A New Steam Update Adds Mac Hardware Acceleration And More

A new Steam update promises to make the app much more fun to use on a Mac. In a new blog post detailing the “big improvements” the new update offers, Steam says that the updated desktop client is available for download now.

Alongside a refreshed interface and improved notifications that make it easier to tell when there is something new to read, this update also uses a new framework that should make it easier for Steam to implement improvements and new features in the future.

However, the biggest new change here is that Mac users can now enjoy support for hardware acceleration, something that will make the Steam app faster during use. The same update is also available on Steam, too,

The technical work in this update makes it possible to enable hardware acceleration for the Mac & Linux versions of Steam, bringing them up to par with Windows. You should see snappier animations, scrolling and more responsive UI.

Other improvements include a new notes feature for jotting down thoughts during a game and a redesigned in-game overlay that allows for more customizability than the previous versions of Steam.

Those who have Steam installed should be able to download the new version now. Valce will be hoping that by making the app easier to use people will browse its store and buy more games — something that was surprisingly infuriating with the old, slow version of the app.

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