Now Steam is coming to OS X, who's deleting Windows?

Goodbye Windows?

  • Yes, Steam for OS X will offer the games i want

    Votes: 75 61.5%
  • No, Steam for OS X won't offer the games i want

    Votes: 19 15.6%
  • No, i use the partition for things other than gaming

    Votes: 28 23.0%

  • Total voters
    122

MattZani

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Do the poll.

I am for sure, its all its used for, thank you Valve for freeing up atleast 10Gb :D
 

Dragonforce

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Apr 9, 2008
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Still need Windows for gaming, especially as a Mac Pro owner with a GTX 285 I have a good selection of awesome games only available for Win...
 

0098386

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I have 91 Steam games. Valve games (the Source ones at least) make up 7 of those games.
Don't get me wrong this whole thing is amazing and brilliant and I'll love Valve even more forever till death do us part. But I'm not throwing my money away not being able to play the bulk of my library just yet.

Windows stays.
 

MattZani

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I guess i am in a fairly exclusive part of the gaming market where the only games i really play are Valve games, which feature on the orange box, and L4D.

Got a gaming PC with a GTX275 anyway. Just hope i dont have to buy my games again.
 

Mackilroy

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Jun 29, 2006
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I have quite a few non-Steam games, so while I'll definitely be installing Steam under OS X, my Win7 partition is going nowhere.
 

Schtumple

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Jun 13, 2007
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If there's mac ports for all of steam games... yes.
Exactly, this might just tempt me to get back into gaming on my Mac, I've always found gaming on a computer to be frustrating and cumbersome, always having to check the specs list to see how well it'll run on your hardware etc etc.

Sim City 4 is my age old favourite though, one game I refuse to give up.
 

chill.

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Sep 1, 2008
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this is really fortunate for me, because the only games i really play on windows are tf2 and l4d2. i'll still be keeping windows as a "just in case" though, and i think it might take a few months to iron out all the bugs/optimize the source engine for mac
 

Flash SWT

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Mar 14, 2009
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All I own (or play for that matter) on Steam is the Valve Complete Pack. Assuming they port everything (even original CS and DOD) and the performance is there, I'm happily looking forward to being able to delete my Boot Camp partition.

I'm also thankful I held off on buying Windows 7 an extra week to see what was going to happen with all of the Valve speculation.

.
 

Huntn

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May 5, 2008
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More info required. Will we be able to play to play Windows games that were never ported to the Mac via Steam such as Half Life 2/episodes? If this is the case, then it is a great development for Mac gaming. :) And if so how would steam bypass Window/Mac platform differences?

If it's not the case, I see no reason to get rid of my bootcamp partition where I play 99% of my games (not counting the 360).
 

Sambo110

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More info required. Will we be able to play to play Windows games that were never ported to the Mac via Steam such as Half Life 2/episodes? If this is the case, then it is a great development for Mac gaming. :) And if so how would steam bypass Window/Mac platform differences?

If it's not the case, I see no reason to get rid of my bootcamp partition where I play 99% of my games (not counting the 360).
No, the developers have to port their games themselves. All of the Source games are being ported over, not sure about Valve's older games like Half Life or whatever.
 

Huntn

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No, the developers have to port their games themselves. All of the Source games are being ported over, not sure about Valve's older games like Half Life or whatever.
Thanks Sam, that raises more questions. Half Life 2 is a source game. I assume Valve is doing the porting? I'll be interested in seeing the comparative bench marks for Half Life 2 running on a Mac in Steam vs on Windows in Steam. Think they will be close in performance? Historically games that have been ported over from Windows to Mac, due to software differences, and lack of Mac optimization, take a pretty drastic performance hit. I can give you an easy example UT2k4 ran at about 75 fps on a PIII and at about 35fps on a G5. Hopefully something in source will mitigate these differences.
 

Sambo110

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Thanks Sam, that raises more questions. Half Life 2 is a source game. I assume Valve is doing the porting? I'll be interested in seeing the comparative bench marks for Half Life 2 running on a Mac in Steam vs on Windows in Steam. Think they will be close in performance? Historically games that have been ported over from Windows to Mac, due to software differences, and lack of Mac optimization, take a pretty drastic performance hit. I can give you an easy example UT2k4 ran at about 75 fps on a PIII and at about 35fps on a G5. Hopefully something in source will mitigate these differences.
Well at least it's a native port and not crappy Cider, and I assume Valve would do a good porting job. First thing I will do is the CS:S FPS test, on Windows I get an average of around 64-66, so that will be good for seeing the performance hit of the Mac version.
 

TheSpaz

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I probably won't DELETE my Windows 7 partition, but I sure won't boot into it as much anymore. I really hope Infinity Ward ports Modern Warfare 2 over to the Mac, but I have that on my PS3 anyway. I really just wanna play Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 on Mac OS X.

I hope it runs just as well as the PC version.
 

oneeach

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Feb 12, 2010
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Until games quit using Cider then I'll keep the Windows partition.

On the other hand, with more developers writing apps for the iPhone (and soon the iPad) there will be more developers using OpenGL. It won't be much of a stretch to take that knowledge to the Mac.
 

El Cabong

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Dec 1, 2008
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As much as we all love Valve, since when does Source = PC Gaming?

To my knowledge, none of the games I'm currently playing (with the exception of DAO) will be ported to OSX, so my Vista (yeah, that's right haters) partition stays.
 

gødspeed

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Jun 11, 2009
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I reluctantly deleted my Windows partition a few weeks ago, as my 500GB drive was getting too full. Steam on Mac is awesome, but it's not why I deleted Windows. I'll probably reinstall Windows if I get an OptiBay (tempted)
 

Miharu

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Aug 12, 2007
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I'm deleting it :) Actually Blizzard and Valve's games are the only computer games I'm interested in, rest of gaming I do on consoles. So it's a win-win situation, even if the game performance might not be as good as on XP.