Apple has a chance to fix Mac gaming for good in 2024

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Alex Blake

By Alex Blake December 9, 2023 9:00AM

Looking back, 2023 was a banderole year for Mac gaming. As a gamer, it feels absolutely surreal to say that, accustomed how black the accomplished has been. But it’s accurate — and for the aboriginal time in a continued time, the sun is animated on Mac gamers.

We’ve had the M3 alternation of chips with accouterments ray tracing, cobweb shading, and bigger GPUs. On the software side, Apple has complete accoutrement like Game Mode and a bold porting toolkit into macOS. And some massive amateur accept appear to the Mac, including Baldur’s Gate 3 and Lies of P.

Yet admitting all that positivity, there’s still one affair Apple needs to fix for Mac gamers as we arch into 2024. If it doesn’t, so abundant of the adamantine assignment over the accomplished 12 months will accept been for nothing.

The big names are missing

Lies of P actuality played on an iMac.Luke Larsen / Digital Trends

For years, Apple’s gaming struggles accept been bound in a abandoned cycle. Game developers didn’t bother porting their amateur to the Mac because there weren’t abundant players, and gamers didn’t about-face to the Mac because there weren’t abundant big-name amateur to play. Things were at an impasse.

For all the abundant assignment Apple has done on its end, it needs to do abundant added to allure AAA developers to macOS. Right now, there’s a superb alternative of indie amateur to accept from, including some of the best Mac games available. But as acceptable as they are, they’re absurd to cull in austere numbers of players.

Big-name franchises like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Grand Theft Auto, and EA Sports FC are all absent from the Mac, to name aloof a few. If that bearings were to change, it would assuredly mark the Mac as a austere gaming destination already and for all.

Not alone that, but it would be a attestation to the backbone of Apple’s hardware. Just a few years ago, a MacBook would attempt to amount a word-processing certificate after its admirers ramping up (OK, conceivably I’m exaggerating). But active abundantly ambitious amateur on a Mac would be a massive win for Mac users and for Apple’s own chips.

Gaining momentum

Craig Ferguson introducing Mac Gaming at WWDC.Apple

Of course, it’ll booty added than aloof able chips to argue bold developers to accomplish the bound to the Mac. The software has to be abundant to assignment with, for one thing. And, of course, there charge be a accommodating admirers accessible to breeze up new titles as they launch.

Apple already seems to be alive to fix the aboriginal part. With macOS Sonoma, Apple has arranged a game porting toolkit that aims to accomplish the accomplished action smoother. It does this by enabling devs to see how able-bodied their amateur will run in macOS, which abundantly simplifies the action of converting their titles for Apple’s platform. The ambition is to annihilate months of assignment back porting a bold to the Mac.

Attracting an admirers will be abundant harder, but alms a bonanza alternative of top-tier amateur absolutely can’t aching — and we apperceive Apple is working with developers here. That’s the aftermost allotment of the puzzle, and one that Apple absolutely needs to fix in 2024. Baldur’s Gate 3 and Lies of P are amazing additions, but they should be apparent as aloof the start. There’s no time for Apple to blow on its laurels.

With the Vision Pro set to barrage abutting year, Apple admirers will accept addition (very different) way to game. But for me, it’s acute that Apple puts as abundant focus as accessible on Mac gaming. The belvedere has a ton of momentum, and it’d be a abhorrent abashment if it were to be lost.

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