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“PC gaming” has traditionally meant Windows gaming, but it doesn’t have to. More new games support Mac OS X than ever, and you can play any Windows game on your Mac.

There are many ways you can play those Windows PC games on your Mac. After all, Macs have been standard Intel PCs that come with a different operating system preinstalled since 2006.

Native Mac Gaming

Like Linux, Mac OS X has gained more and more PC gaming support over the years. In the old days, you’d have to look elsewhere for Mac games. When the rare game was ported to Mac, you’d have to purchase the Mac-only version to run it on your Mac. These days, many of the games you already own probably have Mac versions available. Some game developers are more cross-platform than others — for example, all of Valve’s own games on Steam and Blizzard’s games on Battle.net support Mac.

The big digital PC gaming storefronts all have Mac clients. You can install Steam, Origin, Battle.net, and the GOG.com Downloader on your Mac. If you’ve purchased a game and it already supports Mac, you should have access to the Mac version immediately. If you purchase the game for Mac, you should have access to the Windows version, too. Even games available outside of storefronts may offer Mac versions. For example, Minecraft supports Mac, too. Don’t underestimate the games available for Mac OS X itself.

Boot Camp

While more games support Mac OS X than ever, many games still don’t. Every game seems to support Windows — we can’t think of a popular Mac-only game, but it’s easy to think of popular Windows-only games.

Boot Camp is the best way to run a Windows-only PC game on your Mac. Macs don’t come with Windows, but you can install Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp and reboot into Windows whenever you want to play these games. This allows you to run Windows games at the same speeds they’d run at on a Windows PC laptop with the same hardware. You won’t have to fiddle with anything — install Windows with Boot Camp and your Windows system will work just like a typical Windows system.

Steam In-Home Streaming

The problem with Boot Camp is that it uses your Mac’s hardware. Macs with slower integrated graphics won’t be able to run demanding PC games well. If your Mac has a small hard drive, you may not be able to install both Windows and a huge game like the 48 GB PC version of Titanfall alongside Mac OS X.

If you already have a Windows PC — ideally a gaming PC with powerful enough graphics hardware, enough CPU power, and a big hard drive — you can use Steam’s in-home streaming feature to stream games running on your Windows PC to your Mac. This allows you to play games on your MacBook and do the heavy-lifting on your PC, so your Mac will stay cool and its battery won’t drain as quickly. You do have to be on the same local network as your Windows gaming PC to stream a game, so this isn’t ideal if you want to play PC games while away from your Windows desktop.

Other Options

There are other ways to play PC games on a Mac, but they have their own problems:

Virtual Machines: Virtual machines are often the ideal way to run Windows desktop applications on your Mac, as you can run them on your Mac desktop. if you have Windows programs you need to use — perhaps a program you need for work — a virtual machine is very convenient. However, virtual machines add overhead. This is a problem when you need your hardware’s maximum performance to run a PC game. Modern virtual machine programs have improved support for 3D graphics, but 3D graphics will still run much more slowly than they would in Boot Camp.

If you have older games that aren’t too demanding on your hardware — or perhaps games that don’t require 3D acceleration at all — they may run well in a virtual machine. Don’t bother trying to install the latest PC games in a virtual machine.

Wine: Wine is a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows software on Mac and Linux. Given that it’s open-source and has no help from Microsoft, it’s amazing it works as well as it does. However, Wine is an incomplete product and is not perfect. Games may fail to run or you may experience bugs when running them under Wine. You may need to do some tweaking to get games working properly, and they may break after Wine updates. Some games — especially newer ones — won’t run no matter what you do.

Wine is ideal only when you’re running one of the few games it properly supports, so you may want to research it ahead of time. Don’t use Wine expecting it to run any Windows program you throw at it without bugs or tweaking.

DOSBox: DOSBox is the ideal way to run old DOS applications and games on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. DOSBox won’t help you run Windows games at all, but it will allow you to run PC games written for DOS PCs before Windows existed.

Games are becoming more cross-platform all the time. Valve’s SteamOS helps here, too. Games that run on SteamOS (or Linux, in other words) need to use OpenGL and other cross-platform technologies that will work just as well on a Mac.

Chris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He’s written about technology for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times and Reader’s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami’s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times—and that’s just here at How-To Geek. Read more.

“PC gaming” has traditionally meant Windows gaming, but it doesn’t have to. More new games support Mac OS X than ever, and you can play any Windows game on your Mac.

There are many ways you can play those Windows PC games on your Mac. After all, Macs have been standard Intel PCs that come with a different operating system preinstalled since 2006.

Native Mac Gaming

Like Linux, Mac OS X has gained more and more PC gaming support over the years. In the old days, you’d have to look elsewhere for Mac games. When the rare game was ported to Mac, you’d have to purchase the Mac-only version to run it on your Mac. These days, many of the games you already own probably have Mac versions available. Some game developers are more cross-platform than others — for example, all of Valve’s own games on Steam and Blizzard’s games on Battle.net support Mac.

The big digital PC gaming storefronts all have Mac clients. You can install Steam, Origin, Battle.net, and the GOG.com Downloader on your Mac. If you’ve purchased a game and it already supports Mac, you should have access to the Mac version immediately. If you purchase the game for Mac, you should have access to the Windows version, too. Even games available outside of storefronts may offer Mac versions. For example, Minecraft supports Mac, too. Don’t underestimate the games available for Mac OS X itself.

