Should I install boot camp so I can play windows games?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by ugr, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. ugr macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    Because there are more windows games than Mac games, I was thinking of installing bootcamp so I can play both windows and Mac games, but I'm worried it'll take up a lot of space on my MacBook pro. How much space will bootcamp take up?
  2. Deedolito macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2010
    Hey there,

    32GB of disk space for pure Windows 7 with all updates installed.

    Nowadays additional 25GB per game at least, right? :D


    EDIT: That is 32GB with disabled swapfile ;-)
  3. TonsOfFun420 macrumors member

    May 10, 2012
    That is what I do. I created a 250gb partition on my 1tb hard drive so I would have room for games. But I hate having to restart my computer all the time to switch OS, so I am interested in what other people have to say.
  4. divamatt macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2012
    Short answer: Yes. If you're an avid gamer who has an appreciation for picture quality, responsiveness and lack of bugginess, I would recommend you use bootcamp.

    I tried gaming in OSX, but found that the selection of games was poor, the ports were often buggy and, even for those games that are natively scripted for OSX (e.g. Blizzard) the opengl rendering made those games look awful oncreen.

    If you're a casual gamer, it shouldn't make a difference, but I'm guessing that's not the case if you're here asking us our opinion, right? :D

    I'm with you that it's annoying to have to switch OSes, but that's the price to pay for quality gaming on a mac. To be honest, I find that I no longer spend any time in OSX anymore, as a result. Also, it should be noted that Windows has made big strides in useability and stability. I would say it's mostly on par with OSX, but I'm not a "power-user"
  5. labars macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2011
    Don't do it! Once you start gaming on Windows, you will realize how crappy the game performance actually is on OSX on most games(not to mention the horrible mouse tracking). I can hardly play any games on OSX any more, so whenever I want to play Starcraft II I use bootcamp, even though Starcraft II is fully supported by OSX. Ignorance is bliss I guess ^^.

    If you just play a few casual games for fun though, there's really no need to install bootcamp IMO.
  6. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    not worth the headache of taking care of a whole other OS and using up like 100gb of space... If I cannot get a game to run in OSX (even on my own with Wineskin) then I simply will never play the game, and I'm fine with that.
  7. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    If your not a hard-core gamer that decries "if your not running maxed out settings then you aren't really gaiming" :D , you might consider Crossover. Its a wrapper system that takes up little space on its own, so it just comes down to the install size of the individual games on disk.

    I use Crossover to run games like COD MW2 & 3 with decent settings and framerates. I prefer it to VM's and multiple OS partitions. Otherwise, I lean towards OS X native games.

    Oh, and the recurring cost of Crossover is way cheaper than licensing Windows :)
  8. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    That's my experience, if you want to really play the Windoze games, you have to do it natively. I held out as long as I could, and when I crossed over to that dark another poster said, I finally realized how crappy gaming was in OS X. That's ok, I use my Mac to get real work done, and not play games!
  9. El Awesome macrumors 6502

    El Awesome

    Jul 21, 2012
    I have a 100GB partition on my MBP and 3 games (BF3, BF BC2 and CoD Black Ops) as well as some software (WinRar, Antivir, Daemon Tools and stuff like this) installed. No photos or such things. The 100GB are almost full.

    On my Mac Pro I have one 128GB SSD with the system and BF3 and BF BC2, and the user on a 640GB HDD.
  10. Hackfix21 macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2011
    You can choose how much HD space to allocate to Windows when you set up Bootcamp. I set it at 80GB which works fine for me - I only have an Nvidia 9400 so can't really run the latest (most space hungry) games anyway. I've got about a dozen games installed and 15GB space left.
  11. Wardenski macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2012
    It only takes a few minutes to restart surely. Would you rather wait a few moments or pay more and wait longer for poorly supported, buggy Mac ports?

    Mind you, Windows 7 does take a lot of space and most modern games require 10 GB or more.
  12. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    After you do it you will want to have a dedicated PC. Also you will always allocate less disk space than you need.
  13. vkd macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2012
    Try an emulator

    I would suggest an emulator like VMWare Fusion. It's now in v5 for Mountain Lion and my experience with Tomb Raider Underworld in virtual win7 is that it's virtually (heheh) the same as playing in native. For me, much more preferable to rebooting all the time. (I know this game's been ported to OS X now but I'm talking about the windows version here.) Another thing is I don't know why everyone's slagging OS X for gaming, I've played Bioshock on Lion and it worked great. For me, Fusion's better for windows games than Crossover, which is a bit hit 'n' miss even in this day 'n' age.
  14. TheGreatWumpus macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2012
    I'm an avid Mac & Windows gamer. I just have a 100gig partition with Windows 7 which allows me to have several games at once and some space left over.

    I'd recommend doing a 50gig partition on your MBP if you are worried about too much space. That would allow you 2-3 games at a time depending on their size.
  15. SyncFx macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    500GB HDD. Split 250 250. <3 I love gaming, just not on OS X. Boo earns.
  16. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    I bought Windows and did the Bootcamp partition and am happy. Now if I don't want to wait for a Mac OS version I can get the windows version right away. I made a 100 GB partition and wish I had made it bigger. I just put Guild Wars 2 on it and had to delete a few games to make it fit. But I have 1,000 GB to play with on my iMac and 350 GB left over on the Mac side with the partition I chose. I should have gone 200 GB on Windows partition. I don't want to do it all again, so I will just juggle some games that are Steam downloads.

    A 50GB partition is going to be too small unless you are just going to play one top end game at a time and never want to go back to it once you start a new game. Go bigger or don't bootcamp.
  17. twietee macrumors 603


    Jan 24, 2012
    With only a bashfully 256Gb SSD, I wonder if it's possible/useable to install the games onto an external HDD (USB 3.0) or even SD card? Is it going to be playable - any ideas?
  18. TheGreatWumpus macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2012
    I've run games off USB hard drives before. Or firewire..either/or. I haven't done this in awhile, but it used to be fine. I think sometimes a tad long loading times, but other than that, it was okay.
  19. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    I play lots of Windows games on bootcamp and hardly any on MacOS, therefore I divided my MBP terabyte HD, 50/50 with the idea of using portable external drives to add more if needed like this terabyte Western Digital Passport, $99.


    For the OP, if you want to play a lot of Windows games, even if they are released for Mac, at this point, especially if you have marginal machine, you'll get better performance on Windows. I'm not a Windows cheer leader at all. It's just an observation. This is not to imply that Mac released games are no good. If you have a recent iMac or MBP, most likely the Mac version of the game will have lower performance, but you'll be able to play it on your Mac. How much of a hit depends on the game and your tolerance for slower frames. I chose to play WoW on MacOS and was happy I did.
  20. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    i think with 10.8.4 they work on graphic drivers,so any chance that exclude the differences in gaming between win and mac?

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