Cook: Steam on Mac is “a great shot in the arm”

Wednesday, 20th October 2010 18:13 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Apple COO Tim Cook has just lauded Valve’s recent launch of a Mac version of Steam, calling the venture “a great shot in the arm”.

Speaking at Apple’s Back to the Mac event in CA today, Cook singled out Valve as a pusher of Mac gaming.

“We have new devs like Valve,” he said. “They’re bringing titles simultaneously to the Mac and PC. Like Half Life. This is great for the Mac, and a great shot in the arm for gaming on Macs.”

The Mac version of Steam launched in May, with Portal given away for free.

The latest round of Steam stats, released in August, showed that only 5.07 percent of the download service’s users were playing with Macs.

MacOS 10.6.3 64-bit accounted for 4.3 percent of total Steam use, with MacOS 10.5.8 64-bit adding the extra 0.77 percent.

Of those using Steam on Macs, a whopping 47 percent owned MacBook Pros. Nearly 54 percent of all Mac users packed 4Gb of RAM.

Check out Engadget for a Back to the Mac liveblog.



  1. BULArmy

    If Steve didn’t alow Halo to go to M$ the world of gaming would have been a totally different thing…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Gheritt White

    Um… Half-Life was released 12 years ago Steve, bit LTTP there.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. choochoo

    Mac is crap times are changing and its about time Mac embraced Windows 7 it’s the Future…..Truth is all i speak also Games for Windows Live is better than Steam my opinion.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    It was Tim Cook that said that, not Jobs. I’m having a great day.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    @ 3: Windows 7 is definitely a step in the right direction, but I’ll withhold judgement until Apple reveal Mac OS X Lion’s feature set. For me, the Mac OS still reigns supreme for ease-of-use, performance and flexibility.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. mescalineeyes

    Windows 7 and Mac OS X are both fucking A OK in my book.

    (Mac at work, Windows at home for SC2, innit)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. cookiejar

    I want to see something on OS X 10.7. Its been literally years since there has been an improvement on the Mac. I want to upgrade!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. ReeceHeywood

    Mac’s pewn you all.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DaMan

    Windowslol. come back to me when say, you’ll be able to install/remove apps like on Mac OS. no crappy installers, no wasting time on clicking ‘next’ button every fucking time I want to try a new app or remove an old one. Snow Leopard for life.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. spiderLAW

    fuck Mac and Windows
    Its all about Tandy bitches!!!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. CenoBit

    Yes yes…it’s great everyone is happy about Steam on Mac.
    now, can we get some decent games for Mac that are neither 6 years old (like Half-Life) nor bubble boble look-a-likes??

    There is a limit to how many puzzle/arcade games a Mac user can play and that limit is called Plants vs Zombies.

    #11 4 years ago

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