Boot Camp

While more games support Mac OS X than ever, many games still don’t. Every game seems to support Windows — we can’t think of a popular Mac-only game, but it’s easy to think of popular Windows-only games.

Boot Camp is the best way to run a Windows-only PC game on your Mac. Macs don’t come with Windows, but you can install Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp and reboot into Windows whenever you want to play these games. This allows you to run Windows games at the same speeds they’d run at on a Windows PC laptop with the same hardware. You won’t have to fiddle with anything — install Windows with Boot Camp and your Windows system will work just like a typical Windows system.

Steam In-Home Streaming

The problem with Boot Camp is that it uses your Mac’s hardware. Macs with slower integrated graphics won’t be able to run demanding PC games well. If your Mac has a small hard drive, you may not be able to install both Windows and a huge game like the 48 GB PC version of Titanfall alongside Mac OS X.

If you already have a Windows PC — ideally a gaming PC with powerful enough graphics hardware, enough CPU power, and a big hard drive — you can use Steam’s in-home streaming feature to stream games running on your Windows PC to your Mac. This allows you to play games on your MacBook and do the heavy-lifting on your PC, so your Mac will stay cool and its battery won’t drain as quickly. You do have to be on the same local network as your Windows gaming PC to stream a game, so this isn’t ideal if you want to play PC games while away from your Windows desktop.

Other Options

There are other ways to play PC games on a Mac, but they have their own problems:

Virtual Machines: Virtual machines are often the ideal way to run Windows desktop applications on your Mac, as you can run them on your Mac desktop. if you have Windows programs you need to use — perhaps a program you need for work — a virtual machine is very convenient. However, virtual machines add overhead. This is a problem when you need your hardware’s maximum performance to run a PC game. Modern virtual machine programs have improved support for 3D graphics, but 3D graphics will still run much more slowly than they would in Boot Camp.

If you have older games that aren’t too demanding on your hardware — or perhaps games that don’t require 3D acceleration at all — they may run well in a virtual machine. Don’t bother trying to install the latest PC games in a virtual machine.

Wine: Wine is a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows software on Mac and Linux. Given that it’s open-source and has no help from Microsoft, it’s amazing it works as well as it does. However, Wine is an incomplete product and is not perfect. Games may fail to run or you may experience bugs when running them under Wine. You may need to do some tweaking to get games working properly, and they may break after Wine updates. Some games — especially newer ones — won’t run no matter what you do.

Wine is ideal only when you’re running one of the few games it properly supports, so you may want to research it ahead of time. Don’t use Wine expecting it to run any Windows program you throw at it without bugs or tweaking.

DOSBox: DOSBox is the ideal way to run old DOS applications and games on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. DOSBox won’t help you run Windows games at all, but it will allow you to run PC games written for DOS PCs before Windows existed.

Games are becoming more cross-platform all the time. Valve’s SteamOS helps here, too. Games that run on SteamOS (or Linux, in other words) need to use OpenGL and other cross-platform technologies that will work just as well on a Mac.

Don’t want to install Windows on your Mac to play PC games? Turn to programs like Wine, OpenEmu, DOSbox, and GeForce Now instead.

Mac users have it rough. You get some of the best hardware on the market with super polished, stable software, yet so few games to play on it. But just because most developers aren’t releasing their games for macOS doesn’t mean you can’t get PC games running on your Apple-made machine. It just takes a bit of finesse.

If you really want to play PC games to the best of your hardware’s capability, you’ll want to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp (unless you have an ARM-based Mac, which won’t support Boot Camp). It’s the easiest way to get games running and provides the best performance.

It does, however, take up a lot of space on your hard drive, and it’s annoying to reboot your computer every time you want to play a game. You could install Windows via virtualization, but you’ll sacrifice a lot in performance.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of installing Windows, we understand. Here are your alternatives for playing games on your Mac.

Look for Mac-Friendly Games

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way—there are plenty of Mac-compatible games (Opens in a new window) out there. Steam, for example, shows a little Apple logo next to every game that’s compatible with macOS, and I was surprised to find a decent number of my own games were available on the platform, including Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Call of Duty Black Ops III, and Civilization VI. Just make sure you look for that Apple logo, or go to Categories > macOS before you buy.

Also, remember that Steam isn’t the only place to find games—Blizzard offers Mac versions of its games through its Battle.net (Opens in a new window) service, and you’ll find plenty of great Mac titles on GOG.com (Opens in a new window) as well. Remember to search across the various stores when you shop, since you might be surprised what exclusives you’ll find.

Get PC Games Running Under Wine

Okay, so you’ve exhausted all the Mac-compatible games in popular stores, and you’re ready to tinker in order to get some other games running. Some Windows-only titles may run on macOS through Wine (Opens in a new window) , a compatibility layer for Mac and Linux systems designed to run Windows programs. Wine itself can get rather technical to set up, especially when it comes to games, but there are a few third-party tools that make things easier.

Porting Kit (Opens in a new window) is usually my first go-to, since it attempts to do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. Just search Porting Kit’s app or website for a game, like Among Us (Opens in a new window) , and it’ll provide an Install Now button along with any quirks, patches, or extra steps you might need to take for smooth gameplay.

