Spore OS X vs. Win

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by akm3, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I want to purchase Spore, and I would primarily play it on my new Macbook Pro (9600gt)

    I want to support OS X game development in general, and for the convenience factor am leaning towards the OS X version.

    However, I want to discourage cider ports where the OS X version gets performance short-shrift compared to the Windows version. Also, I want the best performance possible, and crippling myself by not having a 'real' OS X application is frustrating.

    What choice did other folks make?
  2. MichalM.Mac macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2006

    I think, they sell Hybrid edition of this. PC/MAC.

    Performance: Windows always wins in game performance against Cider games.
  3. inigel macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2008
    No where
    In Australia, it is a Mac/PC DVD. And EA promised at some circle jerk not too long ago, that they were going to develop games for Mac, so Spore should be pretty good on Mac.
  4. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    From what I hear Spore runs on a virtual Win XP environment. Someone here on MR had Spore crash in such a way that it revealed the XP desktop. So it is not a true port. EA is just lazy.

    Do to this and other issues I will not purchase EA titles.
  5. inigel macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2008
    No where
    I tend to avoid EA games like the plague, their console offerings, PlayStation 3 games in particular are just Xbox 360 ports with inferior graphics, and they usually play like oiled dogs nuts.

    However, Battlefield: Bad Company was quite a good offering. :)
  6. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Uh, no. I highly doubt Spore ships with Windows XP and a quick search of the forum tells me I highly doubt someone else posted that they saw the Windows XP desktop on their Mac copy of Spore.

    It is a Cider port. Look it up.
  7. therealmrbob macrumors regular


    Jul 14, 2008
    Yep spore is a cider port, just look inside the application XD

    It works fine on my iMac with a 2600 pro.

    Never noticed a difference in between playing on xp and os x.

    Regardless, if you buy spore, it's a windows and mac version.
    so it doesn't matter.

    (all the mac version is is the same files, and the cider software in a .app)
  8. OneHump macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
  9. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    In a word, no. This is not true. It is most likely a Cider game which is DirectX -> OpenGL translation layer.
  10. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Spore actually runs very decently under OS X - though it is smoother under Windows, it's not the huge gap that some might expect. Such is my experience, at any rate.

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