Downloading Games on Steam

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by heatfanaman, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. heatfanaman macrumors member

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    Hi, I just purchased a 15' inch MacBookPro and am going to install windows on it next week. I am planning on downloading a few games off of steam. If I download them now on my mac side, can I also download them on my Windows side when I get it next week? I'd be asking this on steampowered.com, but there forums are broken for me right now.
     
  2. Cboss macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the big benefit of Steam is that you can download and play games on many different computers.
     
  3. karsten macrumors 6502a

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    not necessarily, you have to look at the icon in the title of the game on steam to see if it supports it. called steamplay. not all games support it.
     
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    Depending on the games, if they are steamplay, you may not have to re-download them. Just start the download process, pause it, find the install location, and copy the same folder on your mac partition into this new folder. Once this is done, restart the download process.

    For Valve games (HL2, L4D, etc) Steam will only need to download a few extra files, like the .exe, and in my experience you'll only re-download a hundred MB or so.
     
  6. Glumpfner macrumors regular

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    I think there is a bit of a confusion going on what the OP is asking for.

    If you're simply asking if you can download a game as many times on different computers and operating systems, then yes, you can do that.
    Unlike iTunes, Steam is not limited to one computer, it's bound to your steam account, so you can log in on any computer with your account and download the game there.

    If you're asking if you can play any game on Mac and then later on continue on windows, yes that's possible. All you need to do is to re-download the game on windows, or like it has been suggested here. Copy the game folder over to your windows partition, so you don't have to re-download the entire game. It will only download the missing windows files then.

    How ever, depending on the game, you would need to start the game over again, since it won't be able to use the save files from your Mac. Some games store the save files online in the Steam cloud, but even that doesn't necessarily mean you can continue where you left off.

    I know that Torchlight for example saves everything online, but the Windows and Mac save games are separated.
     

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