Anyway to play Windows games on G5?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by falling, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. falling macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2006
    I hope this hasn't been asked a million times, but is there anyway to emulate Windows to be able to play graphic intense video games on a G5?

    I just recently got it, thinking that Apple wouldn't completely ditch their existing consumer base this hard this fast.

    My machine is more than powerful enough to run the games, its just a factor of being able to.
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Nope. You can get Virtual PC but it's an emulator and thus runs very, very slowly and can't handle the oomph required to run high-end games. It's really only useful for very light Windows use.

    Apple aren't ditching the consumer base, it's just that the G5, being a PowerPC processor, only supports emulation whereas the Intel processors allow for full, native Windows installation (Boot Camp) or virtualisation (Parallels) - both of which are a quantum leap ahead of emulation in terms of speed and graphics support. Parallels doesn't as yet support 3D acceleration but it's believed it will by the end of the year.

    It's not a case of Apple not enabling full Windows support on the G5, it's a case of the G5 simply not being able to do it.
  3. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
    fully agreed
  4. Mr. Mister macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2006
    Before the Intel transition, Macs were NEVER able to run Windows games. EVER. This isn't "Apple ditching their consumer base", it's you buying last-generation hardware and then expecting it to be able to do things that it couldn't do when it was new.
  5. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Um...they've not ditched anything - you could NEVER run windows games on a Mac. New technology has let you. Simple as.
  6. AnthonyKinyon macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2006
    Yes but not 3D games. Games like Solitaire should work fine under Virtual PC on a PowerPC CPU, but don't expect to run Doom 3 or something on there (the Windows version, I mean).

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