Steam and MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Scuba629, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    How many run steam on their MacBook airs? And if u do is it only on Mac or windows too?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    I run it both on Windows and OSX.

    Use Windows to play large games like Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, Borderlands, and Dawn Of War. It even runs Sonic Generations (just about).

    On OSX I only really install smaller games like Limbo, Plants v Zombies, and Super Meat Boy.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does it work well as a vm or parallels instance? Or should I install bootcamp?
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    I've never tried gaming using VMware, always had Boot Camp and it's great.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your help. Guess I'll be formatting my Mac tonight. Like a clean machine and now I have a window vm. Back to bootcamp I go!
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Portal 2 runs great on my 11'' 2012 through Lion + Steam.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    If you want to use it for games, you MUST go the boot camp route. You can still use the partition in a VM as well, but VMs aren't given full access to your video card so it wouldn't perform nearly as well.

    Also, although Steam is available for both PC and Mac, I would definitely say the PC version is much better.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh great! I didn't know u could use it as a VM as well! This is great news! Need to get home to format.
     
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    With VM with older games, I have to use VM because Windows 7 won't play a few of my games even with compatibility settings like Star Trek Academy, Star Trek Armada. I did play Crysis on a VM on my iMac 2010 was it played better than a PC I had in 2009. I get my Macbook Air 2012 today and will see what VM does for me with gaming. I know that Dead Island won't work in VM when I run Windows 7 that that might be a DirectX 11 issue.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    i run steam on mac. I find myself playing L4D2 all the time!

    On VMWare Fusion I don't use steam.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't have a steam account yet but I'm told it's the thing to have. So im making one when I get home.

    Don't know if I will play many games on windows but its always nice to have the option.
     

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