will steam's release for OSX influence gaming hardware on the mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iamrawr, May 11, 2010.

?

Is Steam the stepping stone toward higher end hardware?

  1. Yes

    19 vote(s)
    67.9%
  2. No

    9 vote(s)
    32.1%
  1. iamrawr macrumors 6502

    iamrawr

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2010
    Location:
    New Jersey
    #1
    just wanna know what you guys think :)

    if you do think so, when do you think it will come out?
     
  2. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    #3
    I'm going with no. Steam is nice, but it's not going to change Apple's approach to designing and manufacturing computers.
     
  3. rawd macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2008
  4. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2008
    #5
    Agreed.
     
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    #6
    Steam is cool and all but unless you were A) A gamer on the Windows Side in a past life and B) care about that sort of thing you probably won't even know that Steam is coming out on OS X.

    Every mac user on the planet would have to utilze steam and subsequently complain about performance before the R & D and marketing teams grow a pair and tell Steve that the consumers are demanding high end gaming hardware. Otherwise it won't happen.

    Edit: and yes, I AM in line for Portal 2 and gots my HL2 keys waiting.
     
  6. rawd macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2008
    #7
    Wait so if I already own a retail PC version of HL2, I can play the Steam Mac version?
     
  7. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a

    rmbrown09

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    #8
    I say for sure, Apple used to tout it's C2D line as "gaming" notebooks, first hit on Google search for a while when you typed gaming notebook.

    They showed Cod 4 looking good and being playable, but now since that game is old news, and there is really nothing cool out for mac to use as an advertisement post, they don't.

    L4D 2, Portal 2, etc will make mac a current gaming platform again, and allow Apple to advertise as such. I think Steam and games on mac will draw many PC'ers over the next few years as well, so they will have no choice but to accommodate them.

    Hopefully at the next refresh we see a 5830, then we could really crank this stuff.
     
  8. dr4g0n macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2010
    #9
    I think it will. But not in next 2 generations of macs at least.
     
  9. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2008
    #10
    Until they get current generation video solutions (and solutions that are decently priced for that matter, $419 for a 4870? HAHAHA!) and half-decent drivers they won't truly be close to a "current gaming platform". Not to mention, the enthusiast community will never swap over to Apple. That's not to say nothing good will come of this whole steam thing; but it will be a long while til we see anything tangible.
     
  10. iamrawr thread starter macrumors 6502

    iamrawr

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2010
    Location:
    New Jersey
    #11
    isn't there a good amount of people complaining about the mac's hardware already? or is it not enough for them to reconsider what the put into macs?
     
  11. Guiguiga macrumors regular

    Guiguiga

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Location:
    Ft. Lauderdale - FL
    #12
    I think it might.

    The more people consume macs for gaming purposes, the more apple will bump the specs.... and maybe the prices.
     
  12. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    #13
    This.
     
  13. iamrawr thread starter macrumors 6502

    iamrawr

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2010
    Location:
    New Jersey
    #14
    so... is it gonna be 3 refreshes or 3 years from now? :p
     
  14. tflournoy95 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2009
    #15
    okay i shot steve.....in the face. no just kidding. i shot him an email asking what his mindset was on letting the imacs become better speced tham the mac pros. he has yet to reply. it was at 10:30 eastern time last night.
     
  15. tflournoy95 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2009
    #16
    steve doesnt reconsider. all decisions are final.
     
  16. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    #17
    Steve changed his stance on FireWire, but only after a large outcry.

    Anything is possible but the community has to create a tangible tought in jobs mind where he has to say to himself "maybe I'm wrong?"

    cuz he won't listen to any of us telling him he's wrong (though even that is subjective) :p
     
  17. Cali3350 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    #18
    I personally doubt it. Steam may be out for Mac but there are still very few games available on the platform. Until game devs treat it serious it wont see much change.
     
  18. iamrawr thread starter macrumors 6502

    iamrawr

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2010
    Location:
    New Jersey
    #19
    so then... why did Steam decide to come to mac? :confused: if macs aren't primarily built for gaming why did Steam invest in OSX?
     
  19. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    #20
    Because it's an untapped market? There's no denying that OSX is trash for gaming at the moment, and Mac hardware is very low on the gaming scale. Valve doesn't have to provide a great gaming environment since they're pretty much the only player in the OSX game. Also there's the fact that source engine games can run on almost anything (possibly even a toaster) so Valve can showcase them even on sub-par mac hardware.
     
  20. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2008
    #21
    It's pretty obvious; untapped market full of people with big wallets not scared to pay a premium - easy easy money.
     
  21. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2010
    #22
    Don't be so sure about it. In June Nvidia will launch it's Fermi mobile cards.

    Since Apple is so in bed with Nvidia and refuses to use ATI cards, I guess around June-September, a new big improvement in graphics performance can be expected.

    That's just something that I'll think will hapen.
     
  22. johnalan macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    Location:
    Dublin, Ireland
    #23
    I would say that it most definitely will... It's a major sign of things to come imo.
     
  23. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

    Tex-Twil

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Location:
    Europe
    #24
    Btw, when exactly it is supposed to be released ? It's 13 pm CET and still nothing
     
  24. LedCop macrumors regular

    LedCop

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    #25
    Are you talking about only the notebooks? Because Apple uses ATI cards in some iMac models.
     

Share This Page