Can You Game on a MacBook?

A Mac isn’t exactly a gaming PC but can you game at all on a MacBook?
Is the 2015 MacBook Pro 13″ Worth It?

Last year I tested whether a Mac Pro was remotely usable as a gaming PC to see how far games on OS X have come but this around I used a MacBook Pro 13″ running OS X 10.10 Yosemite with Steam running games like Minecraft, League of Legends, Tomb Raider, Borderlands and more. I also load up Windows 10 using Boot Camp and test the Windows vs Mac gaming performance in games like Grand Theft Auto 5 and Shadow of Mordor.

Can You Game on a Mac?



20 thoughts on “Can You Game on a MacBook?”

  1. What should I get? So I want a laptop for school but I would also like to be able to play on it, I'm just not sure if I should go with a macbook pro or a MSI Gaming laptop (I know mac is shit for gaming) //budget= $3000\

  2. I've owned Mac computers all my life, but I have worked with PCs at school. I personally prefer Apple for a lot of things. I don't care… Call me and iSheep! I am not a heavy gamer and I put extensive editing and school work before gaming. I play minecraft, Star stable, and other games on my 2007 iMac and even more on my 2010 MacBook (the ugly white). I am sure windows works for many people! I cope with it and it's not terrible like many iSheep say. I also do not understand the argument that Macs are overpriced. You're paying for a power house (most of their computers) that will last for 10 years. Now, it may not be powerful as a gaming pc, but not all people are gamers. Many studios use powerful macs because they excel at editing. They're not just $1,300 Facebook machines (well the 2015 MacBook is). Also, why do some people prefer a more complex os? I hate the pop ups I get while using pc. Isn't technology supposed to make our lives easier?

  3. The macbook pro and OSX isn't even built for gaming (15'' running OSX Capitan 10.11.2 with a quad-core 2.2 GHz intel i7, 16GB memory, and a 256GB SSD). I use it primarily to write music on Logic Pro X (and it runs fine on it. Note that i'm pretty new with the system, having worked primarily with notation-based software, like MuseScore and Sibelius).

    For breaks, sometimes I use it to play League of Legends on it and it runs just fine (though with about half of the price, you could get a good windows-based laptop that runs games better, provided you don't want to be a wacko with Logic Pro).

    Personally, I'm a big fan of both. For multitasking, I like the Mac's feature of switching between various full-screen apps with the trackpad, but there's no rivaling Windows 10's way of handling multiple windows simultaneously. For general work, I would go with windows (since the layout is more user-friendly and therefore more productive; I wouldn't use a Mac for creating spreadsheets and creating newsletters anyway). For writing music (my primary hobby), I would definitely use a Mac, since OS X is the only OS that supports Logic Pro.

    For gaming, I'm not a serious gamer. Like I said, I only play League of Legends during periods when I have finished all that needs to be done for the day. Maybe in the future when I have established myself better (I'm a college student; go figure), I will purchase or build a computer (or laptop, depending on whether or not I will be as mobile as I am today) running windows, since it handles games far better than a macbook…and boasts cheaper prices for comparable specs.

    Overall, Mac or PC? For me, it's a tie. It depends on what I want to do. I'm not solely tied to programming, writing music, developing videos, or playing games. I will tell you that the Macbook Pro I'm working on now is the best Laptop (by specs) that I have ever owned, but that's only because I did not purchase a Windows-based laptop with the money used for the Macbook Pro.

    DON'T GAME ON A MAC…unless you're casual.

  4. Instead of getting a fully loaded MacBook Pro for $2000, you can get a base model 2015 MacBook Air for $899 and it can game way better due to its UltraBook Specs in a Netbook, like all source games being 60-120fps and Tomb Raider getting an average 30fps in Mac OS X El Capitan,

  5. This is coming from a mac gamer herself. DO NOT BUY A MAC FOR GAMING.
    Every time I play minecraft my mac shuts on this really, really loud fan.
    WIndows is much better for gaming…

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