Today Valve announced that it's bringing its digital distribution service Steam to the Mac. It will launch in April with several Valve-developed titles such as Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, and the Half-Life series.

The Mac version of Steam will be cross-compatible with the PC version. If you own a game on Steam for the PC, you'll be able to play it on the Mac as well for no charge. Steam Cloud, a feature introduced in 2008 that enables players to store their save files online, will allow you to switch between playing the same game on the Mac and PC without losing any progress.

"We are treating the Mac as a tier-1 platform so all of our future games will release simultaneously on Windows, Mac, and the Xbox 360," said director of Steam development John Cook. "Updates for the Mac will be available simultaneously with the Windows updates. Furthermore, Mac and Windows players will be part of the same multiplayer universe, sharing servers, lobbies, and so forth. We fully support a heterogeneous mix of servers and clients. The first Mac Steam client will be the new generation currently in beta testing on Windows."

The first simultaneous PC/Mac release by Valve will be Portal 2, due this holiday season.

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