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Valve launches Steam for Mac

Valve launches Steam for Mac

Valve is giving Portal away for free to help attract interest in Steam for the Mac.

Valve has finally released the full version of Steam for the Mac, unveiling a new Steam Play functionality that marks compatible games as playable on both PC and Mac platforms, though you only need buy them once.

To help show off the possibilities of Steam Play and the Mac as a games platform Valve is also giving away brilliant puzzle game Portal for free until May 24th. Check out our Portal review for more information.

Valve has also announced the initial list of Steam Play titles that will be available for both PC and Mac users, which you can see below. If you already own these games for PC then you'll be able to play them on a Mac now too. Valve will be announcing a new batch of Steam Play releases every Wednesday.

"The Mac is a great platform for developers," said Gabe Newell, president of Valve. "And it's also great that we now have the ability to connect with Mac gamers via Steam. This is the beginning of a groundswell of games coming out for and fully utilizing the openness and power of the Mac."

Let us know your thoughts in the forums and be sure to check out the full list of Steam Play titles below.

And Yet It Moves
Atlantis Sky Patrol
Bejeweled 2 Deluxe
Bob Came in Pieces
Bookworm Deluxe
Braid
Brainpipe
Chocolatier: Decadence by Design
Chuzzle Deluxe
City of Heroes: Architect Edition
Civilization IV: The Complete Edition
Cooking Dash
Diaper Dash
The Dig
Diner Dash: Hometown Hero
DinerTown Detective Agency
DinerTown Tycoon
Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child
Escape Rosecliff Island
Fairway Solitaire
Fitness Dash
Football Manager 10
Galcon Fusion
Gemini Lost
Guns of Icarus
Hotel Dash Suite Success
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
KrissX
Loom
Luxor
Luxor 3
Luxor: Mahjong
Machinarium
Mahjong Roadshow
Max and the Magic Marker
My Tribe
The Nightshift Code
Nightshift Legacy: The Jaguar's Eye
Parking Dash
Peggle Deluxe
Peggle Nights
Portal
Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery
Quantz
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse
Tales of Monkey Island Season 1
Toki Tori
Torchlight
Trijinx: A Kristine Kross Mystery
Unwell Mel
Valarie Porter and the Scarlett Scandal
Wandering Willows
Wedding Dash 2: Rings Around the World
World of Goo
Zenerchi
Zuma Deluxe

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ffjason 13th May 2010, 12:39 Quote
You can get Killing Floor for Steam on Mac if you go on the Tripwire Forums they are looking for testers.
proxess 13th May 2010, 12:55 Quote
Other than Braid and Portal, I don't see anything interesting there.
mi1ez 13th May 2010, 12:59 Quote
If that's the full list, why aren't L4D2, HL2, TF2 etc. listed...
Baz 13th May 2010, 13:05 Quote
portal = source engine, so expect CS:S, HL2 and L4D series to arrive at some point as well.
blood69 13th May 2010, 13:07 Quote
makes me sick
wuyanxu 13th May 2010, 13:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
Other than Braid and Portal, I don't see anything interesting there.
Tales of Monkey Island? World of Goo? Peggle?

strange, my housemate has Plants vs Zombies on his Mac, yet it's not on Steam's list.


this is great news, Source engine soon. and if Killing Floor is also ported, then Unreal Engine 2.5 will also be on there, UT2004 :)

only thing im puzzled is how can Mac user play Portal with their single button mouse? even the latter mighty and magic mouse only have 1 button, to right click, left finger has to physically lift from the mouse.
faugusztin 13th May 2010, 13:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
If that's the full list, why aren't L4D2, HL2, TF2 etc. listed...

Because they don't have unlimited resources to convert all their games at once ? Those games listed are the ones you can buy and play NOW.
AshT 13th May 2010, 13:31 Quote
They are updating the Mac games list every Wednesday with new games apparently so expect TF2 next and then more every week.

Have to say my Mac Mini struggles with Portal ... looks like I'll be upgrading to something a bit meatier and chucking the Mini under my TV ;)
mi1ez 13th May 2010, 13:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by faugusztin
Quote:
Originally Posted by mi1ez
If that's the full list, why aren't L4D2, HL2, TF2 etc. listed...

