not a computer gamer at all, but Steam is definitely coming to Mac.
03-03-2010, 06:10 PM #18
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.
03-04-2010, 05:48 PM #19
There are at least 6 teasers.
Mac Ad Turrets
Mac OSX Steam Tease
Alex vs. Breen
Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!