It can still take a bit of fiddling, but Porting Kit has some built-in tutorials to help you out. Once you’re able to get a game working the first time, it’ll be easy to launch in the future, since the title appears in your Applications folder like any other Mac app.

While Porting Kit is the easiest and most up-to-date tool for installing games with Wine, other programs aim to do something similar, like PlayOnMac (Opens in a new window) or the $60 CrossOver (Opens in a new window) . Some may work better with certain games, so your best bet is to search for “the best way to get [the game you want] running on a Mac.” To browse Wine-friendly games before you buy, check out the Wine Database (Opens in a new window) alongside Porting Kit’s library to get a feel for what might work on your system.

Go Retro With Emulators

If you want to relive games from your youth, there’s a good chance your favorite retro titles can be emulated on your Mac. There are plenty of emulators for retro game consoles out there, but Mac users have it pretty easy with OpenEmu (Opens in a new window) , which can put all your favorite retro games in one place. Install the program, select the systems you want to emulate, and you’re off to the races.

You’ll have to grab a ROM file for any game you want to play—we’ll leave it to you to find those—after which you can just drag them into OpenEMU’s main window to add them to your game library. Or click the Homebrew tab to find free, newly developed games for those classic systems. You can read our full guide to OpenEmu here, and if you want to emulate a system it doesn’t support, check out our list of the best emulators for more options.

While OpenEmu focuses on classic game consoles, you can also emulate the DOS programs of yore with DOSBox (Opens in a new window) . It isn’t quite as plug-and-play as OpenEmu—you’ll need to do just a bit of that command-line work you did in the actual days of DOS—but for many games, it’s pretty simple.

By Killian Bell • 1:00 pm, March 23, 2021

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All your favorite PC games on your Mac for free.
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Who said a Mac is no good for gaming? It’s now possible to play the latest PC games on any machine running macOS 10.13 or higher, thanks to the brand-new Steam Link app that just hit the Mac App Store.

The free download, which weighs in at less than 30MB, puts all your favorite titles at your fingertips. We’ll show you how to set it up.

The future of gaming on Mac is looking a lot brighter as a result of Apple Silicone, which offers significant improvements in both processing and graphics power. But we’re still relying on support from game developers.

It doesn’t have to be that way. With Steam Link, you can use your Mac to play all the titles you bought and downloaded on your Windows gaming rig — even if that Mac is a decade old and starting to feel a little slow.

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What you need for Steam Link

What’s more, Steam Link is completely free to download and use. There’s no monthly subscription fee, and no need to re-purchase games you already own. What’s the catch? Well, you must supply the hardware.

Unlike cloud-based streaming services, like the excellent GeForce Now or Google Stadia, Steam Link doesn’t rely on insanely fast remote machines that you never see. It streams only between your own devices.

So, to stream a game to your Mac, you first need a PC (Mac, Windows, or Linux) that’s capable of running it. It also needs to have Steam installed, and the game you want to play will need to be in your Steam library.

Oh, and the devices you want to use must be connected to the same network… preferably via Ethernet. You can use Wi-Fi, but for the best performance, you’ll want to use cables that are more reliable.

How to set up Steam Link on macOS

Still, Steam Link is terrific if you want to sit back on the couch and casually play games on your MacBook, instead of being stuck at your desk. And if you’ve made it this far, you’re likely already interested.

To get set up, then, you’ll first need to download Steam Link from the Mac App Store. Then follow these steps:

  1. Ensure your Mac and your host machine are connected to the same network.
  2. Open the Steam Link app for macOS and click Get Started.
  3. Pair a controller if you want to use one, or click Skip.
  4. Wait for Steam Link to scan your network for other machines.
  5. Select your host machine and make a note of the PIN displayed.
  6. Enter this PIN on your host machine to pair both devices.
  7. Wait for Steam Link to test your connection, then click Start Playing.

You should now be taken to your Steam library, where you’ll be able to run compatible games right away. Note that not every title will be Steam Link compatible, and many will require a controller for remote play.

Troubleshooting

If Steam Link cannot detect your host machine during setup, ensure your host machine is powered on, connected to your network, and that Steam is running. Note that if the Steam app is closed, it won’t appear in Steam Link.

Also, if you find that your connection is too slow or unreliable to enjoy a smooth streaming experience, use wired connections between your Mac, router and host machine if possible. Ethernet is much more reliable.

When Ethernet connectivity isn’t possible, reduce strain and interference on your network by disconnecting any devices that don’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi while you’re playing.

With Remote Play, you can control your PlayStation® console remotely wherever you have a high-speed internet connection.

Getting started with Remote Play on PC or Mac

Using the PS Remote Play app, you can control your PlayStation®5 console or PlayStation®4 console from a PC or Mac connected to a high-speed network. Check your PC or Mac meets the requirements and then follow the steps below to set up Remote Play.

