Fusion or Parallels for gaming?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ccolaco, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. ccolaco macrumors 6502

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    Just want to know from experience which of these two programs have better gaming performance. Thanks.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Both will be "virtually" the same
    Meaning neither will be very good for gaming

    For best performance, run natively with BootCamp

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. dimme macrumors 65816

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  4. petvas macrumors 601

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    Run Windows natively, don't go with Virtualisation. Performance sucks...
     
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    ^ if you plan on playing older games (pre-2007) then virtualization is fine, Fusion works better in terms of benchmarks. If you plan on playing the latest and greatest, Boot Camp is your answer.
     
  6. Vivaldi macrumors member

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    From my experience, I can say that it definitely depends on the calibre and the age of the games you plan on using. From what I've seen, vmWare Fusion works fine with the 90s-era games that I have (Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight, SimCopter, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and a few others) but stumbles (or completely crashes) on the few 2000s-era games that are in my possession.

    Ultimately, if you're looking for a smoother, stable experience, then native Windows via Boot Camp is your best option. Otherwise, if the selection of games are considerably old such that the quality of the games wouldn't matter (such as in my case), then you could use Fusion for gaming.
     

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