App Store vs STEAM: Who is the better?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AGX, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. AGX macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2014

    I have see that on Steam there are a lot of games for Mac (multi-platform), do you think that is better buy on Apple App Store or on Steam? I never buy on Steam but I had see that the price are a lower respect to App Store.

    Thanks :)
  2. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    I boy from both. I thinks Steam is more portable than the App store as you can also get games to play in any other computer OS. Steam provides great discounts almost every week, and many free weekends to play and try games. I like steam.
  3. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    Steam!!!! Although I am a big fanboy of steam.
    It's cross platform, and many steam sales. Many games I've bought on steam have been because of very low prices. I got NFSHP normally $70 for $5 during a steam sale.
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Steam is often cheaper, and as noted the games are cross-platform. On the other hand, it's often buggy, and you need to launch the Steam client to play your games (they don't go into the Applications folder like software from the App Store).
  5. hharzer macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Definitely Steam. The advantages:
    • Multiplatform games
    • Sync of your savegames
    • Play with others ( App Store only allows you to use the Game Center for multiplay AFAIK, which renders games like Civ5 for example virtually useless )
    • Mod community with installation
    • Faster updates AFAIK
    • Alpha programs, beta suubscriptions etc.
    • Steam sales, third party website who sell cheap Steam games, gifting ( to and from Windows/Linux users )

    The disadvantages are:
    • Buggy and sometimes slow client
    • Connection issues ( rarely )

    As you can see above, the advantages certainly outweigh the negative aspects of Steam. The mac app store is - imho - really terrible when it comes to games ( and certain kinds of software ).

    The best thing is that you can play with others and switch platforms almost seamlessly. Just log in to your account on another pc and you're good to go. The MAS doesn't provide anything like that.

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