7. June 2011 16:37
It has always been a difficult call to make – should we support Mac? Previously it was difficult to justify, especially because we produce gaming products: despite Apple’s assurances to the contrary many times over the years, the Mac platform just wasn’t particularly well supported with games. A lot of people ended up using Bootcamp to install Windows and use that to play the games that otherwise wouldn’t have been supported, which just added another nail to the coffin of Mac support. But then last year a couple of things happened; firstly Valve announced Mac support for their Steam platform. It’s still early days at the moment in terms of the number of titles available (compared to the Windows version, anyway), but that alone has given access to a number of top rate games. Secondly, Apple themselves released their own App Store and whilst gaming isn’t its prime focus, given its similarity to the iOS App Store, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be another avenue for people to get access to and get into games.
But something else occurred last year. As you know, we released the R.A.T. and it’s designed primarily as a gaming product, but we got a lot of feedback that went something like this: “Can I use the R.A.T. just to do work with? I love the design of it but I never play games so I just wondered if I’d be able to use it for normal stuff?” I’m paraphrasing there, obviously, but it highlighted the fact that the design of the R.A.T. was touching more than just hardcore gamers. Then of course we started getting inundated with requests for Mac support – by the boatload – and if you then work it through to the fact that a lot of Mac users do just use their computers for productivity it then became a no-brainer.
So, without further ado, we’re proud to announce the availability of the drivers for the R.A.T.3, 5, 7 and 9 for the Mac. You’ll need a minimum of OS10.6.6 and at launch we’ve got language support for English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.