MacBook Pro Gaming

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dowsett94, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. dowsett94 macrumors newbie

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    Evening,

    Ive just purchased a Macbook Pro 13' Retina Display.

    And I was looking to download a game e.g Total War , Shogun 2 , Rome etc

    I wondered wether firstly whether its a good idea to download a game on this laptop and what one is best to download that won't crash and has decent graphics and won't take up loads of memory!

    Thanks for help in advance.
     
  2. Algus macrumors regular

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    I have had good luck running Total War series on my Macs but even Napoleon and Empire can chug a little bit if I turn settings up. Campaign map works fine but large scale battles can definitely stress the system. You can reduce visual settings and troop scale and Shogun runs pretty good.
     
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Read the system requirements for the games you are likely to play?
     
  4. v3nom macrumors member

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    You might be able to play, but definitely not on high settings.
     
  5. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    I play Civilization: Beyond Earth and Diablo III a lot on my 2015 rMBP 13" model, and I crank the settings up pretty high. Both games run fine. I don't play any FPS games on it or anything--I do most of my gaming on the PS4.

    The only thing that sucks about it is that the fans spin up pretty high, and the laptop gets fairly hot.
     
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    ^ This. That's why the provide them.
     
  7. Spudlicious macrumors 6502

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    I really think a voice of experience such as spiderman0616 provides is more helpful to the OP than listed system requirements.
     
  8. bo-waleed macrumors 6502

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    Is that okay ? will it harm the laptop.

    I am planning to play a lot and a lot of Rocket league (bootcamp) on my future MBP.
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    No. It will not harm the computer. It's programmed to take care of itself, if it ever overheats, it'll shut down. It won't happen, ever.
     
  10. friedkimchi macrumors regular

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    I don't think Rocket League will run smoothly on the 13. Even the 15" with dGPU have trouble running them at medium.
    The more you game, the faster the fans will die out from spinning too much. . .
     
  11. greglo macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I bought my first MBP in 2006 (November), a second in 2009 (June), and this current one in 2011 (November). In that time it's been my only computer, and I've played thousands of hours of games, including most major releases (e.g. Battlefield, Bioshock, Stalker, Call of Duty, Company of Heroes, Shogun Total War, The Witcher, Tomb Raider, etc.)

    My first computer was problem-free; my second got a loose fan (a simple repair), but unfortunately the Nvidia graphics card was faulty and at the end made the screen turn people. This current one had its Hard Drive die 6 months ago, but remember we are talking 4 years of daily, continuous and extensive use. Not a bad record? I always used Windows-Bootcamp, but since I got the SSD put in I only game on OS X.

    Ultimately I think it's about expectations. These computers are expensive and should be held to a high standard. If the computer died because you played a game for 2 hours at night then you have a bad product from a bad company; but Apple, as much as they irritate me sometimes, are not a bad company, and their products are not bad products.

    More and more games are on OS X, and this is a good thing. One problem is the poor driver support. Another is underclocked graphics cards that further throttle themselves when in intensive use. I'm not certain if the current model is affected, but I don't think I ever noticed it on any of mine.

    Steve Jobs never cared about games, and this legacy is largely continued. Unfortunately many customers have some-sort of Stockholm Syndrome and now just accept that "Macs aren't good for games".

    Yet there is no particular reason to think this. A typical response is that you should build a gaming PC, because gamers need the most expensive stuff to render the best visuals. But the Steam hardware survey shows that most gamers have only average hardware and upgrade in around 4 year cycles. Another suggestion is to buy a console. But consoles, even at release, do not have exceptional hardware, and so most games still look and run better on a computer. Many AAA games upon release (Fear, Stalker, Crysis, etc) were unable to be played at high resolutions even with the best hardware. It's unrealistic to expect a laptop like the MBP to be able to run new games at high resolutions and high detail. But the point is, this is an unrealistic expectation for most gamers.

    TL; DR

    So go ahead and play all the games you want. Keep the power plugged in if you can, and the computer cool too. If the game is slow, turn down some settings. (Shadows, Anti-aliasing, and SSAO especially).

    Don't forget to have fun. :)

    My Steam profile: (remember I play non-Steam games too).

    http://steamcommunity.com/id/gregith/games/?tab=all
     
  12. bo-waleed macrumors 6502

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    So there is no chance I would be able o play RL in 60fps on the next Skylake 13'' rMBP ? even with lowest setting.
     
  13. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    The chips haven't been released yet so no one knows how good the graphics are going t be in real life yet so no one can answer your question. The tech specs show that the 13 inch rMBP will get up to a 40% graphics increase with sky lake, what that translates to with gaming is anyone's guess though.
     

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