You’ll need a Windows or Mac computer, and a PS5™ console or PS4™ console to control. Here are the requirement details:

  • OS: Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Processor: 7th Generation Intel® Core™ processors or later
  • Storage space: 100 MB or more
  • RAM: 2 GB or more
  • Display resolution: 1024 × 768 or higher
  • Sound card: Required
  • USB port: Required
  • OS: macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina, macOS Big Sur
  • Storage space: 40 MB or more
  • RAM: 2 GB or more
  • USB port: Required

PS5™ console or PS4™ console

  • The latest system software
    Always update your console to the latest version of the system software.
  • An account for PlayStation™Network
    Use the same account that you use for your console. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one first.
  • A high-speed internet connection
    As a standard, we recommend a high-speed connection with upload and download speeds of at least 5 Mbps. For best performance, we recommend a high-speed connection with upload and download speeds of at least 15 Mbps.
  • A DualSense™ wireless controller for your PS5 console or DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller for your PS4 console. You can connect via USB or pair your controller to a supported device using Bluetooth. Please visit the guides below for more information.
  • USB cable
    Please note, when using a wired connection, your controller’s built-in speaker and mic are not supported.
  • A mic
    To use voice chat, you’ll need a microphone, such as the built-in microphone on your Windows PC or Mac.

Ever found yourself in a situation where you loved software, only to know that it is compatible with Mac machines? Agreed, it is an anomaly as the number of Windows compatible software is vast. But at times, you might find yourself in such a situation or may come across with certain apps that work better on macOS.

If you are stuck in such a situation, here we will state ways for you to run Mac apps on Windows 10 device. Surprised! Don’t be, just remember nothing is impossible.

Best Ways to Run Mac Apps on Windows 10

Step 1: Make a Virtual Machine with macOS on it

This is the simplest way to get Mac on Windows and run Mac apps on windows PC. To learn how to run Mac programs on Windows check out my tutorial on How to Install macOS Mojave on Windows 10 in a Virtual Machine?

The step by step guide will make you learn how to get macOS virtual machine and how to install it on Windows 10.

Once you have the virtual machine up and running with macOS on it, come back here to learn ways to install and run Mac apps on Windows.

Step 2: Use your Apple Account

From this step onwards everything will work in a similar manner as it works on actual macOS. You’ll need to login into your Apple account to access App Store. If you don’t have one you’ll need to create an Apple account.

To create an Apple account on a web browser, follow the steps below:

1. Head to Apple ID account page, fill in all the particulars given in the form to create your AppleID. Remember provided email address will be your new AppleID.

2. Next select security questions, if you want to receive updated checkbox to subscribe.
3. Click Continue.

These simple steps will help you create an Apple ID.

Once done login to your Apple account to start downloading apps from App Store. To access App Store click on App Store icon present in the dock. Log in to your Apple account > look for the app you wish to download > click on Get > Install.

This will install the apps on your macOS virtual machine installed on Windows 10.

Using these simple steps you can use macOS on Windows 10 with the help of a virtual machine.

This might hit you with questions like what about the current session? Will you able to resume it from where you left or not?

To resume working from where you left you would need to shut down virtual machine in a sequence for this click on Apple logo > Shut Down. This will help you resume working.

However, if you want to extra cautious you can take a snapshot, to save the current state of the virtual machine.

To take a snapshot on VMware click on VM > Snapshot > Take Snapshot.

Next, give a name to the snapshot and hit Take Snapshot.

This way you’ll be able to save your current session.

Using these simple steps you can easily run Mac Apps on Windows machine. However, you must never forget since you are using a Virtual machine they might not work as on actual macOS. This is simply due to a virtual machine sharing the host machine’s system resource. In addition to this, a piece of advice avoid updating your macOS Virtual Machine as the patch that makes the macOS virtual machine run is compatible with a specific version and may not work with the updates.

Can you run Mac apps on Windows?

You can run Mac apps on Windows 10 easily, but before that you need to install macOS on Windows 10 in a virtual machine. Here, virtual machines play an important role to imitate dedicated hardware by emulation of a computer system. You also need to download and install certain essential tools such as VMware to run Mac apps on Windows 10.

Can you run Mac on a PC?

Yes you can run Mac on a PC like a pro. To do this, you would require a compatible PC where you can install macOS. Here, you need to select the hard drive on which you never had Windows installed. You can run Mac on a PC by creating an image file of macOS or doing it through a virtual machine.

Can you download Apple apps on Windows 10?

Apple’s iTunes apps are now available to download on Microsoft’s Windows 10 Store. It is useful development for users who wish to access iTunes apps on Windows 10. Here, you can download, purchase, and manage iTunes apps easily from Windows 10 Store.

Is it safe to use Hackintosh?

Well, it totally depends on the method you use to access macOS on Windows machine. If you create an image of macOS and clone it on Windows PC or you try a virtual machine to access Mac apps on windows PC, you probably are in safe hands. On the other hand, it could be debatable whether using Mac on Windows is legal or not, as you are licensed to use the software and license terms don’t allow you to imitate software.

Is a Hackintosh worth it?

If you want to access all features and functionalities of Mac without spending money on buying new Mac system, then Hackintosh is a good option. It is also useful for users who tend to work on two different systems that require access to Mac and Windows features.

Of course, you can give it try, but keep in mind you can lose everything on the virtual machine in this process.

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By Orestis Bastounis published 18 March 15

If you’re buying a computer purely for playing games, a Mac isn’t the best choice. We always recommend building your own PC. Macs are more expensive than a desktop Windows PC, especially when you add on extra storage, memory or a faster GPU, and there’s a far smaller library of games that run natively on OS X, Apple’s desktop operating system, than you’ll find for Windows. And yet, Macs are hugely popular. They’re everywhere now—and that means we should make them the best gaming machines they can possibly be.

