It's True. Valve Coming to Macs With Steam Games

PC gaming, as the name suggests, is usually something exclusive to the PC. Sometimes there are Mac ports, but any serious computer gamer would either have a dedicated gaming PC or at the very least a Boot Camp partition.

Steam, the online service for PC gamers developed by Valve, looks to soon be expanding onto Mac OS X. While there hasn't yet been an official announcement (perhaps at the Game Developers Conference next week), Valve has sent various teaser images that, when put together, point squarely at a product or service made for the Mac.

Educated guesses would say that all of Valve's internally-developed properties will be available for Mac, which appear to include Steam, Portal, Team Fortress 2, the Half-Life series and the Left 4 Dead games.

With Valve now pushing Steam and games on Steam for Macs, and Blizzard releasing its titles for Macs, the two companies could encourage releases for Macs in a very big way. If this continues, a wave of games that are produced for Mac and PC at the same time, could eventually change the Mac platform forever.

The images were originally sent to Rock Paper Shotgun, Eurogamer, MacRumors, MacNN, ShackNews and MacWorld.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • JasonAkkerman
    So... there will be like a dozen games to download?

    /kidding =)
  • darkknight22
    I think I may have just pooped my pants....
  • cheepstuff
    macs have old hardware, nobody would want to program for such a small market anyway.
  • astrotrain1000
    I don't like Apple, but I think
  • pcxt21
    Who cares? Of all of the games on Steam right now, only a handful have a mac release. Plus Mac users don't game, a given fact.
  • astrotrain1000
    I don't like Apple and don't buy any of their products, but I think this is good. I hope that it would lead to industry standard programing and eventually more games on Linux.
  • zorky9
    Will nvidia and ATI spend millions on R&D for better GPU drivers so Macboys can learn to game? Nahh...
  • cscott_it
    I don't see anything wrong with this.

    I'm not sure if they'll see the capital back that they are investing or how much is being invested in it, but I can't begrudge anyone for wanting to game.

    I can however begrudge you for your elitist and smarmy attitude, you flowery fresh metro!!

    I kid. Unless you happen to be a Mac owner and somehow think that you are better than I am because you own a Mac. Then, I do begrudge you.
  • sceen311
    Between valve and blizzard, that's the majority of games I play.
  • victomofreality
    fractureWhere's Episode 3?
    Ya stop wasting time on something no ones going to use while you have an army of HL fanboys/girls gnawing at the bit for the next episode.

    Thought the episode game theory was released more often to lower down time between titles... what ever happened to that?