Crossover for Mac vs Parallels Desktop 5 for gaming?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by CSilver, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. CSilver macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2009
    Hello, I have a Unibody Macbook and was wondering which one would be a better choice to do occasional gaming. Please do not suggest using Bootcamp since I have tried it before and didn't like the whole restart the computer after done playing the game.

    I heard crossover is great for gaming but Parallels 5 came out recently so was wondering if it has any improvements.

    Thank you in advance!
  2. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2008
    Virtual Machines are not made for gaming. All the hardware is virtual, meaning that it is no even close to as powerful as the native hardware. While I've gotten a few games to run in VMWare Fusion, they never run at full speed. While the newest versions of Fusion and Parallels have enhanced graphical support, I am not sure if they will be able to game any better. Most of the enhancements have been to enable full support for Windows 7 and all its fancy graphical "stuff".

    Crossover Games is good for a handful of gaming applications. It will use the native hardware to run the game, so its your best bet for playing most modern games. It all depends on what you want to play. Check the compatibility section of Codeweaver's website to see what games will work. Since you are running a MB, I wouldn't expect to run anything too powerful (or anything cranked up to High on graphics). The only thing about it that sucks is you need to buy a "subscription" to the software every year to continue getting updates. Originally, I wasn't keen on spending $40 a year to play a handful of games, but I lucked out with last year's Lame Duck giveaway (gave out all Crossover versions for free) and feel in love with it. I lucked out that most of the games I play (Guild Wars, Megaten: Imagine) were fully compatible with CrossOver Games

    BootCamp is still the best way to game on a Mac. I understand you not wanting to reboot every time you want to play something, but its the only way to play the latest and greatest.

    PS If you do end up getting Crossover Games, I would recommend getting it soon. CodeWeaver us running a "Its not free" sale ATM which give a 50% discount on (I believe) all CrossOver versions.
  3. katorga macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2006
    Beg to differ

    I have both Parallels 5 and Fusion 3, and am running Parallels full time now. It is useful for gaming within some limitations. I run almost all of my old games in parallels desktop: Wizardry 8, Planescape Torment, etc. Some new games work as well.

    I hated parallels 2-4, but 5 is pretty darned nice and very, very fast. Its 3D support is faster and more stable than Fusion 3, although Fusion 3 is more stable over all.

    I use crossover for Guildwars, and it runs at near native speeds.
  4. MotleyPete macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2008
    No idea how it fairs for games, but since it's free, VirtualBox is always worth a try.

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