Valve has followed through on rumours begun last week and confirmed that it will be releasing a Mac version of Steam later this year.
The 'rumours' began last week when Valve not-so-subtly released a series of promo images
that hinted at a Mac release of Steam.
According to today's announcement, the Steam for Macs will launch in April this year and will have a library of supported games which will include Left 4 Dead 2
, Team Fortress 2
and all the Half-Life
games. Portal 2
will be the first simultaneous release for both the Windows and Mac versions of Steam, launching before Christmas.
"As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality internet clients,
" said Gabe Newell, president of Valve. "The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services.
Valve will also be unveiling a new system called Steam Play, which will allow players who own a game on one platform to play it on the other for free. Yay!
"Steamworks for the Mac supports all of the Steamworks APIs, and we have added a new feature, called Steam Play, which allows customers who purchase the product for the Mac or Windows to play on the other platform free of charge,
" said Valve's Jason Holtman.
“For example, Steam Play, in combination with the Steam Cloud, allows a gamer playing on their work PC to go home and pick up playing the same game at the same point on their home Mac. We expect most developers and publishers to take advantage of Steam Play.
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