Valve have announced that their digital distribution platform will be available on Mac systems this April. It will include the full range of Valve games with titles such as Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead and Portal amongst others.
Starting with the December release of Portal 2, Valve will also now release all future titles in Mac and Windows operating systems.
Valve’s Business Development Director, Jason Holtman, talked about the move:
“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.”
The Steam Development Director John Cook added:
“The inclusion of WebKit into Steam, and of OpenGL into Source gives us a lot of flexibility in how we move these technologies forward.
We are treating the Mac as a tier-1 platform so all of our future games will release simultaneously on Windows, Mac, and the Xbox 360. Updates for the Mac will be available simultaneously with the Windows updates.
Furthermore, Mac and Windows players will be part of the same multiplayer universe, sharing servers, lobbies, and so forth. We fully support a heterogeneous mix of servers and clients. The first Mac Steam client will be the new generation currently in beta testing on Windows.”
No surprise to see Gabe Newell support it either:
“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” he said.