OS Neutral VMware or Parallels?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by feldman26, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. feldman26 macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone tell me which is worth my time for games that can only be run on windows (i.e. Skyrim)? Also, does VMware really cut down on performance? Any help appreciated.

    13" Retina MBP
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    8GB Ram
     
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  3. blueroom macrumors 603

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  4. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    All forms of virtualization reduce performance. Use Boot Camp to play any game released in the last 5 years.
     
  5. feldman26 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What version for windows 7?
     
  6. imacken macrumors 65816

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    Simply not true.
    Bootcamp is certainly better, but I have played Skyrim, F1 2012, Deus Ex and others perfectly OK in Parallels @ 2560x1440 on my Mac.
    The performance hit is acceptable compared to coming out of OS X and booting into Bootcamp.
    Nothing is worth that, IMHO!
     
  7. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    Not maximizing your system's gaming potential out of spite is not what I would call acceptable, but whatever floats your boat.
     
  8. imacken macrumors 65816

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    I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about! Spite!?!
    I don't like to use Bootcamp as it doesn't give me access to all my other applications - simple as that. With Parallels, I can simply tab out of it, and access Mail, Safari, office type tasks, iMessage, ................. I could go on.
    I am happy to have a performance hit of a few fps, in order to retain my workflow. You suggested that it was more or less essential to use Bootcamp for games released within the last 5 years, I replied saying that was not true, which it isn't!
    Spite? Schmite!
     
  9. Washac macrumors 68020

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    I tried Parallels and found it sort of OK, but soon realised that Bootcamp is the better option for running windows games, and that is all I use it for.
     
  10. antonis macrumors 68000

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    There's is always the intermediate solution of using Wineskin / Barrel to run it in a wine wrapper. Sometimes, this proves to be the best solution (most of the times faster than a VM, don't have to leave OS X and reboot to windows like bootcamp).

    As long as the said game runs on it.
     
  11. imacken macrumors 65816

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    Yep, I recently played (Steam) Tomb Raider 2013 in a Wine wrapper. Apart from a couple of little menu glitches, it ran perfectly all the way through.
     

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