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Steam on Mac
Jason Brady
Jason Brady
Posted 2013-04-17 13:43
So I'm thinking about investing in this so that I can play PC games on my mac without having to go to Bootcamp.

I noticed that there is support for steam, but I was wondering if I would be able to use my Mac version of Steam or if I'd have to install the PC version as well to get the games.
Caron Wills
Caron Wills  Staff Member
Posted 2013-04-17 13:56
Jason Brady Posted:
So I'm thinking about investing in this so that I can play PC games on my mac without having to go to Bootcamp.

I noticed that there is support for steam, but I was wondering if I would be able to use my Mac version of Steam or if I'd have to install the PC version as well to get the games.


You would need to use both versions of Steam. CrossOver would let you use the Windows version with the Windows games and then of course the Mac version of steam would let you use the Mac version.
dland
dland
Posted 2013-04-17 15:19
I do exactly what Caron suggests, but I go one better: I have created symbolic links from the GCFs installed under the Mac copy (/Users/<me>/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/) to the same location under Crossover (/Users/<me>/Library/Application Support/CrossOver/Bottles/<steam_bottle>/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/SteamApps/), as well as for games that live in the common folder and in the SteamApps/<user>/ folder. For Windows-only games, of course, I install them from within the Windows version of Steam under CrossOver, and I don't bother to sym-link them over to the Mac side, because there's no point.

For games that run under Windows and Mac (I play a lot of Garry's Mod and TF2, for example), Steam seems to just "do the right thing", downloading the appropriate platform executable (e.g. hl2_osx for Mac, hl2.exe for Windows) without disturbing the other.

This saves LOADS of disk space, and means that I only have to endure a single download for each update.

Incidentally, some cross-platform games, notably Killing Floor, run way better natively on the Mac than under Crossover. Others (L4D, L4D2) seem to be about the same regardless. I end up running Garry's Mod under CrossOver more than natively because Garry didn't have all his Mac ducks in a row for a couple of recent revisions.

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