This might sound incredibly obvious but no one ever buys a Mac desktop or laptop for gaming. Macs are usually catered to those who want a device for efficiency and productivity. However, if you go through Steam there are quite a lot of games that can be played on macOS. With that said, there are a lot of AAA titles that are not available on the platform, but this might change soon as two very popular titles–Death Stranding and No Man’s Sky–are now available for Macs.
Right at the beginning of the month, Hello Games launched their sci-fi action-adventure survival game, No Man’s Sky, on Macs and it includes all the content updates from the past seven years. The developers have also mentioned that the Mac version of the game will receive new content and updates at the same time as the other platforms.
The game will be playable on any Mac with Apple silicon which includes desktops such as the Mac mini, iMac and Mac Studio and laptops such as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. On top of that, it is also playable on older Intel-based Macs with a Core i5 CPU as long as it meets the minimum requirements (Intel i5-based Mac with 8GB RAM and Radeon Pro 570X 4GB Graphics Card, 20GB Storage).
Hello Games mentioned that this version of No Man’s Sky was built from the ground up with a new rendering pipeline to take full advantage of Apple Silicon and Metal 3 features such as MetalFX Upscaling that allows the game to achieve console quality graphics whilst maintaining battery life on laptops and lower-end devices.
No Man’s Sky for Mac is now available on Steam and for those who already have the game for PC, you can just download it onto your Macs without needing to buy another copy. The game also now supports cross-save between both systems. The Mac App Store version will be arriving shortly.
As for Death Stranding, KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS and publisher 505 Games announced today that Mac users will be receiving the definitive vision of Hideo Kojima’s critically-acclaimed epic. You can now pre-order Death Stranding Director’s Cut on the Mac App Store for US$39.99 (~SGD54/~MYR184). The official price and release date will be announced at a later date.
Similar to No Man’s Sky, this game will run natively on Apple silicon and makes full use of Metal 3 features such as MetalFX Upscaling, allowing for unbeatable graphical fidelity and amazing performance.
So with the release of both these beloved games for the platform, could this help push more developers to support the platform just like what Valve’s Steam Deck and Steam OS have done for Linux? I guess only time will tell.