Netscape Navigator Mar 3 @ 2:19pm
Steam for Windows 98, 95, 3.1 & OS 9
I'm into older computers and would love to be able to use Steam on earlier versions of Windows. I know that Steam used to support Windows 98, so I was hoping they could re-add support or make a separate client. Mac OS 9 support would be awesome too. Thoughts?
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Black Blade Mar 3 @ 2:21pm 
Well i think most moved by now... maybe better to update or try Linux or something XD

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Hempest Mar 3 @ 2:27pm 
Why would they waste time building stable clients for old verison of windows that no one uses anymore?
Netscape Navigator Mar 3 @ 2:29pm 
Originally posted by Hempest:
Why would they waste time building stable clients for old verison of windows that no one uses anymore?
Because GabeN loves all of his fans, regardless of the OS they use.
Black Blade Mar 3 @ 2:29pm 
Originally posted by Hempest:
Why would they waste time building stable clients for old verison of windows that no one uses anymore?
Well figers out someone dose use
But seening that BPM dose not work on XP i see it as low they will really work back to windows 98 or anything like that
Netscape Navigator Mar 3 @ 2:35pm 
Lord GabeN promised game ownership regardless of platform:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0Ta0g05tzY
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Black Blade Mar 3 @ 2:40pm 
Originally posted by Nakura Chambers:
Lord GabeN promised game ownership regardless of OS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxqu51mJpyc
I am not sure that is anything officel... any how

And that says platform not OS
Netscape Navigator Mar 3 @ 3:15pm 
Originally posted by Black Blade (Study again \(-.-)/:
Originally posted by Nakura Chambers:
Lord GabeN promised game ownership regardless of OS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxqu51mJpyc
I am not sure that is anything officel... any how

And that says platform not OS :D:
That's the official Half-Life 2 trailer on the Steam page. Technically Mac OS runs on an entirely different platform from Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. It wasn't until OS X that things started to become cross-compatible. =P
Fox Mar 3 @ 3:18pm 
Originally posted by Nakura Chambers:
I'm into older computers and would love to be able to use Steam on earlier versions of Windows. I know that Steam used to support Windows 98, so I was hoping they could re-add support or make a separate client. Mac OS 9 support would be awesome too. Thoughts?
Maintaining a certain version of the software REQUIRES that you put people who would know how to handle it.
You'd have to push updates from this version too, debug it along with the main Steam client...
For all these efforts to be worth, you need to have a sizable user base willing to use your product. That's the case for Linux and Mac users, whose lack of games are an unexploited mine gold for Steam.

Old Windows versions.... not so much. Their user base are, in fact, dwindling.
While XP still has an important user database (and is therefore the reason for Steam to keep an XP-compatible client), older versions are not only unsupported, but also negligeable.

So why would you allocate valuable resources to support that few users, whereas there are other fields that would make money if you give them enough resources ?
For a business point of view, it makes no sense.

Invalid.
☉ DustiestCaliber ☉ Mar 3 @ 6:25pm 
I agree this should be done. I don't want to lose my library in the future because an old game requires Windows XP, but I can only run Steam on Windows 10.3 or higher. If Steam supported older versions of Windows, I/we could run the older versions on a Virtual Machine.

This is a big problem for alot of people I'm sure.
Pewpewmoar Mar 4 @ 12:47am 
You know when you're troubleshooting games that don't work? One of the first things always asked is 'Do you have the latest graphics drivers installed?'

Nvidia's last video driver for Win 98 was in 2005.

I remember windows 98. Idon't want to go back there. Heck, I find XP bad enough now.
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