Steam will stop working for some Mac users: Valve opts for switch off on Apple operating systems that are obsolete as of January 1, 2019. Here is what to do.
Steam will no longer work in 2019, but only for some users: Valve, which has developed the well-known digital distribution platform, has announced that from January 1, 2019 will end the support to Mac not updated and obsolete.
The offending version is 10.10 Yosemite, the tenth version of the OS for Apple released by the bitten apple in 2014. After just five years, then the possibility for Steam users with a Mac not of the latest version, but still able to provide good performance, to play their favorite titles through the most famous and used online gaming library.
The first of the year will therefore be the black date established by Steam for the abandonment of all Apple operating systems from Yosemite down, considered now too obsolete. Here’s what changes and what to do to keep playing on Steam if you’re still in possession of one of the OSs involved in the upcoming procedure.
Steam on Mac: versions not supported since 2019
The “banned” versions of MacOS regarding Steam are the following:
- 10.0 Yosemite;
- 10.9 Mavericks;
- 10.8 Mountain Lion;
- 10.7 Lion.
Apparently the origin of the exile from Steam for these versions is Google Chrome, which supports some new specifications incompatible with operating systems victim of the ban, as stressed by the warning on the platform:
“Starting January 1, 2019, Steam will no longer support MacOS Lion 10.7, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite. This means that after that date the Steam Client will no longer run on these versions. To continue using Steam, games and other products and features, users will need to upgrade their operating system to the latest version of macOS.
The new features in Steam are based on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which will not support older versions of macOS. In addition, future versions of Steam will require some macOS features and security updates only available in MacOS El Capitan 10.11 and higher.”
The announcement, although predictable, comes as a bolt from the blue for the Steam players armed with the old Apple operating systems: the arrival of promised updates will prevent, in the new year, access to the library of games unless you opt (if possible) to upgrade to the required version of macOS.
Valve’s decision seems unshakable and inevitable, despite the appeals of users who (unable to perform a system update for various reasons) from January 1 will find themselves unable to play the securities regularly purchased through the platform. Really a bad start of the year.