Minecraft on the 2016 MB

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How well does Minecraft run on your 2016 MacBook's and on which settings?

I ask as at the end of the year I'll be able to scrape together £1400 for a new Mac and it's the MB wit Apple Care in gold with the Core M5 OR a MacBook Pro space grey 13" with Apple Care. I have Student Discount so I get a lower price on both modes and half price Apple care but there is still a £200 price difference.

Minecraft is the only game I play and has been since 2011, it doesn't exactly demand a gaming PC but at the same time my concern is the fanless M5 under a few hours of gameplay. I currently have a mid-2012 MBP wit an i5 which still runs it excellently.

If I can get away with getting a MacBook and saving some money I will. But only you owners can advise me on that!
 

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Look, Minecraft works on pretty much anything, but things like shaders or maybe heavy texture packs are always a bit trickier. Standard Minecraft runs fine on the MacBook and MacBook Pro without Touch Bar.

The MacBook will get hot and that might reduce power, but I remember playing Minecraft without many issues on a standard 2015 MacBook. Wouldn't spend more money for just this, that would also mean getting a heavier, less portable machine. The Pro does have other advantages though.
 

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Look, Minecraft works on pretty much anything, but things like shaders or maybe heavy texture packs are always a bit trickier. Standard Minecraft runs fine on the MacBook and MacBook Pro without Touch Bar.

The MacBook will get hot and that might reduce power, but I remember playing Minecraft without many issues on a standard 2015 MacBook. Wouldn't spend more money for just this, that would also mean getting a heavier, less portable machine. The Pro does have other advantages though.
So you reckon the current M3 model is more than adequate?

I play vanilla MC online, but I am also aware MC gets a little more demanding over time? Maybe it won't be long before its a no go on the MB? Or am I completely wrong on that?
 

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So you reckon the current M3 model is more than adequate?

I play vanilla MC online, but I am also aware MC gets a little more demanding over time? Maybe it won't be long before its a no go on the MB? Or am I completely wrong on that?
I do not know of future updates or where Minecraft is headed. I had a MacBook last year and it worked back then.

You're buying Apple's most compact laptop and I think it's a great little machine. You're also buying Apple's slowest laptop so you just have to be aware of that. Passive cooling and the Core M processors just have their limit.

Oh, and definitely wait for the rumored April update! Even incremental upgrades like last year make a noticeable difference on these machines.
 
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I do not know of future updates or where Minecraft is headed. I had a MacBook last year and it worked back then.

You're buying Apple's most compact laptop and I think it's a great little machine. You're also buying Apple's slowest laptop so you just have to be aware of that. Passive cooling and the Core M processors just have their limit.

Oh, and definitely wait for the rumored April update! Even incremental upgrades like last year make a noticeable difference on these machines.
It will be in September - December roughly. I have time on my side to decide, and inside this year any April update, October spec-bump or sudden price drop Apple might release :)

I'm seriously considering the following:
- MacBook 12" Gold M3 (with Apple Care)
- MacBook Pro 13" Non-TB i5 (but no Apple Care)
- Alienware 13" i5QM (the screen puts me off not being FHD at that price!)
- Maybe a Lenovo ThinkPad for the keyboard and reliability..
 
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