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