OS X Will GW2 Run?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by jertanner, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. jertanner macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2012
    The "official" GW2 requirements state that it runs well on mid-2010 21.5 inch iMac but my specs are below the requirements. Is anyone playing on a similar set up? Will I be able to play?

    Thank you!
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    Probably, but with 256MB VRAM the speeds aren't gonna be great.
  3. nephilim7 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2008
    not sure what the previous poster is talking about, vram amount has zero to do with speed unless your texture set is constantly being reloaded (use low texture resolution option).

    That said, the GW2 client is a pig. Even on a beastly machine you suffer a considerable fps tax for running on osx (they use cider and haven't optimized it much), just run it in bootcamp with the settings down.

  4. jertanner thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2012
    I got in on the "invite a friend" free weekend deal that started today (Nov 15 - 18... if you know someone that plays and want to see if your mac will run it, now's the time to try! Have them send you an invite.)

    So far everything is running fine on my machine via the Mac client. On Low settings I'm getting around 24-27 fps playing on 1920x1080. It may not be the highest quality image, but It's running smoothly and I'm able to play w/out any problems.
  5. nephilim7 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2008
    That's great to hear! If your experience is anything like mine you'll get another 20% fps from running it In bootcamp.

  6. MacGamerHQ macrumors member


    Sep 25, 2012
    Lyon, France
    From the many posts and threads I've seen about this game, EVERYONE agress that you will lose 10-20 fps when using the mac client compared to the windows one....

    Arenanet continue to push updates, but I feel the mac client is still not as good as the PC one. Anyway, I will not complain as I love not having to boot to windows just to play GW2!

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