Maybe you prefer OS X for day-to-day computing and have a dedicated PC for gaming. Maybe you’re a frequent traveler or college student, and prefer using a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air over a Windows laptop. And we all know a few fanboys who buy every Apple contraption as soon as it goes on sale.

Gaming on a Mac may be more restrictive than with a desktop PC running Windows, but if you choose the right Mac hardware, and are willing to pay for it, you’ll be able to play most games without issue. That’s why I’ve put together this guide to gaming on the Mac, covering everything from the best Mac hardware for gaming, to using Windows Boot Camp, to the mice and keyboards you should buy for Mac gaming.

If you don’t own a Mac, but are curious about what OS X might have to offer for gamers, I’ll explain the available choices, the different product lines, and what upgrades are most beneficial for gaming. I’ll look at storage, the GPU options, CPU upgrades and even some of the more exotic upgrades you could make, such as external graphics cards that connect via Thunderbolt, or what you could do to boost your Mac’s performance by whipping it open yourself and adding an SSD, more memory or a bigger hard disk.

Take away that shiny aluminum exterior (and bigger pricetag), and Macs and PCs are based on identical Intel-based x86 hardware. By setting up Boot Camp to run Windows side-by-side with OS X, you can play PC-exclusive games which haven’t been coded to run on OS X. I’ll cover Boot Camp—along with a look at some of the other ways to run Windows software directly in OS X like Wineskin and virtual machines—and their potential pitfalls.

An emulator is a computer program (or occasionally custom computer hardware) that’s designed to simulate another kind of device.

For example, WINE is a program that allows you to run Windows software on certain Linux and Mac computers. Dolphin is an app that lets you play Nintendo GameCube and Wii games on your computer. Even Logic Pro X, the popular music recording app for Mac, lets you simulate the sound of a guitar amplifier within your computer.

These are all different types of emulators. Here’s what you should know about emulators, including why people use them, how they commonly work, and what kinds there are.

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Why people use emulators

Every kind of computer and operating system is unique. This often means that a program or app that works on one system won’t work on another.

This is especially true when comparing operating systems like Windows and MacOS , or completely different devices like a laptop and a PlayStation.

This is where emulators come in. Emulators can bridge the gap between these devices, allowing programs to work on all sorts of hardware.

For example, if you have a Windows app that you need to run on your MacBook, you can download the Parallels emulator. Parallels will, in a sense, create a Windows computer inside of your MacBook — this will let you run any Windows app you need.

Some emulators can even enhance the hardware that they’re simulating. For instance, old video games made for 4:3 televisions can be upgraded to run in widescreen resolution, as well as at a higher framerate.

If you’re someone who likes to be able to run all their programs anywhere, at any time, then an emulator is what you need.

However, there are some risks that you should be aware of.

The downsides to emulators

Because emulators need to reproduce the behavior of an entirely different device, without having their own dedicated hardware or power source, emulators are often slower than the system they’re simulating.

This is especially true if you’re emulating a new system. For example, nearly any computer can emulate an ’80s-era Nintendo Entertainment System without much delay. But you’ll need a powerful graphics card and CPU to emulate the Nintendo Switch, which only came out in 2017. And even then, it might be hard to make that Switch emulator run smoothly.

Users also have to be careful not to download a virus masquerading as an emulator. Be sure to only download emulators and programs from sources that you trust, and always do your research before installing anything.

Lastly, there’s also a legal risk. Although emulators are legal almost everywhere, downloading programs to use on those emulators without paying for them may not be. Look up the regulations surrounding emulated programs in your country before downloading them.

The most popular types of emulators in use today

The two most common uses for emulators are ones for playing video games, and ones for running other operating systems. Here’s a few examples of the most popular emulators around.

Video game emulators

  • Dolphin lets you play Nintendo GameCube and Wii games on a computer, as well as modify them in various ways. Some originally single-player games even have online multiplayer modes added to them.
  • MAME is an open-source emulator originally released in 1997 that’s designed to run older arcade games.
  • VisualBoyAdvance, or VBA, can run nearly every Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance game ever released.

There are also various game emulators that run on Android phones.

Operating system emulators

  • Parallels and WINE both allow you to run Windows on a Mac computer. It’ll open a Windows desktop in a new window, just like any other app.
  • BlueStacks lets you download and open Android apps on a desktop computer.
  • Xcode is a program designed and released by Apple that can run iPhone apps on a Mac. Soon, Apple claims that there will be an even easier way to emulate both iPhone and iPad apps on your Mac.

Do you want to download Steam for Mac? Steam is compatible with macOS. This post from MiniTool Partition Wizard shows you how to install Steam on Mac. Then, you can play Steam games on Mac smoothly.

How to Download and Install Steam on Mac PCs

Steam is the largest digital distribution platform for PC gaming. By 2019, Steam had over 34,000 games with over 95 million monthly active users. Many Pc users will download and install Steam on their PCs to play games and Mac users have no exceptions.

Steam is compatible with Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. Therefore, you can download and install Steam on Mac PCs. Here is the guide on how to download Steam on Mac and install it:

Step 1: Make sure your Mac PC meets Steam requirements. Steam has stopped supporting macOS versions 10.7 (“Lion”), 10.8 (“Mountain Lion”), 10.9 (“Mavericks”) and 10.10 (“Yosemite”). It requires macOS 10.11 (“El Capitan”) and above. You can go to the Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab to check the related information.

