Steam, a digital right management distribution platform released by the well known computer game developer, Source, was released for the Mac OS X on Wednesday, to much fan fare and praise.
The service will allow Mac users to play many games never available on Apple's Mac OS X before.
“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 Valve President Gabe Newell in press release.
Apple users will finally be able to play popular games such as Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life that have been available on PC’s for years.
Portal 2 has been marked as the first game to be used on Mac and Windows. It is the beginning of many applications to be featured alongside the long awaited Steam and Source systems used to operate the game.
“Checking in code produces a PC build and Mac build at the same time, automatically, so the two platforms are perfectly in lock-step,” Josh Weier lead programmer for Portal 2.
Valve is not the first computer company to make cross over programs for Mac and Windows. Windows themselves offers a long line of products for Mac including the company’s popular Windows Office applications. Popular music production programs such as Pro Tools and Reason are also made for PC’s and Macs.