Mac gaming has always been a challenge due to the lack of compatible titles and the limitations of hardware. However, with advancements in Apple's M-series chips and the emergence of streaming services like Nvidia's GeForce Now, Mac users now have a viable option for gaming.
Apple's M-series chips, such as the M1 and the rumored M2 and M3, have significantly improved the gaming capabilities of MacBooks. In some cases, these devices can even surpass gaming laptops and PCs thanks to the power of Apple's silicon alone.
On the other hand, Chromebooks like the Acer Chromebook 516 GE can handle PC games through streaming services like GeForce Now. Despite their weaker specs compared to other laptops, Chromebooks can run popular PC games like Cyberpunk 2077 with little issue, as long as there is a solid internet connection.
GeForce Now offers a vast library of games that can be streamed on any MacBook, including older models like the M1 MacBook Air. This eliminates the biggest obstacle for gaming on Mac devices – the lack of compatible titles. With GeForce Now, Mac users have access to a massive library of games, making their gaming experience comparable to that of Windows gamers.
While performance on GeForce Now mainly depends on the internet connection, even the M1 MacBook Air can handle intensive games. A good internet connection reduces latency and ensures smooth gameplay. Testing three titles – Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2, and Octopath Traveler – showed that gameplay and audio were smooth with no visible stuttering or framerate drops when using a strong home WiFi connection.
Using GeForce Now on a MacBook Air is similar to gaming on a Chromebook. The streaming service handles the game's required specs, and the library continues to expand with new games each week. With this level of performance already accessible to Mac users, there is no need to wait for Apple to port titles or for gamers to take on the difficult task themselves.
Mac gaming continues to evolve, with partnerships between Apple and game developers, as well as the development of tools to port games to macOS. However, for those who want a robust library of games now, GeForce Now offers a practical and simple solution.
Mac users can enjoy gaming on older MacBook models as long as they have a fast and unobstructed internet connection. While certain aspects like resolution and refresh rate may not be up to par, Mac users can still have a great gaming experience comparable to that of Windows gamers.
So, Mac users can now break out their MacBook Air and enjoy gaming with GeForce Now, knowing that they have a viable option for gaming without the need for extensive hardware upgrades.