Play on Mac in 2021

Play on Mac in 2021
The line of computers produced by Apple was never strongly linked to the world of video games. When we talk about PC gaming we refer exclusively to the Windows platform, on which we find a truly huge stock of titles. So if you are thinking of buying a Mac or already own one, do you have to completely give up on video games? Absolutely not. Never before has Apple computers been able to play games like this year. In addition to the titles on the App Store that can give you many hours of entertainment, there are also numerous other services dedicated to gaming. For example, Apple Arcade offers through a monthly subscription a vast library of titles designed exclusively for Apple devices. However, there are also other excellent services, this time in streaming, such as Stadia, GeForce Now and others. So let's take a look at the current situation of gaming on macOS and in particular how we can use a Mac computer as a gaming machine.

Multiplatform games

Multiplatform video games are typically converted by the PC to arrive on Sony and Microsoft consoles. Often developers spend additional time during development to bring their creations also on Nintendo Switch and in rare cases even on Mac. Available on the App Store or directly on Steam and other digital stores, these titles undoubtedly deserve the interest of gamers for the their high quality. For example we can find Hades, the roguelite of Supergiant Games nominated for Game Of The Year 2020. Changing genre and passing to role-playing games we find the timeless Divinity: Original Sin II or the popular The Elder Scrolls Online. There is also no shortage of strategic, a genre particularly linked to computers. Among these we undoubtedly want to mention Civilization VI and the less popular Europa Universalis IV. Among the most sought after indies and games we find the very original Cuphead and other titles in two dimensions such as Hollow Kight and Dead Cells. There is also no shortage of free-to-play classics to play with friends online such as Fortnite, League of Legends, DOTA 2. Finally we want to mention other interesting games like the entire trilogy of the Tomb Raider reboot, Rocket League, Minecraft, Diablo III , Undertale, Stardew Valley and many others. If you are interested in finding out which other video games are available directly on Mac, you can take a look directly at the official page on Steam or simply open the App Store pre-installed on any version of macOS.

Hades: the protagonist It must be specified that some of these titles require a lot of computing power to be played on Mac. So, if you have some old MacBook Air or any other Apple computer without a dedicated video card, you might encounter some difficulties in playing video games. Often it will be enough to sacrifice some graphic details to fully enjoy the experience, other times the game will simply not be compatible with your machine and the digital store will warn you directly of this incompatibility. Similarly, you may encounter some problems with new Macs equipped with an M1 processor produced directly by Apple. Until all software is updated to support this new chip, there will be problems related to the real-time conversion entrusted to Rosetta 2. For more information, please read our special dedicated to Macs with M1 processor directly.

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Controller support

With the macOS Big Sur 11.3 version, support for Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 controllers will arrive. Currently it is already possible to connect the official pads of Xbox One and Dualshock 4, also wirelessly using Bluetooth pairing. At the release of the new macOS 11.3 version it will be possible to connect the new Dualsense and the Xbox Series X / S controllers in the same way. In addition to these pads for playing on Mac, we also find a large list of compatible MFi controllers, without considering those offered by various streaming services such as the official Stadia pad. Lovers of the classic mouse and keyboard will clearly be able to continue playing with this input method most of the video games on macOS, without the additional expense of purchasing a special pad.

Apple Arcade

Launched in 2019, Apple Arcade is a subscription service that grants access to a vast library of video games designed specifically for Apple's platforms. A bit like Xbox Game Pass at a fixed monthly price of only 4.99 euros, you can download the valid titles in the catalog directly on your Mac computers (but also on other devices such as iPhone, iPad and Apple TV) and play them unlimited as long as you subscribe to the service. Apple has made special agreements with developers to produce titles dedicated to Arcade, so that they do not have microtransactions or other game mechanics typical of the mobile sector. In fact, in Apple Arcade there are no pay-to-win or other similar games where with the use of money it is possible to progress quickly in the game.

Apple Arcade: the logo On the pages of we have several times proposed articles and reviews dedicated to Apple Arcade. Just recently we have prepared a selection of the best video games on the service. Among these we find, for example, The Last Campfire, an intriguing and enjoyable adventure game created by the developers of No Man's Sky, but also original titles such as Creaks with its very particular graphic style and a truly mysterious and disturbing puzzle game gameplay. Among the other pearls on the Apple service there is also Beyond The Steel Sky, What The Golf, Oceanhorn 2, Yaga and many others. You can try Apple Arcade for free for a month on your Apple devices, so if you are interested in some games for your Mac, but also iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, you can give them a chance.


Perhaps one of the most interesting prospects for gaming on macOS is gaming streaming services. The two most popular currently available on Mac are Google Stadia and GeForce Now. For those unfamiliar with this type of platform, they allow you to play the titles in their respective catalogs, directly in streaming, so without the need for a high-performance machine and without having to download the game on your computer. In fact, you just need to access the service (both have a free version), buy a video game from their catalog (or try the free-to-play ones) and start it with a simple click. The Google Stadia video game catalog can be found at this address. Among all the titles present we want to mention the hugely popular Cyberpunk 2077, which is presented in great shape on Stadia, thanks to a superior optimization as well as the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. There are also other thick video games that certainly do not need. presentations: Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Doom Eternal, Watch Dogs Legion and Destiny 2. In short, a beautiful catalog in continuous growth to which other multi-platform titles will certainly be added in the coming years. The prices are a bit high compared to competing digital stores, but we must remember that the service is available for free, so we will save on the purchase of a dedicated gaming machine.

Google Stadia allows you to play on a number of different devices GeForce Now instead offers us the performance of a gaming PC using Nvidia's servers directly. Once logged into our account on the platform, we can play games purchased on Steam, UPlay and Epic Games Store for free as if they were installed on a Windows computer. Be careful because not all games on these digital stores are actually compatible with GeForce Now. A detailed list of titles available for the Nvidia service can be found at this address. By subscribing to the paid version of the service you will get additional benefits such as graphics options related to Ray Tracing, resolutions higher than Full HD and a priority for accessing video games on Nvidia servers. GeForce Now users can enjoy a rather large catalog of video games, thanks to compatibility with third-party stores. There is no shortage of offers and discounts too, so it's definitely a good option to play on Mac.

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