Macs and gaming (mostly with steam)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by eclipse01, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

    eclipse01

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    I'm new to mac computers but figure since everything else in my house is Apple might as well try their computers as well.

    has gaming gotten any better in the world of macs? Or is the vast majority still only PC?

    with a google search I saw that PS4/Xbox One controllers are plug and play just like on a PC so that is nice...

    PS this can be moved to "buying tips and advice" if a mod sees this post.
     
  2. ivoruest macrumors 6502

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    There are a bit more ports to the Mac these days. Plus, Steam has plenty of games for you to choose. Still PC is the way to go for gaming. But remember, you can always install Windows via Bootcamp and have the best of both worlds. Mac's hardware is not the latest nor the greatest but it sure can handle a lot of games at descent FPS.

    If you plan on gaming, then I would recommend you go for the iMac. Is the best value for money option with highest specs available. Just take into account that gaming at 5k will not be a pleasant experience.
     
  3. iRoranik macrumors newbie

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    If you want to play the newest AAA titles on a Mac, then there's no way around installing Windows via Bootcamp. But on the other hand, there are more and more games being released for Mac OS X aswell. My Steam library currently contains 31 games, with 13 of them being available for Mac aswell (although I didn't purchase any of them specifically for playing on Mac). So if you're more of a casual and patient gamer and don't care too much for any specific games in particular, then there's lot of stuff to play in the Mac App Store, on Steam and from other sources.

    Since you wrote Steam in the title, I assume you already have a (probably not too small) Steam library, and you might happen to already own some games that can be played on Mac aswell, and can just install them on a Mac via your Steam account, which is nice.

    You should keep in mind though that Macs are in no way made specifically for gaming. Most Macs contain either only an integrated GPU, or a (for the price) relatively weak mobile GPU, or both. The entry-level iMacs or MacBooks don't even come close to a PS4 in terms of running games, let alone a gaming rig that you can purchase for the same price as a $1000+ Mac.

    Therefore, it really depends on how much of a gamer you are, and what you're gonna use the machine for. If you want a computer primarily for gaming, and consider a Mac just because many other of your/your family's devices are from Apple, then don't buy a Mac. You can already get an amazing, upgradable gaming rig for the same money instead.

    But if you're thinking about buying a Mac for your general work/freetime, and you would just casually play games and don't care about having the best graphics or the newest big titles, then a Mac might be a good idea (depending on how good a Mac would generally fit your needs). There are more and more titles for Mac from the Mac App Store and from Steam that you can play right on your Mac, and Bootcamp allows you to also play games not available for Mac OS X.

    (And because you mentioned controllers: yes, I could easily pair my PS4 controller via Bluetooth to my MacBook, and I assume plugging it in works fine too. I haven't tried a lot of games with it though, and from what I've heard, several Mac games don't work with a controller right out of the box, so you might need to search for additional drivers/software that allows to map controller buttons to keys for use with certain games. But you can definitely get it to work under Mac too for all or most of your games.)
     
  4. eclipse01 thread starter macrumors 68020

    eclipse01

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    I am NOT that hardcore of a gamer, but I do like the occasional "indie" games on Steam. I stick to my PS4 for the bulk of my gaming.
     
  5. iRoranik macrumors newbie

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    Ok :) Yes, there are a lot of indie titles or, more generally speaking, "smaller" or older titles for Mac OS X, and also many fun free (or free-to-play) games. If you for example enjoy the monthly PS+ games on the PS4, then you can find a lot of similar stuff for Mac aswell.
     

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