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Steam for Mac gets cross-platform multiplayer

Steam for Mac gets cross-platform multiplayer

Valve has added cross-platform multiplayer support for some games on Steam, over Mac and PC.

Valve has released a new update for Steam for Mac as part of its promise to expand the features of the Steamplay service every Wednesday. The latest update for Steam includes not only a new batch of games compatible with Steam for Mac, but also cross-platform multiplayer between PC and Mac gamers.

Cross-platform multiplayer is only available for a few titles at the moment, but Valve will be increasing compatibility in the future.

The biggest title currently supporting cross-platform multiplayer is office favourite Killing Floor, which is also on sale at the moment with 33 percent off the regular price. Other cross-platform games include Altitude and Madballs in Babo: Invasion.

"We were thrilled when we learned that Steam was coming to the Mac platform and started working on a native Mac version of Killing Floor immediately," said John Gibson, President of Tripwire Interactive, creators of Killing Floor.

"Steam's advanced multiplayer support on both the PC and Mac has enabled us to bring Killing Floor to a whole new audience on the Mac and introduce them to the existing PC player community."

Today's update has also bought with it a bunch of new titles to Steam for Mac, the full list of which is below.

Altitude
Caster
Chains
Eschalon: Book I
Europe Universalis III Complete
Hearts of Iron III
Killing Floor
Madballs in Babo: Invasion
Sam and Max Complete Season Two
Sam and Max Season Three: The Devils Playhouse - Episode 2
Simplz Zoo
Windosill


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14 Comments

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clx 20th May 2010, 12:52 Quote
And finally... the war begins

all we need now are some GOOD games to play against each other.
Jamie 20th May 2010, 13:08 Quote
Come on Valve, release TF2 already.
digitaldave 20th May 2010, 13:11 Quote
TF2 and CSS pls taaa
llamafur 20th May 2010, 13:21 Quote
Yessss Games@School lol
ssj12 20th May 2010, 13:41 Quote
CSS will probably happen after the new update is out of beta.
Blademrk 20th May 2010, 14:24 Quote
Altitude isn't bad, I bought that during one of the previous sales.
StoneyMahoney 20th May 2010, 14:37 Quote
As much as people complain about the Mac's lack of performance compared to Windows (which is true, DirectX is king in so many ways) I played through Portal quite happily on my Geforce 9400M-equipped Mac Mini a few days ago. Pretty smooth, and totally enjoyable. Go Steam!
Unknownsock 20th May 2010, 15:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by StoneyMahoney
As much as people complain about the Mac's lack of performance compared to Windows (which is true, DirectX is king in so many ways) I played through Portal quite happily on my Geforce 9400M-equipped Mac Mini a few days ago. Pretty smooth, and totally enjoyable. Go Steam!

Yea but Portal isn't the most intensive game is it? :p
bowman 20th May 2010, 17:03 Quote
I'm glad Valve is doing a good job beta testing OpenGL on Macs before letting it loose on Linux.

*takes cover from handbags being tossed by Mac users*
javaman 20th May 2010, 17:56 Quote
I saw an article saying that games run slower on macs than the an equivelent PC spec due to using openCL rather than DirectX. There was also reports of some glitches in games like textures not loading and you can't see through the portals
Nature 20th May 2010, 19:04 Quote
cs source?
javaman 20th May 2010, 20:26 Quote
knyghtryda 21st May 2010, 00:05 Quote
Altitude is free for the weekend, and its rather addicting....
Culinia 21st May 2010, 10:42 Quote
Until Steam has proper games on MAC such as Battlefield Bad Company 2 and modern games for example then there's really won't be much competition.
However when there is there still won't be any competition because MACs come with weak graphics cards. I really don't see the point in them to be honest.

I think since Apple Macs are becoming more like proper computers these days i.e. since Intel chips were implemented I think that Apple should just release Mac OSX to PCs and start real competition.
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