Step 2: You should go to the Steam official website to download Steam for Mac. Please click the Install Steam button in the upper section. Then, click the Install Steam button with the macOS icon.

Step 3: Please go to your Downloads folder to find the downloaded file and it should be a dmg file. Please double-click the file to launch the installer. Then, you should follow the on-screen instructions to install Steam.

What can you do if your Steam Client Bootstrapper has stopped working? In this post, you will learn about 10 methods to fix Steam not responding on your PC.

How to Download Steam Games on Mac PCs

Step 1: Launch Steam from the Applications folder and wait until it completes the update process. Now you should create a new Steam account or log in to an existing account. It depends on your condition.

Step 2: After logging in to Steam, you are now in the Store interface. You can play free games or purchase games. Whatever game you want to play, you should make sure that this game is compatible with macOS. Usually, if a game is compatible with macOS, it will have an Apple icon.

Step 3: After downloading or purchasing a game, you can install and play it.

This post shows you how to download Steam and Steam games on Windows. If you purchase Steam games on other platforms, you should activate them first.

Other Ways to Play Steam Games on Mac PCs

Nowadays, Windows is still the best operating system for gaming. Some games may be still unavailable on macOS. If a game is not compatible with macOS, but you want to play it on a Mac PC, you can adopt the following two ways:

  1. Use Steam Link. You can install and run Steam games on a Windows PC and then play them on a Mac device via WiFi. In some cases, Steam Link is very useful, but if the Mac device is also a PC, Steam Link may be not a good solution. Then, you can try the second method.
  2. Install Windows on Mac. If your Mac PC uses an Intel CPU, you can install Windows on Mac via Boot Camp Assistant. After Windows is installed, you can install the Steam Windows version and then play Steam games smoothly.

Genshin Impact is currently not available on macOS. This post tells you how to play Genshin Impact on Mac PCs. You can try it.

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If you want to play Microsoft Xbox games on your Mac there are two easy ways to do so on your desktop. One is by running Windows on your Mac using Parallels and the other is via an app called OneCast.

If you just want a cloud solution, you can also use Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service.

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Here’s an overview of both ways so you can choose the best one for you.

1. Parallels

Parallels is our favorite way to run Windows on a Mac and the latest version of Parallels 15 supports Xbox Beta from the Windows store which allows you to play Xbox games in Windows 10.

You also need an Xbox pass but you can get one for an introductory offer of $1 for the first month and then $5 per month afterwards.

Even better, you can connect your Xbox controller via Bluetooth meaning you can enjoy the full Xbox experience on your Mac.

Installing Windows on your Mac also opens up a whole world of other advantages allowing you to install PC only apps and games on macOS.

2. OneCast

OneCast allows you to stream Xbox One games to macOS in 1080p and connect an Xbox controller to your Mac via Bluetooth or USB.

OneCast is extremely easy to setup, there’s almost no lag when playing and you can setup multiple profiles for multiple Xboxes.

Note that OneCast only works with the Xbox One – it doesn’t work with Series S or X.

You can try OneCast for free although after 14 days it costs $9.99 to buy a license key for the full version.

Before starting, make sure that your Mac and Xbox are connected to the same internet router at home. Then follow these instructions to start streaming Xbox games to your Mac for free:

  • Download the trial version of OneCast for free and open the DMG file downloaded.
  • Drag the OneCast app to your Applications folder.
  • Click on the OneCast icon in your dock to launch it.
  • OneCast will then automatically detect your Xbox on your home network (assuming it’s switched on) and allow you to connect to it. OneCast will prompt you to login into your Xbox with your Microsoft account details. Just use the same username and password that you use to log onto your Xbox One.
  • Finally you simply need to connect your Xbox One controller to your Mac which you can do by activating Bluetooth on your Mac via System Preferences. Alternatively you can also connect it via USB.

Alternatively, you can use the free app Controlly which allows you to easily connect a Playstation or XBox controller to your Mac.

Controlly allows you to easily map out controls and can even be used to control your Trackpad cursor and even launch apps.

You can stream your Xbox on your Mac in either windowed mode or full screen mode. You can even connect your Mac to your Xbox away from home too although this requires a few simple manual network configuration changes which are explained in the OneCast user manual.

Although there is some lag at times, most games run pretty smoothly in 1080p using OneCast and it’s generally very impressive. If you find that lag becomes a problem, you can try changing the video quality when you launch OneCast from “Very High” to “High”, “Medium” or “Low”.

It is also a good idea to shut down all other applications while using OneCast as it’s quite GPU intensive and your Macs cooling vents will kick in pretty quickly if you’ve got lots of other applications open.

The Mac gaming scene is really hotting-up with NVIDIA GeForce Now already allowing Mac users to play Windows only Steam games on Mac.

Previously the only way to run Xbox games on Mac was to install Windows on Mac for free using Boot Camp but both Parallels and OneCast are definitely easier and more efficient.

Unfortunately though, Steam has dropped support for VR gaming on Mac meaning installing Windows on macOS is still the best way to experience VR games and apps on Mac.

If you’re having any problems playing Xbox games on your Mac, let us know in the comments below.

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This morning, one of our visitors pinged us in Discord server asking about .gblorb files and how to run those…

This morning, one of our visitors pinged us in Discord server asking about .gblorb files and how to run those files. We had a look and after browsing some resource, we have figured it out. So I am writing this article so that you can easily understand and run a gblorb file easily.

