Macs might not have always been the number one choice among gamers, but things are dramatically changing with the release of Metal 3 and M2-powered Mac machines. Thanks to these developments, Macs can now run AAA games with no hassle.
Metal 3 is designed to ensure a fantastic gaming experience across Apple platforms. It comes with MetalFX Upscaling, which allows developers to render complex scenes faster using less compute-intensive frames. Also, Apple’s M2 chip delivers 18% faster CPU and 35% faster GPU performance.
Besides these improvements, you can do several other things to prepare your Mac for the upcoming games.
- Clear all the desktop clutter so your system does not slow down, and you can enjoy a seamless gaming experience.
- Clear storage space and ensure your hard drive can breathe. This will ensure you can install all your favorite games without impacting the system’s performance.
- Close all the unnecessary background processes and programs to have enough RAM and other system resources available to run the games you want to play.
- Consider upgrading your HDD to SDD to improve system tasks and enhance boot times.
- You can also consider upgrading RAM so that most games can run smoothly.
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Mac Games to Install and Play
- Disney Dreamlight Valley
Disney Dreamlight Valley is an adventure game featuring Pixar and Disney characters. The game is arriving in 2023 and will be free to play for all Mac users.
Geared toward players of all ages, it is a life-simulation adventure game where players are invited to explore diverse realms inspired by classic Pixar and Disney worlds. In the game, you have to restore the memories of the inhabitants.
To take part in the adventure, players get to create unique avatars and indulge in interactive adventures featuring different stories like Moana, The Little Mermaid, etc.
Immortality is an interactive trilogy from the creator of Her Story, Sam Barlow. In the game, Marissa Marcel was an actor and had three successful movies to her name. But now she has disappeared, and you must figure out what happened to her.
Solving this exciting mystery will keep you on your toes, and you can stay engaged for hours. The game was released in August 2023 for Xbox series X/S and Windows. A macOS version is slated to be released very soon.
- No Man’s Sky
Hello Games has created this intriguing game called No Man’s Sky. It is an action-adventure survival game released worldwide in 2016 for Windows and PlayStation 4.
At the WWDC 2023 conference, Apple announced the game would be available for Mac users sooner than they can expect.
Get ready for the ultimate virtual experience of your life!
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Are you a big fan of Star Wars? If so, it is pointless to ask you to remain calm. The LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a game unlike any other. It features more than 100 vehicles, 300 playable characters, and 23 planets.
The game is played through all nine of the Skywalker saga films. However, the game’s release on the macOS platform is confirmed, but the date isn’t decided. So, stay tuned and keep checking the news for more information.
Firmament is an immersive narrative adventure game delivered using the state-of-the-art power of Unreal Engine 4. The game is designed for computers and VR. It is the next step in the evolution of Cyan and is deeply rooted in the spirit of Riven, Myst, and Obduction.
The all-new narrative adventure promises to take you places you have only dreamed of.
- In the Valley of Gods
In the Valley of Gods is created by the creators of the 2016’s indie game of the year, Firewatch. It is a first-person adventure game that’s set in 1920s Egypt. The players will take on the dual role of the filmmaker and explorer. You will engage in highly stimulating adventures that keep the adrenaline rush at an all-time high.
If you’re ready to start exploring, stay tuned for the creators to announce the release date. Until then, make tweaks to your Mac to turn it into the ultimate gaming machine.
- Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village ensures players get to experience survival horror like never before. It is the 8th major installment in the Resident Evil franchise, and at the WWDC 2023 conference, the game was revealed as a native Apple silicon game. So, get ready to survive your worst nightmares and emerge victorious.
- Divinity: Original Sin 2
At the end of last year, Larian Studios announced that they were teaming up with Apple to create a Mac version of Original Sin 2, one of the best RPGs in history. This game is no slouch – not only does it use the Metal graphics system for the 3D graphics, but it also supports HDR on all recent Macs and offers Mac-specific features such as Touch Bar on new MacBook Pros. Most importantly, multiplayer mode works across Macs and PCs. The only drawback is that this game requires a fairly powerful Mac so make sure to check its system requirements before you buy.
- Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMORPG title that’s a big hit, and it provides compatibility with Mac devices. In addition to their regular series of chapters, Zenimax updates this game all the time. As add-ons, these updates provide more content, though occasionally new features are also released with the chapters. Zenimax also releases updates that make major changes to the game every year or so. The Blackwood expansion in 2023 was one of their biggest updates yet.
The Bottom Line
Mac gamers are waiting with bated breath for these upcoming games. However, you must make tiny changes to your Mac’s settings and upgrade it to macOS Ventura to get the best possible gaming experience. Get started!