Naive question

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by fgduthie, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. fgduthie macrumors member


    Jan 21, 2015

    Got a MacBook at the turn of the year and wanting to purchase some games. Is it possible to use a Xbox/PS controller with the mac? And can you get digital downloads of games or does it have to be using Discs?

    As I say, naive questions

  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    Both controller types are possible to use in OS X. The PS 3 one simply connects via Bluetooth and can be used in many games straight away. Xbox controllers need a driver to properly work in the majority of games but they're readily available and easy to configure. For ease of use and compatibility I would suggest getting a genuine Microsoft 360 unit as many 3rd party models don't work properly.

    Games for Mac are, for the most part, available in all the same formats as their Windows counterparts. You just need to be sure that the game you want is available for play on OS X. For example, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City can be played on OS X but Arkham Origins cannot. Fortunately, GOG and Steam (the two most popular digital distribution services) make it very clear which games can be played on OS X.
  3. Eightarmedpet macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2013
    London's famous London
    Go download steam. It's a great games distribution app/store.
    I use a wired Xbox controller and I'm pretty sure no extra drivers were required, steam sorts all that.
  4. fgduthie thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 21, 2015
    Brilliant, cheers everyone. I shall look into Steam and see what is available. Thanks again for your help

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