Bootcamp, cross over or parallels

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by zali0n, Dec 30, 2006.

  1. zali0n macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2006
    Kent, UK
    Guys and girls :)

    I'm in need of some advice i've got a few old PC games that i'd like to play on my MBP however I'm not sure which is the easiest route to go with. I know that with crossover only a *few* games are supported and my best bet would be to install bootcamp however i don't really want to have to install a full blown copy of windows on my machine!

    What's the pro's and con's of each?

    thx for your time :D
  2. blaster_boy macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2004
    If the games are 2D affairs, you could use parallels - the latest beta build allowed my son to play some of his games.

    If they are 3D games, bootcamp is I think for now the only SURE option... Parallels is supposedly working on adding 3D support in an upcoming build, and CrossOver Office only works for a few.

    However, you could always download the trial editon of crossover office and try it yourself.
  3. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Install bootcamp. Buy parallels. You can use your bootcamp partition for parallels, and dual-boot when you need games.
  4. H&Kie macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2004
    If you're gonna use Parallels, you'll have to do a complete Windows install anyways, whether combined with bootcamp or not. If you use a sole install in Bootcamp, Windows will support (almost) all of your hardware directly, whilst Parallels still has to emulate parts like the graphics card. On the other hand, Parallels offers an expanding hard drive, using only the amount of space your virtual hard drive needs. Bootcamp will use all of the space it's given when creating the Windows partition
  5. Mac'Mo macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    i posted a similar question like this and the response i got was "Boot Camp is really the only option when it comes to games"

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