Because they don't have unlimited resources to convert all their games at once ? Those games listed are the ones you can buy and play NOW.
I'm reading conflicting news.
Quote:
Initial Valve games available include Half Life 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and Team Fortress 2.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/steam-mac-valve-half-life-portal,news-33458.html
gavomatic57 13th May 2010, 13:50 Quote
Hidden inside this news - at least as far as the Telegraph are concerned, they also announced Linux support in the coming months. Clicky

As for the games list, it is being phased in - the games that are available are the ones that have already had the steam cloud treatment I believe. HL2 and the episodes aren't holding your save games in the cloud yet.

As for the mouse issue - use a different mouse. If you want to game on your mac, a £5 optical mouse from Asda will do fine!
smc8788 13th May 2010, 13:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by gavomatic57
If you want to game on your mac, a £5 optical mouse from Asda will do fine!

Yeah, like the typical Mac user is going to be seen dead using a bargain bin Asda mouse
alpaca 13th May 2010, 14:30 Quote
and why is the picture one of gordon freeman, and not of the sexy lady with the futuristic sandals and the portal gun?
mi1ez 13th May 2010, 14:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by alpaca
and why is the picture one of gordon freeman, and not of the sexy lady with the futuristic sandals and the portal gun?
Chell?
Sebbo 13th May 2010, 14:48 Quote
The list in the article is of the current Steam Play titles, that is, those that you only have to buy once to have access on both PC and Mac. Other games that are available (HL2, L4D2, TF2) you would currently have to purchase twice to play on both platforms.
As for nothing interesting, Civ4 Complete Ed sounds damn good
miester7 13th May 2010, 15:07 Quote
Ive just downloaded portal:) played it on 360 as part of orange box before. great original game!
Denis_iii 13th May 2010, 15:24 Quote
go Valve! this is what makes then great, if it was an Apple product you'd have to the same game twice. Once for PC and again for Mac ale iphone/ipad.
Now, if they were to drop the price on Core i macbook pro I'd pick one up.
Goty 13th May 2010, 15:46 Quote
Quote:
Get Portal for free!

It had BETTER be free for that performance and image quality!

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3726/quick-look-mac-os-x-portal-performance
Delphium 13th May 2010, 15:55 Quote
Id agree, this is great news for mac users, however I do feel that the hardware will be an unfortunate limitation due to the use of non gaming gfx cards often used in Mac's, least it adds a small boost running it native than compared to the likes of WINE.
Sleepstreamer 13th May 2010, 16:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by gavomatic57
Hidden inside this news - at least as far as the Telegraph are concerned, they also announced Linux support in the coming months.

Finally!
mi1ez 13th May 2010, 16:42 Quote
How many mac users do you think will have integrated graphics and will be highly confused that their little beauty can't do something as simple as play games?

Good find Goty.
Cei 13th May 2010, 16:53 Quote
Amazed at some of the ignorance on here...

Macs haven't shipped with single button mice for years. Apple switched to dual (or more) button mice with the Mighty Mouse, and the new Magic Mouse is again multi-button. Plus, all Macs running OS X will happily support non-Apple USB mice, so you can use whatever mouse you want.


Must agree that the performance is quite poor at the moment, but I expect it to improve over time.
Jamie 13th May 2010, 17:13 Quote
I think Valve will be rolling out their core games (HL, L4D, TF2) periodically so that they get as many sales as possible on the platform. If they launch with everything people are going to buy only the game they are most interested in. I think you'll see a mega hype every time they port one of their games to the mac to drum up lots of sales.
riggs 13th May 2010, 17:18 Quote
It's a step in the right direction but performance is pretty sucky at the moment. My MBP (2.4GHz C2D, 2GB RAM, 256MB 8600M GT) struggles a tad at recommended settings (1152x720, medium->high quality), yet the last PC laptop I bought 3 years ago used to be able to run it perfectly with all settings on high and maxed-out resolution (1920x1200).
Must be an OpenGL limitation methinks?
knuck 13th May 2010, 17:20 Quote
so... What happens when all the games are on Macs and PC ? This might never happen but, what IF it does ? What will we call PC gaming then ? Computer gaming ? That would be lame...
smc8788 13th May 2010, 17:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghys
so... What happens when all the games are on Macs and PC ? This might never happen but, what IF it does ? What will we call PC gaming then ? Computer gaming ? That would be lame...

Macs are still PCs aren't they?
FelixTech 13th May 2010, 17:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cei
Amazed at some of the ignorance on here...

Macs haven't shipped with single button mice for years. Apple switched to dual (or more) button mice with the Mighty Mouse, and the new Magic Mouse is again multi-button. Plus, all Macs running OS X will happily support non-Apple USB mice, so you can use whatever mouse you want.


