Valve announced that Mac users can look forward to playing Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, the Half-Life series, and Counter Strike next month. Valve has announced they will be making steam available to Mac users.
“As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients. The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services,” said Gabe Newell, company president of Valve.
The Mac version of steam will have all the features of the PC version in addition to a new one called Steam Play. This new feature allows consumers to download a title for free on the Mac version of Steam if they already purchased it on their PC steam account.
Valve plans on making MAC a “tier-1 platform”. Any titles released in the future by Valve, the first of which to be Portal 2, will be available on Mac the same day as the PC and Xbox 360 versions.
PC and Mac users will be running on the same servers, so PC and Mac users can play together in games like Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. Because of this, Mac users will be getting the same update support that the PC version is getting, so no worries about it falling behind on updates.
Hopefully other developers will follow behind Valve and offer their games for Macs as well via Steam. The more games available the better!