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How to run PC games on a Mac

Christopher Minasians | July 5, 2016
You have the right to remain a gamer. Here's how to run your favourite Windows games on a Mac.

Having a Mac is fantastic, although sometimes we Mac owners are still left in the dark by developers, who choose not to make a game Mac-compatible.

Even if you have a high-spec Mac computer, you won't be able to run some of the Windows-only games. Thankfully there are ways to play Windows games on Mac. Read on to find out.

How to run PC games on a Mac: Use Boot Camp

Pros: Best Windows experience on a Mac.
Cons: Takes more hard drive space.

How to run PC games on a Mac - Windows

If you truly want the best Windows experience on a Mac, you should partition your hard drive using Boot Camp and run Windows 10 on a separate partition or drive. This does mean you will have to sacrifice hard drive space from your Mac in order to run Windows.

If you're going to be installing Windows on your Mac, we suggest running Windows 10, as you'll soon be able to play Xbox Play Anywhere games too. Meaning you'll be able to play both your favourite Windows and Xbox games on your Mac.

We also suggest allowing enough space on your Mac-Windows partition, as your games will take a considerable amount of space. For example, a game like Battlefield can take in excess of 40GB, so be warned. You can always change your partition size once you've sectioned off the drive, but it can create problems. See our guide onhow to partition your Mac's hard drive or SSD.

For a full guide on how to use Boot Camp and install Windows, we suggest checking our dedicated article on how to run Windows 10 on Mac using Boot Camp.

How to run PC games on a Mac: Use virtualisation software

Pros: Run Windows and Mac side-by-side.
Cons: Performance hit. Expensive.

How to run PC games on a Mac - Parallels

Using virtualisation software, allows you to run both Windows and Mac at the same time. This means you can switch between the operating systems at the click of a button.

The major downside to running virtual software for gaming is the performance hit you'll experience. Unlike Boot Camp, which runs the operating systems on two separate partitions, virtualisation software use the same partition to create a 'virtual desktop'. This means that gaming is severely hit by performance limitations, as your Mac still has to run another operating system in the background.

If you're looking to play certain games casually or have games that don't require a lot of powerful processing, then virtualisation software might be your best bet.


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