Must agree that the performance is quite poor at the moment, but I expect it to improve over time.

Burn the Mac user! Burn them all!
wuyanxu 13th May 2010, 18:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cei
Amazed at some of the ignorance on here...

Macs haven't shipped with single button mice for years. Apple switched to dual (or more) button mice with the Mighty Mouse, and the new Magic Mouse is again multi-button. Plus, all Macs running OS X will happily support non-Apple USB mice, so you can use whatever mouse you want.


Must agree that the performance is quite poor at the moment, but I expect it to improve over time.
show me an Apple branded mouse with 2 clicking buttons inside.

"multi-button" are touch buttons, not real physical buttons. so to get the multi-button effect, when right clicking, left finger must physically lift from the mouse. i've used mighty mouse many times and it's really hard to use compared to my G5. same as magic mouse, touch surface, single button, lift left finger for right clicks.


ouch, the performance drop is really a shame, and most Mac users don't have good graphics cards. 9500GT, GT120 is considered very good, by looking at their Mac Pro lines. unless Apple brings out gaming Mac variants, Macs will never be a series gaming platform.
PureSilver 13th May 2010, 19:05 Quote
Who knows, maybe if this proves popular we'll see a corresponding boost in gaming hardware included in Mac products. I doubt it, at least in the short-mid term, and I reckon we'll see lots of indie 'little' (i.e., iPhone/iPad not FPS/RTS) games for the Mac - Peggle being a good example.
Pookie 13th May 2010, 19:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by blood69
makes me sick

+1
Sloth 13th May 2010, 20:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by PureSilver
Who knows, maybe if this proves popular we'll see a corresponding boost in gaming hardware included in Mac products. I doubt it, at least in the short-mid term, and I reckon we'll see lots of indie 'little' (i.e., iPhone/iPad not FPS/RTS) games for the Mac - Peggle being a good example.
Aside from just being what will run well, those seem to be the great little 'gateway' games that most Mac users will want. Then as their appetites grow they will learn the beauty of computer gaming! Macs having better hardware is a very good thing, it should drop prices, and Mac gamers are a good thing because they help show people that computers in general are very viable and enjoyable gaming platforms.

Though the current hardware/OpenGL limitations are a little saddening. I'm hesitant about getting my Mac using friends excited about playing TF2 together in the future because it's just not the same performance and I question if they'll really enjoy it to the fullest. And the peripherals are just terrible. The laptop style keys on the keyboard are generally not suitable for gaming and the mice... well, they'll never admit it but I've witnessed even long time Mac users seem to have troubles correctly making left vs. right clicks with the Magic Mouse.
Volund 13th May 2010, 20:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
Macs having better hardware is a very good thing, it should drop prices

doubt that.... any hardware upgrade you do on a mac now costs you through the nose, so why should they change a business plan that is already working? :(
Phil Rhodes 13th May 2010, 20:45 Quote
Bleh, steam.
Sloth 13th May 2010, 20:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Volund
doubt that.... any hardware upgrade you do on a mac now costs you through the nose, so why should they change a business plan that is already working? :(
The theory in my head works like this:

-Current low end hardware which is overpriced
-Mac users start wanting to game
-Apple finds need to add in higher end product line, prices end up so high that people would just buy from brands like Alienware
-Apple simply upgrades current Mac product line at current prices, lose some profit on each unit yet keep their current users and possibly gain some
-PC industry has option to lower prices even more and steal Mac gamers.

The slight problem I see is space/heat in an iMac. Throwing in a beefier GPU might not even be possible.
Jamie 13th May 2010, 22:26 Quote
That mouse takes me back 10 years, I remember using those at school.
Pieface 13th May 2010, 22:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wafflesomd
http://www.goopeg.com/img/ZsXg0uHn.jpg

Hardly, I completed Portal in under 2 hours on my Mac and never had one problem with my macbook trackpad.

1 Finger Click = Blue
2 Finger Click = Red Portal.

Never had any issues with it and was always responsive.
azrael- 13th May 2010, 22:56 Quote
I think that STEAM on the Mac (and eventually on Linux as well) is an all-around good thing (TM).

