Gordon Freeman makes his most bold move yet, to the Apple Macintosh. Last week, many hints were dropped about a possible maneuver of Steam and Source to the Mac OS X operating system. In a press release this morning, Valve has confirmed the speculation that both Steam and Source are headed to the Mac platform in April.
This is big news because Valve is a major player in the gaming world and every move they make can effect the way games are distributed and played. Steam, which is the most successful digital distribution platform to date is finally coming to the Mac and could possibly make Mac gaming turn a new leaf. Steam on Mac will boast the same exact features as the Windows beta version currently available.
Source coming to the Mac is also a big, bold move because of the host of Valve and non-Valve games which are now compatible. Multi-million sellers like Half Life 2 and Left 4 Dead along with Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal will also be compatible when the update goes live next month. The best part? All versions of the games are compatible with each other.
Valve has also introduced Steam Play which allows purchased titles to be playable on either platform seamlessly. If you have already purchased any of the Valve titles, they will be playable on your Mac come April with no intervention required. The last point is that these games will also be online compatible with each other so Windows and Mac users can play with each other and argue about much better things than platform superiority.
Portal 2, which was just announced a few days ago will be Valve’s first simultaneous Mac and PC release when it comes out later this year.