Gaming Performance on Apple Silicon is Better than Expected

The compatibility of modern games has been tested by members of the Mac community and the results are better than originally anticipated. Although lack of Bootcamp support still means that you’re limited to a very small number of games, the performance isn’t bad all things considered.

Metal API was used

Many popular games like World of Warcraft, XCOM 2 and Total War run quite smoothly, even with all the settings cranked to high/ultra. Some newer games like Borderlands 3 managed to achieve 30-40 FPS on average at 1080p using the medium graphics quality preset.

Most tests were at 1080p

The more intensive games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and FF XIV are a choppy mess though. Not unsurprising considering that you’re looking at an integrated graphics processor. Regardless, this means that optimizing games for new Apple hardware shouldn’t be too hard, and some of the more played games should at least make their way to Mac.


Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started my first technology blog, Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it was a classic example of too many people trying out multiple different things but getting nothing done. Left in late 2019 and been working on Hardware Times ever since.
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