OS X Parallels 8 gaming performance as good as it looks?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by lightz39, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I was just watching a video on youtube of someone playing Star Wars the old republic via parallels running at 50-60 fps. I know this game isn't a monster but its one I'd like to play. Is emulation really come this far? Will having 16gb of ram help with this?
     
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    Jaguarxl

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    I'm playing Borderlands 2 on parallels. Full graphics and all... I don't think I'm running at 60fps, but I can play very well without major problems.
    I'm doing that until aspyr releases the new patch so I can play with my pc fellows!

    That's the setup I came up to play:
    Windows 8 Pro
    4 cores (I have an i7 CPU)
    8gb ram
    1gb video
    Max performance while running parallels
     
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    Quick question for you. How are you running Borderlands 2 on Parallels? I can't get it to load. I fire up Steam, load the game, and nothing happens. No splash screen, nothing. It's like I never tried to run it. :(
     
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    Dirtyharry50

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    I am curious why you'd bother with this when the game is Steamplay and surely the OS X version would perform better than the Windows one in a virtual machine on the same hardware.
     
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    NMF

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    He pretty much stated why in his post -- the Mac and PC versions of Borderlands 2 are currently segregated in multiplayer and he has friends he likes to play with on PC.
     
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    If the Mac and Windows versions of the software are the same, Steam allows for cross-platform multiplayer. This is not possible with the MAS version of the game.
     
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    Dirtyharry50

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    I was replying to WilliamG.
     
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    i run into a basic problem when trying to play using parallels and steam. when i use parallels 9 with my boot camp partition, it works fine but internet doesnt work.

    when i use it with a separate small test parallels installation internet works fine, so it must be related to bootcamp, but due to that steam wont run and games cant be played so i cant tell
     
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    Answered indeed, below. The Mac/PC versions don't share anything.

    Still no idea how to make it load in Parallels 9 + Windows 7. Very sad. :(
     
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    casperes1996

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    Versions

    Just to clarify a bit, because the current posts are a bit confusing (at least to me). It is possible to play cross platform trough Steam, with games like Borderlands, but only when both are on the same version. Aspyr is a bit behind when it comes to update cycles, so if a patch is released on Windows, you can't play Mac-Windows, until Aspyr updates to the same version number, even if the patch only solves Windows issues. (When the game tries to make a multiplayer session, it checks if the string for the version number is the same, and if it is not, the connection will not be made).
     
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    Dirtyharry50

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    That is a good point and I was aware of that but I thought Aspyr tends to resolve version inconsistencies in a fairly timely manner. I can see how that might be fine with me and not good enough for someone else who wants to play with friends playing the Windows version very frequently though.
     
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    Janichsan

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    All the Borderlands 2 patches in the last year or so were released concurrently for Windows and Mac, so that issue is virtually non-existant.
     
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    casperes1996

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    I was unaware

    I was unaware of this. Civilization V usually has a little lag time when it comes to Mac updates, so that's what I based my comment on. I thought it was the case with BL2 as well, especially since the previous posts used it as an argument.
     
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    roadbloc

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    I would not reccomend gaming in a virtual machine unless the game is at least five year old.
     
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    mintfan7200

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    Virtual Machines usually do not run games as good as in bootcamp , but you can still get good performance in a virtual machine it has gotten a lot better over the years but it depends on how old your mac is and how much ram and what kind of video card you have .
     
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    Can't agree with that. Two examples of games running perfectly in Parallels for me are Dishonored and Skyrim.
     

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