Portal 2 confirmed for Mac, Steam coming in May (updated)

By Matthew ยท 31 replies
Mar 8, 2010
  1. Between its fantastic game releases and wildly popular distribution platform, Valve has won the hearts of many PC gamers over the last few years. Mac users have long cried for support, and last week Valve answered their calls. The company plans to introduce an OS X-friendly Steam client in May, along with games like Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal.

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  2. cyrusjumpjet

    cyrusjumpjet TS Member Posts: 87

    I kind of want to buy a Mac just so I can feel the joy of playing games on a Mac.
    Haven't felt that joy since I played Myst, Star Wars Dark Forces, and The Dig on my old System 7.5 Mac...
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,659   +1,095

    Gaming on a mac will always suck since Apple doesn't support the producers. If they tried harder they could have had at least some of the more popular games with native support for their OS. (bootcamp is not a good alternative - it's actually really bad).
    But i'm thinking that they're afraid that people will notice that they have low end components for high end prices. ^_^
  4. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    Excited about Portal2, Could see many ways in which mac-gaming pioneered by Steam could fail but more ways it could win and get Steam the lead in this untapped market.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,716   +856

    I'm really having problems visualizing the Mac as a gaming machine. No doubt there's an untapped user base out there. But I think that platform has just a TAD bit to go before we start seeing them run the most current games at top settings. ;)
  6. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    Smart move for them as the source engine is a pretty good one, that runs well on low-mid end graphics cards (what MACs have).
  7. DryIce

    DryIce TS Rookie Posts: 60

    This is good. Mac users deserve the same as PC users. Windows has dominated PC gaming for too long.
  8. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

  9. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    As a gamer I'm happy to see a greater audience being able to enjoy some amazing games. While I have no plans or desire to get a Mac, it's nice for those who have one to get some support :) . But as pointed out above, if more higher end and new games ever do come to the Mac the average consumer will get wind that his $1500+ system all of a sudden can't compete with a PC half the price and Apple's jig is up. But as of now source games are not demanding and it'll fit just fine.
  10. drasho

    drasho TS Enthusiast Posts: 62

    It not bad... mac is finally getting some decent game =P But PC is still the way to go if you want to play all the good games =P
  11. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 337   +199

    This is going to be a complete mind f*ck for apple users. Going from a mouse with one button on it to a gaming mouse with 11. I predict a lot of pants shitting.
  12. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

  13. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    like with Blizzard, now Valve, i want my fav games to be playable anywhere, so i hope it will not be an either or situation where i can buy a MAC only or a PC only version.

    I can have both versions off Blizzard.

    Now, i won't find it hard to go for a MAC if needed.

    would be happy to see Linux also supported some day

  14. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125

    I'm getting this game for sure, I still play Portal from time to time such a awesome game, wish there were more maps tho, I can run through the entire game in less then 2 hours
  15. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    I believe there are plenty of third-party Portal maps around, but I've never tried any. Might be worth looking into, Deso.
  16. InsaneVr6

    InsaneVr6 TS Booster Posts: 221

    I said it in the last article. This will tell the future of next gen gaming on Mac's. If Steam can't do it, who can?
  17. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    I have to say that although I don't like Macs, I would prefer them to get support over the consoles! They should release the PC and Mac versions simultaneously, and then the 360 version a few weeks later. Give us a little love to help us feel special again. :D
  18. flukeh

    flukeh TS Rookie Posts: 57

    I visualize Mac becoming the Casual gamers machine and PC staying where it is. The majority of people that i know with macs (that don't have them at/for work) use mac books. And those laptops will hardly be able to run new games very well. It will be interesting to see where this goes.
  19. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125

    :O How did I not know of this !?!?!??!?!!?

    I'm definitely looking into this.
  20. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    Too bad I finished Portal 1 in 5 hours, such a great game for a low gamespan.

    Anyway, no PS3?
  21. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    It's great that some titles will be playable on both platforms with Steam Play. No need to buy the game twice, though I doubt anyone would do that anyway. :)
  22. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    i love that update ;) ... yes now i can play all my already purchased games on my possibly soon to be MAC LOL.

    What about Linux & PS3, i know i'm asking for too much!

    keep updating please, thank you.

  23. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Excellent news, my wife and I can game together again.
  24. TuesdayExpress

    TuesdayExpress TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Will this be Valve's first release on Xbox? I'm only familiar with their PC side, but I don't recall hearing of this from them before.
  25. Tizzlejack

    Tizzlejack TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Will the Source SDK work on Macs too? Some of the best games I've played on the Source engine were originally developed by a third party. Garry's Mod anyone?
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