First of all, you need WinGit. You may be thinking, “Ok, I am just gonna google and download it.” We also did the same but the result was very confusing. Then after browsing some forum, we found the right application to play .gblorb games.

How to play .gblorb games in Windows PC

First of all, download the game file. If it is a .zip, .rar file then extract it (learn how). You should have a file named like gamename.gblorb.

Download WinGit from here:

Extract and run Git.exe. Now select the gamename.gblorb and hit Open button. You Should be able to play the .gblorb game.

How to play .gblorb games in MacOS and Linux

Download and install Wine from https://www.winehq.org/. Follow their instruction and install it. It basically allows you to run Windows applications. We may share a full tutorial on how to install Wine but not today. After installing Wine, run Git.exe with Wine and do same as Windows instruction. You should be able to play it.

So that’s all about it. It is fairly simple so you should be able to do it without issues. Even so,if you face any problem please let us know in comment section.

Whether you’re a pro gamer or you prefer viewing multiple documents simultaneously, chances are the idea of having more than one monitor to view your games and files might have crossed your mind.

If you have set up a second monitor and are looking for a way to move your game display from one screen to the other, you’re in the right place. In this article, we tell you how to move your game between the two monitors in a few simple steps.

How to Move a Game to the Other Monitor on a Windows PC?

There are a number of ways to move your game to the secondary monitor you have set up when using a Windows PC. Let’s take a look at these various methods:

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you are already playing a game on your computer, you can use keyboard shortcuts. This method is quick and easy ­– here is how to do it:

  1. Press “Alt” and “Enter” on your keyboard simultaneously to resize your game window. (This won’t minimize your window but will allow you to move it about.)
  2. Drag the game window across to the other screen.

Using Settings to Change the Primary Display

You can also adjust the display settings of your Windows PC to enable you to have the game appear on the secondary monitor. This is how to do it:

  1. Navigate to the “Start” button at the bottom of the screen and click it.
  2. Select the “Settings” icon, which is depicted by a small gear symbol.
  3. In the window that opens, select “System.”
  4. Choose “Display” from the menu on the left-hand pane.
  5. On the right pane that opens, scroll down to “Multiple Displays.” If you have a secondary screen plugged into your PC, a drop-down menu will be visible. Click on it and select “Show Only on Two” to display your game on the second screen.

If you aren’t sure which monitor is set as the primary or secondary monitor, you can always choose “Identify” under display settings to see each monitor’s setting. This is especially handy if you have more than two monitors plugged in.

Using Projector Mode

This method is relatively simple and requires only a few steps:

  1. Ensure your secondary screen is connected to your PC and launch your game.
  2. Press “P” and the “Windows” key simultaneously.
  3. Multiple options will display. Choose “PC Screen Only” from the choices available.

Your primary monitor will go black, and the game will continue playing on the second screen. To exit out of projector mode, you will need to follow the above steps again.

When you set up your monitors this way, you will also want to ensure that your mouse is working accordingly too, so you can play your games without hassle. To ensure your mouse works with the secondary screen, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that your second monitor is plugged in correctly.
  2. Slide your mouse across your desk so that the cursor runs across one screen and then appears on your gaming display screen.
  3. Your cursor will now no longer be visible on the original screen and will be present only on the screen you are using for gaming.

How to Move a Game to the Other Monitor on a Mac

Using a secondary screen with a Mac is a little bit more involved. You will first need to have the correct cables and know how to connect a second screen to your Mac. When adding a second screen, your Mac will need to be turned on, and you will need to be logged in. Next, you will need to know how to move your game to a second screen on a Mac:

  1. On your Mac, navigate to “System Preferences.”
  2. Select “Displays.” From here, various tabs will open at the top. Choose “Arrangement.”
  3. In the Arrangement window, there will be an option called “Mirror Displays.” Make sure the box next to it is unchecked. This allows you to use your Mac screen and your secondary screen as two different displays.

Next, you will need to align the screens in the arrangement tab. This allows you to move files from one screen to the other as though you were sliding them across your desk. You do this by dragging the image of the secondary screen and positioning it next to your primary screen in the window on the arrangements page.

It is important to remember that should you position the physical monitors to accurately reflect the setting in Arrangements. Otherwise, what you see on screen may not accurately correlate with where your monitors are positioned.

Once you have done this, you can set one of the monitors to be your primary screen. Here’s how to do this:

  • In the window that displays the images of the two monitors, you will see one rendering has a little white bar at the top. Click on this white bar and drag it to the screen you want to use as the primary display.

Your Mac will now have your selected screen set as the primary display. You can now launch your game, and it should load on your second screen.

If you have two monitors connected to your Mac and want to display your game on the second screen without it being set as the primary screen, then you would need to follow these instructions:

  1. Launch the game you want to play.
  2. Press “F3” and “Fn” together.
  3. Now drag the game onto the second screen.

Not a Second to Lose!

Moving a game to a secondary screen can be challenging, especially if you’ve never done it before. The steps provided here are designed to make the process quick and easy so you can set up your gaming interface the way you want and experience your games like never before.

Then the only thing you’ll need to worry about is what game you want to play next.

Have you moved a game to a secondary monitor before? Did you use steps or instructions similar to those given in this guide or did you use a different method? Let us know in the comments section below.