And yes, I also believe that if STEAM becomes a success on the Mac platform it will eventually pave the way for better graphics hardware on the Mac. Maybe not overnight, but eventually. I can see Apple having to invest some time to get their graphics drivers up to scratch as well, much to St. Steve's dismay.
Teq 13th May 2010, 23:36 Quote
I agree with Azrael here, Steam on MAC is a good thing, anything that helps bring some of those PC gamers who switched for a pretty silver/white box back to our community will be interesting :)
wuyanxu 13th May 2010, 23:44 Quote
another problem: how do you install source engine mods?

eg, i'd recommend Pieface Portal Prelude, but it only comes in an EXE installer format.
llamafur 14th May 2010, 00:10 Quote
Downloaded it on one of the macs at school. Five minutes later... lets see how that "super fast" mobile GPU runs portal
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NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
stonedsurd 14th May 2010, 00:18 Quote
Portal runs great on the 13" MBP (new one). I'm going to try it on the new 17-incher as well, whenever I get time.

EDIT: One good thing about the 13" MBP is that it doesn't suffer from thermal throttling, so the framerates don't randomly get choppy like they do on my Dell XPS 1530. $1000 Mac gaming better than a $1700 Dell :(
Saivert 14th May 2010, 01:01 Quote
so Dell uses crappy cooling solution. any other news for us?

also I enjoy this. Steam for Mac is a good thing although I'm a PC gamer at heart.
Goty 14th May 2010, 03:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by llamafur
Downloaded it on one of the macs at school. Five minutes later... lets see how that "super fast" mobile GPU runs portal

I've actually played Portal on the same GPU in my Dell lappy. It runs ok, but certainly not great. At 1440x900, I've got to turn most of the settings to medium/low to get smooth framerates. With the performance penalty that OSX seems to incur, I doubt it will be smooth at anything less than minimum image quality.
knuck 14th May 2010, 03:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by smc8788
Macs are still PCs aren't they?
tell that to them
docodine 14th May 2010, 07:27 Quote
Even after the performance drop, the game always stayed over 60fps in Anand's review.. It's the least fancy looking Source game, anything vaguely recent can run it.
sub routine 14th May 2010, 08:56 Quote
I got one of them 17" macbook pros but i`m not wanting to blow one of them up testing all the new games on it full whack for a marathon gaming tf2 ,css sessions. I did get it so it would be more work orientated and I wouldn`t be able to play games, now steams here though I know I wont be able to help having a blast.
Any chance Bit-tech can test out how a mac lappy handles a real gaming session?
Also anyone know a decent mac mouse available to use?
AshT 14th May 2010, 09:07 Quote
I'm using a Logitech MX518.
scrimple3D 14th May 2010, 09:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pieface
Quote:
Originally Posted by wafflesomd
http://www.goopeg.com/img/ZsXg0uHn.jpg

Hardly, I completed Portal in under 2 hours on my Mac and never had one problem with my macbook trackpad.

1 Finger Click = Blue
2 Finger Click = Red Portal.

Never had any issues with it and was always responsive.

Under two hours?? With a trackpad?? I think I'd struggle to complete it at all with a trackpad.
alastor 14th May 2010, 11:49 Quote
BDj1fYlwR00
LooseNeutral 14th May 2010, 12:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by sub routine
I got one of them 17" macbook pros but i`m not wanting to blow one of them up testing all the new games on it full whack for a marathon gaming tf2 ,css sessions. I did get it so it would be more work orientated and I wouldn`t be able to play games, now steams here though I know I wont be able to help having a blast.
Any chance Bit-tech can test out how a mac lappy handles a real gaming session?
Also anyone know a decent mac mouse available to use?
Razor's got a morrsle, I mean a mousel, it's a mobil rodent for mac. :)
azrael- 14th May 2010, 12:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by alastor
BDj1fYlwR00
Brilliant find! :)
sub routine 14th May 2010, 17:36 Quote
razor, meh.

I`m going to get one of those tracker mouse things and gesture me up a portal or 2 i think. Should be different
knuck 14th May 2010, 19:40 Quote
"cooperative portal initiative"

SWEET
smc8788 14th May 2010, 23:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghys
tell that to them

...or to Apple's marketing team
bobwya 15th May 2010, 01:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by gavomatic57
Hidden inside this news - at least as far as the Telegraph are concerned, they also announced Linux support in the coming months. Clicky

Yeh right on!!

Linux support is the real news - been waiting years for movement on that front. My Linux fanboiii flatmate will be stoked!!

A Mac client might help feather Steve Job's nest even more but is completely irrelevant. A typical stock Mac GPU can just about play Sims 3 and after the Mac tax, etc., etc. The platform is so locked down it makes MS look Open Source friendly..

