How might the MacBook Air handle BF3?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by XX55XX, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    May 17, 2009
    Although the new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air is pricey, I am thinking about using it as an on-the-go gaming laptop for BF3. (I commute to the university from my home.)

    Has anyone tried playing Bad Company 2 (seeing that BF3 will run on a similar engine) on their new MacBook Air yet? If so, would some here kindly post the results?
  2. macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2007
    Not even close. Typical framerates at medium detail cannot even reach 27fps. If you need a gaming system, you really have to step up to a 15" with discrete graphics. HD3000 does not cut it for FPS for the most part.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    May 17, 2009
    Ah well... Guess we'll have to wait until Ivy Bridge...
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    ha! Not even. Unless ivy bride's integrated solution is ten times faster you won't be doing much gaming on it.

    Honestly for something like gaming on the go you will have to consider a Windows laptop. Like m11x.
  5. macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2010
    Or go with the Sony Z-series with the power media dock for gaming, expensive though.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    That wouldn't work for gaming on the go...

    I doubt it will run at any playable rate. BF3 uses a much upgraded engine from bad company with much improved physics/demolition and rendering. I'm wondering if it will be playable on my 15" 2010 MBP. Probably on low settings.
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2010
    True, won't be useful for portable gaming. But with the power media dock's amd 6650 gpu im pretty sure it will be more than playable, though probably not on high settings.
  8. macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2010
    Short answer: it won't.

    If you really intend to enjoy the latest games, you need a Windows-based desktop with a reasonably new mid to high end GPU. No less will suffice.
  9. macrumors 6502

    I am Sampson

    Sep 16, 2007
    Plymouth, UK
    Lol... not even a chance... and you really can't judge BF3 from BF2, it's not a similar engine at all in terms of performance, but even if it were... not a chance at any level that looks half good and plays smooth enough that you can be half good.
    Air isn't for gaming, sorry - by all means try it if you get one for another reason, but if the answer changes your decision on wether to get one or not, then you shouldn't be looking at the air in the first place imo.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
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    It's not the same engine as 2 this one is much more demanding however on the lowest settings it may be playable in bootcamp. Alienware has a nice 11 inch for $699 with dedicated graphics and weighs 3-4 pounds closest gaming machine you will get to the Air kinda want one deep down.

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