EVERNIGHT is a Role Playing game developed by HONG KONG TOUDA CO., LIMITED. BlueStacks app player is the best PC platform (emulator) to play this android game on your PC or Mac for a better gaming experience.

Game Features

Enhancements

  • Macros
  • Rerolling
  • Eco Mode
  • Multi Instance Sync
  • Enhancements

Multi Instance

Build a kingdom. Collect resources. Do more. With Multi-Instance, playing EVERNIGHT is even more thrilling. Open multiple instances and play the same game from different accounts.

Script

Automate repetitive tasks in EVERNIGHT with BlueStacks Script. Write a set of commands to execute a series of actions that you want to automate. Bind it to one key and you are done.

Real-Time Translation

With BlueStacks, it is possible to play EVERNIGHT in your local language. Just CTRL+Shift+L to use the Real-Time Translation feature and instantly translate the game in a language of your choice.

High FPS

Get the competitive edge in EVERNIGHT by enabling the highest FPS. Experience crisper graphics and smoother animations.

How to Download and Play EVERNIGHT on PC

Download and install BlueStacks on your PC

Complete Google sign-in to access the Play Store, or do it later

Look for EVERNIGHT in the search bar at the top right corner

Click to install EVERNIGHT from the search results

Complete Google sign-in (if you skipped step 2) to install EVERNIGHT

Click the EVERNIGHT icon on the home screen to start playing

Minimum System Requirements

With BlueStacks 5, you can get started on a PC that fulfills the following requirements.

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 or above

Processor

Intel or AMD Processor

5GB Free Disk Space

* You must be an Administrator on your PC. Up to date graphics drivers from Microsoft or the chipset vendor.

No need to even break the law

The modern landscape of video games is chock-full of exciting new releases, but sometimes the latest and greatest won’t scratch that retro itch. Every so often, the urge strikes for a quick round of Sonic the Hedgehog or Mortal Kombat, but we don’t all live in mansions lined with retro consoles or the appropriate setups to enjoy them with.

But you’re likely reading this article right now on the very thing that can allow you to quench your thirst for all things retro console gaming: your PC. Yes, it’s very possible to play old console games from the ’80s and ’90s (and earlier!) on your PC, and you don’t have to go around the law to do so.

If you’ve got some time, a PC capable of handling rudimentary graphics, and a burning desire to go on a retro gaming bender, there are plenty of ways to do so, all without spending a dime. Get ready for a blast from the past.

How To Find Classic Console Games Online

Ready to embark on your search? While there are plenty of dubious ways you can obtain games on the internet, we certainly don’t want to get you on the wrong side of the law.

Luckily, you don’t have to partake in any shady activities to play some of the games you miss the most from your childhood. There are plenty of them hiding in plain sight, but others you may have to dig a bit for. Here are a few great stops you should make on your quest to find classic console titles on your PC.

The Internet Arcade (via The Internet Archive)

Thanks to The Internet Archive, you can play nearly 1,000 classic console games online without having to leave your browser. Head on over to The Internet Arcade, a massive emulation project that let you explore a wide variety of classic games without downloading any potentially malware-infested files or trying to find an emulator that will run the game you’re looking for.

From Burger Time to Lode Runner, there’s a ton of different titles you can jump right into in the blink of an eye. By using your keyboard to control each game, you can jump into a fantastically retro gaming session on a moment’s notice, and jump right off the page when you’re doing playing. No muss, no fuss, and you don’t even have to look very far to find it.

ClassicReload

If you’re ready to ride the retro wave, prepare to hit the motherlode. ClassicReload is home to a wide variety of classic games across platforms like the Sega Genesis, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, TurboGrafx-16, ColecoVision, and more. There’s a wide variety of PC titles to level out the massive collection, too.

Each and every game is playable in your browser, so you don’t have to go out of your way or do any extra work to get them to run. Plus, the site is always adding new archived software for you to check out.

If you prefer to play with a game pad, it supports those as well. Perhaps the real challenge will be hiding it from your boss and pretending to be busy?

Abandonia

If you’re tired of console games and want to spend some time with PC games, check out the Abandonia archive, which is home to a massive repository of downloadable games released for the PC between 1980 and the late 1990s.

There are thousands of titles hosted here, all for your downloading convenience. Best of all, you can grab as many games as you want to your heart’s content, because they’re all covered under the “abandonware” free software clause. This means that it’s essentially computer software that has been “abandoned” by its owner and is no longer being supported or sold.

The Abandonia team ensures every game hosted on the site falls under these guidelines before uploading, and as such has created a massive collection of games for you to sift through. If you’re looking for that favorite childhood game you forgot the name of years ago or just want to browse, this is your best first stop.

Keep in mind however that you will need to download the free DOSBox emulator if you want to be able to play these games on your computer, as they are not optimized for modern PCs, and may require special tweaking to get to work properly.

Summary

By now, you should have a modicum of places you can head to online to both find and play your favorite console games from the ‘80s and ‘90s on a PC. While there are still others that exist in a legally grey area, we recommend sticking to those that are above-board. With so many titles out there available by legal means, how could you ever have time to do anything but that, anyway?

Just remember, the next time you have a hankering for blowing out that NES cartridge slot or cleaning the yellow grime off of that Super Nintendo, you’ve got alternatives. You’ve got the internet and your PC – what a time to be alive.