Bootcamp vs. Parallels for gaming -- others?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by 8thMan, May 28, 2007.

  1. 8thMan macrumors regular

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    I will be purchasing an MBP shortly for college. I would like to be able to do a bit of gaming in both OSX and Windows and was wondering if Parallels is a better choice over Bootcamp -- I have heard mixed opinions regarding both. Thanks.
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Parallels is not good for modern gaming as it cannot do 3d graphics.
     
  3. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

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    Parallels is great for running apps. but not for gaming. As swift pointed out, it will not utilize your GPU which is reallly important in gaming.
     
  4. 8thMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay -- that's helpful information, thanks. Is Bootcamp the best option out there?
     
  5. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    For games under Windows, Bootcamp is the only option.
     
  6. psychofreak Retired

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    Unless the games you want will work in Crossover :)

    Or VMWare's Fusion if the requirements are low enough...
     
  7. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Fair point, I guess I was meaning if you want to run the best games without restriction :) But yeah, if the game is older, less graphically intensive then there are other options.
     
  8. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    is crossover actually stable, because i didn't think it support all applications :confused:
     
  9. Chone macrumors 65816

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    Unless you are playing Satan Sam then Bootcamp is the way to go simply because Parallels doesn't support 3D acceleration, you could run old 2D games though and what I've tried of Jimmi's stuff has worked as well.
     
  10. 8thMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone. Looks like Bootcamp is the way to go then. :)
     
  11. psychofreak Retired

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    It doesn't, but the list is gradually increasing, here is the list of supported applications :)
     
  12. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    I love how that list has no search feature. :(

    (or did I miss it)
     
  13. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    nice, alot more applications have been added since i last viewed that application
     

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