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 Portal  Racks Up 1.5M Free Downloads On PC, Mac
Portal Racks Up 1.5M Free Downloads On PC, Mac
May 19, 2010 | By Chris Remo

May 19, 2010 | By Chris Remo
More: Console/PC

More than 1.5 million copies of Valve's acclaimed action puzzler Portal have been downloaded since the developer started offering the game as a free download to celebrate the launch of Steam's Mac client, the company said today.

Valve didn't provide a breakdown of how many downloads were of the PC version versus the Mac version. The game is one of a growing number of titles offered through the Steam distribution service that use the new "Steam Play" feature, giving players access to both the PC and Mac versions of compatible games with a single license.

Portal became free last week, and that promotion will continue through May 24, after which it will again be sold as normal.

Along with the 1.5 million figure, Valve provided a couple of rough statistics about its Mac users so far: Two thirds of them are running on laptops, and 11 percent of Steam purchases in the first week of the Mac client's availability have been for Mac.

Valve says it will soon expand its widely-reported Steam Hardware Survey, which compiles extensive data about the computers Steam players use to run their games, to Mac hardware as well.

Finally, the company offered one last stat sure to set plenty of game forums ablaze: Portal is one fifth as likely to crash when running on a Mac than it is when running on Windows.

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Maurício Gomes
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Portal is /THAT/ awesome.

Seriously, I got it pirated and finished in 4 hours (at the time I had no way to buy games...) and as soon as I got an international credit card, I bought it, and finished it again, TWICE (one normal run + one run with commentary). Then I downloaded the free "Portal Flash" map pack, and finished it too. Then I finished portal (normal) AGAIN...

That is the only game that I did so much repeated runs... It is so great, and awesome, and everything.

Curtis Turner - IceIYIaN
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My Source mod can be used with PortaL...

gus one
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The mac market is enormous for Valve. All they got to do is get Steam onto people's macs and before you know it they will all start impulse purchasing it's those deal...cannot resist....must buy game. They are going to make a hell of a lot of money out of this venture. P.S. Killing Floor is now out on the mac via Steam so what are you waiting for!

Alex Covic
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Agree that free Portal was a smart way to make Mac users install the Steam client (PC was a collateral minor damage).

The Steam Store was well designed and had nice first offers for Mac users.

Portal crashing less on Mac's - a typical Valve move. I reserve my BSD/Linux comments for the steampowered forums, as I do for some years now.

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Why does it still say that Portal is thirty bucks on Steam?

driver 01z
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It has a commentary you can turn on? I may have to play through yet again...

gus one
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I got it when I bought HL2 all those years back. Maybe I should actually take time out and play it.

Jonathan Davis
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The free download is at and it ends May 24, 2010.