With Mac computers changing from Intel to ARM processors, what is the future of Mac gaming?
Macs will no longer boot into Windows (via Bootcamp).
While this was never the most performant option for Windows PC gaming, it was a great way to play older PC games for those of us who use macOS as our main operating system, without having to buy a seperate machine. While virtualisation will be possible on ARM based machines, it’s questionable how fast this will be (even if the processors are now more efficient), and if ARM versions of games for Windows will be made.
I’m guessing that this will kill off a lot of the support for Mac gaming as well, with stores like Steam and GOG no longer supporting much of their catalogue on macOS.
But on the upside, we will now see a lot of iOS games running on the Mac, since the latest version of macOS will play these games out of the box. Mobile games have been steadily getting better and better. I don’t think we should overlook how useful this will be, for example for gamers who like the flexibility of the Switch. It will great to have the option to buy an indie game to play on the go and continue playing on a Mac with the same purchase.
In summary, it was nice while it lasted, but I think I’ll need to find a new way to revisit older games. Hopefully someone will port a Saturn emulator to these new ARM based Macs.