Star Trek Online client for Mac goes into open beta

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Date: Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 08:15
Category: Announcement, Desktop Mac, Fun, Game, Mac, Mavericks, News, Software

STO_shieldHere’s one for the gamers out there, especially the one that bought a Windows box just to play Star Trek Online (STO). Earlier this week, following the Official Star Trek Convention in San Francisco (which was actually held in Burlingame), Cryptic Studios finally released their long awaited client for the Mac. Currently, the client is in open beta status and works with the normal game environment;

“Players who utilize the Mac client will be playing on Holodeck, the same server that our PC players play on, allowing them to team up with their friends and fleetmates to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Mac requirements for the game:

  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • CPU: Intel Dual Core Xeon 3.0 GHz / Intel Core i Series 2.4 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB+
  • Hard Disk: 10GB Free Disk Space
  • Graphic Display: Intel HD3000 / Nvidia 9600M / AMD HD2600 with 256MB+ VRAM
  • Network: Internet Broadband Connection Required

I’m currently running it on a Early 2008 3.06 GHz Intel Core Duo iMac with 6 GB RAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS 512 MB, that is running Mavericks. Except for the occasional video glitch, which sometimes requires a relaunch of the client to fix, sometimes not, it seems to run pretty well. I might be able to retire my PC now. =)  I also need to find a joystick that plays well with the Mac, although I have read that PlayStation 3 controllers work pretty seamlessly via BlueTooth. If you haven’t tried the game yet, you should, and it’s totally Free to Play since last year. If you’re someone who’s jumping up and down about this announcement, let us know how it’s working on YOUR Mac, and possibly give me some game controller advice.

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2 Responses to “Star Trek Online client for Mac goes into open beta”

  1. I downloaded it two days ago and it just isn’t playable at the Sol Starbase. After just 5-10 minutes, it freezes and has to be force quit. The launcher for the application usually fails the first or second time I click it to log in.

    I have the top end BTO 27″ mid-2010 iMac with 8 GB RAM. I’m hoping that this is something that will eventually be fixed with patched files and the shard maintenance they seem to be doing quite often.

  2. Check out their forum for info on bugs in the Mac beta. http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=910551

    So far I haven’t had any freezes, just video glitches, however a few times the mouse cursor disappeared and I ‘thought’ it had crashed. I have also had the launcher failures.