Best virtualization Software for Gaming

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Xander562, May 15, 2008.

  1. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    Title says it all, I've seen videos of people playing things like Team Fortress 2 and the like on virtual windows machines in OSX. I'm also fed up with having to restart into Windows just to play a game. What are the trade offs? Will I get good preformance? Which virtualization software is the best?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You really want to reboot into Windows for gaming.
     
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  4. aki macrumors 6502a

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    ...no you wont get good performance

    i think virtual win is ok for specific game which is old or where fps is not important but its tru for serious games reboot is the only way.......people said that vmware fusion was bit faster in vista and xp was better for parallels....but they are both updating v fast with directx and so on so maybe there is no rule
     
  5. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    TF2 does not play well in VMWare or Parallels if at all. Even Beta 2 of VMWare it's not that great.

    It does play 'ok' in Crossover but best performance is Bootcamp.
     
  6. Siron macrumors 6502

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    I've found that games that require a good GPU will not run well (if at all) in a virtual machine because of the virtual video card drivers. Stick with BC.
    Alan
     
  7. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Crossover Games (which isn't strictly virtualisation - it's a WINE implementation) is probably the fastest way to do it - all supposing your game is actually supported.

    Otherwise, the gaming experience under VMWare or Parallels is pretty miserable unless the game is an elderly one (a lot won't run at all as DirectX support is limited - those that do are generally sloooooooow). Boot Camp is really the way to go here...
     
  8. jsgrabo macrumors regular

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    ^^^^ some games run great in crossover. Last night I played counter strike for a few hours with no problems. City of heroes runs pretty well too. but again, if your serious about gaming, go with bootcamp. crossover works but i want more. im backing up a few things and then im off to setup xp in bootcamp.
     

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