Bob
wafflesomd 15th May 2010, 07:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pieface
Quote:
Originally Posted by wafflesomd
http://www.goopeg.com/img/ZsXg0uHn.jpg

Hardly, I completed Portal in under 2 hours on my Mac and never had one problem with my macbook trackpad.

1 Finger Click = Blue
2 Finger Click = Red Portal.

Never had any issues with it and was always responsive.

I knew someone would respond in a serious manner...
wafflesomd 15th May 2010, 08:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by docodine
Even after the performance drop, the game always stayed over 60fps in Anand's review.. It's the least fancy looking Source game, anything vaguely recent can run it.

It's most certainly not the least fancy. Play and CS:S lately. It's starting to show it's age.
Chocobollz 15th May 2010, 11:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by smc8788
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghys
Quote:
Originally Posted by smc8788
Macs are still PCs aren't they?
tell that to them

...or to Apple's marketing team
Or better yet, to Steve Jobs himself ;-)
MSHunter 16th May 2010, 00:39 Quote
Linux support?

Does this mean I can play Half-life games under say: Ubunto, RedHat, SUSUE?
If this is the case I'm done with Micro Sugar!!!! :D I have been waiting for this day for the past 10 years!!!!
llamafur 18th May 2010, 16:35 Quote
Yep way too laggy even on the lowest settings. Just played the first 4 levels on a 2.4 ghz core 2 duo with 2 GB ddr2 ram. I'm guessing the macs hd 2400 was the bottleneck. I would really like see apple putting hardware in computers that's actually worth $2000. Mac users could finally get a taste of gaming too ;)
I still like seeing my sub $500 pc destroy a $2000 mac though.:D
Bayaz 20th May 2010, 12:01 Quote
I still rather a physical disk unless the steam version is much much cheaper.
sbeckstead 16th June 2010, 09:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
show me an Apple branded mouse with 2 clicking buttons inside.

"multi-button" are touch buttons, not real physical buttons. so to get the multi-button effect, when right clicking, left finger must physically lift from the mouse. i've used mighty mouse many times and it's really hard to use compared to my G5. same as magic mouse, touch surface, single button, lift left finger for right clicks.


ouch, the performance drop is really a shame, and most Mac users don't have good graphics cards. 9500GT, GT120 is considered very good, by looking at their Mac Pro lines. unless Apple brings out gaming Mac variants, Macs will never be a series gaming platform.

Well the entire mouse on the mighty mouse is one button, the little ball on the mouse itself is the second. there I showed you one. The ignorance of these poor people amazes me sometimes. Oh and the word you were trying for was serious, not series. There are already several serious gaming cards out for the macs that can handle them. Try a little research before opening mouth next time.
gavomatic57 16th June 2010, 09:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by MSHunter
Linux support?

Does this mean I can play Half-life games under say: Ubunto, RedHat, SUSUE?
If this is the case I'm done with Micro Sugar!!!! :D I have been waiting for this day for the past 10 years!!!!

Yes, eventually. The Mac Steam client had linux references hidden within it. If you browser Phoronix you'll see they actually got the login page up on ubuntu, but with it not being live yet you couldn't log in.

As for Apple being locked down, I take issue with that.

Darwin - the UNIX platform that the pretty OSX stuff sits on - open source
Safari = Webkit = open source (webkit also underpins a lot of the default OSX apps - mail etc)
Bonjour - open source
Grand Central Dispatch - open source (and available to FreeBSD users soon)
OpenCL - open source
OpenGL - open source


And there is this Clicky

As for MS...well they gave a few lines to the linux kernel to allow for easier virtualisation of Windows on a linux host...that's about it.

The hardware and associated device drivers may be locked down, but OSX certainly isn't.
wuyanxu 16th June 2010, 12:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbeckstead
Well the entire mouse on the mighty mouse is one button, the little ball on the mouse itself is the second. there I showed you one. The ignorance of these poor people amazes me sometimes. Oh and the word you were trying for was serious, not series. There are already several serious gaming cards out for the macs that can handle them. Try a little research before opening mouth next time.
you are wrong on the mouse button issue: mighty mouse only have 1 button on its surface, when pressing the ball, it actually presses the whole mouse down, activating the single button within the mouse. besides it functions as mid mouse click, to actually do right mouse click, you need to lift up your index finger, no ideal while gaming.

for gaming cards, a gtx285 is currently the best gaming card for ridiculously expensive Mac Pro, the card costing more than my 5870, which has nearly twice its performance. all laptops are using slow, useless low end graphics cards, none are designed for gaming.

apologies for my spelling. but the blindness of those rich people never stops to humour me.
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