Steam for Mac gets OS X Mavericks fixes

Steam for Mac gets OS X Mavericks fixes

Apple's OS X Mavericks operating system is still a developer's release and isn't due for general release until autumn, but that hasn't stopped Valve from updating its Steam client for OS X with a number of fixes to improve compatibility. The update will be automatically downloaded the next time you log on to Steam using your Mac.

Steam is Valve's game download and game matching service. Using Steam, you can buy and download games for your Mac and play them online against other players playing on OS X, Windows and, increasingly, Linux.

According to the release notes, the following changes have been made:

  • Added support for Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) App Nap feature
  • Updated Overlay check to work correctly with API changes in Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).
  • Fixed crash on OSX when using an AirPlay display
  • Fixed the overlay check mis-reporting causing some games to believe the overlay is unavailable when it actually was present.

How important is Steam compatibility on the Mac for you? Are you looking forward to getting your hands on Mavericks? Can you rest assured knowing Steam will be ready for the transition? Tell me in the comments!

Peter Cohen

Managing Editor of iMore, Mac and gaming specialist and all-around technologist. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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There are 5 comments. Add yours.

emjayess says:

And what, may I ask, is "Steam"?!

In other words, I'd like to request that these types of update posts provide a little background/context for the uninitiated. Thanks.

tool022611 says:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_(software)

I'm glad they are on top of it, I got max payne 3 for $10 and would be upset if I couldn't play when mavericks comes out.

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emjayess says:

God, that was just hilarious--you really got me with that one!

Peter Cohen says:

You're right, emjayess. In my rush to post it yesterday I should have included something about what Steam actually is. Sorry! I've updated the article accordingly.

snookasnoo says:

Steam has worked fine for me on Mavericks but it's good to know they are updating it and got ride of the overlay error.