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Old Nov 14, 2014, 11:53 AM   #1
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Steam Streaming and Local Gaming MacBook Pro

Hello,

I have a few questions about the late 2013 MacBook Pro w/750m vs the model with just the iGPU Retina Display.

(1) Am I able to use Steam's in-home streaming from my PC gaming rig to the MacBook Pro without any issues, or do I need to stream on the same OS/format? For example, does it need to be PC to PC or Mac to Mac, or can it be PC to Mac?

(2) Can I play Steam games on a MacBook Pro locally? What I mean is can I install Steam account on a MacBook Pro and play the games in my Steam library, or are the OS specific?

(3) I don't plan on playing too much on the Mac locally. Most of the stuff will be streaming, if that is possible. However, I would not mind playing some older games. Will the 750m be much more powerful than the Intel graphics? I mean, is it worth the price increase?

I am mainly going to be using the Mac for work (web development and design - Adobe Creative Cloud products), with one 1080p external monitor. However, I would like to use it as my entertainment device as described above...well, plus video and movie watching, as well.

I hope that made some sort of sense. Thank you in advance for any and all help.
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Old Nov 14, 2014, 12:42 PM   #2
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1) Windows to Mac home streaming is supported, so you can play your gaming PC's games on OS X.

2) Just about any game in your Steam library that has an OS X port and is listed as Steamplay compatible can be downloaded through the OS X client and played locally without having to purchase them again. The lone exception I'm aware of is Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is available through Steam on the Mac, but it's a separate game from the Windows version. After you've installed and signed in with the Mac client, go into the "Library" menu and select "Mac" from the list to see which of your games are available. There are several titles that have been released for the Mac but are not available through Steam. Batman: Arkham Asylum is one of them. My Windows copy is through Steam, but I had to purchase the Mac port through the App Store.

3) The 750M is vastly more powerful than the Iris Pro and is capable of playing modern titles at medium to high settings at 1080p resolution. If you're only going to play older games (more than 5 years old), the Iris Pro will suffice.
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Old Nov 14, 2014, 12:57 PM   #3
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1) Windows to Mac home streaming is supported, so you can play your gaming PC's games on OS X.

2) Just about any game in your Steam library that has an OS X port and is listed as Steamplay compatible can be downloaded through the OS X client and played locally without having to purchase them again. The lone exception I'm aware of is Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is available through Steam on the Mac, but it's a separate game from the Windows version. After you've installed and signed in with the Mac client, go into the "Library" menu and select "Mac" from the list to see which of your games are available. There are several titles that have been released for the Mac but are not available through Steam. Batman: Arkham Asylum is one of them. My Windows copy is through Steam, but I had to purchase the Mac port through the App Store.

3) The 750M is vastly more powerful than the Iris Pro and is capable of playing modern titles at medium to high settings at 1080p resolution. If you're only going to play older games (more than 5 years old), the Iris Pro will suffice.
Perfect! That is what I needed to know. I think that I may go for the 750m, not just for gaming, but for work purposes, as well.

Thanks!
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