Can you really run 3D games?

Discussion in 'Windows Virtual Machine' started by babygodzilla, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla Junior Member

    i just installed Company of Heroes and i couldnt run it. there was an error regarding DirectX and hardware capabilities. what should i do?

    i am on an Intel Core Duo iMac 2.16 Ghz, ATI Radeon 256 MB

    the exact error is:

    i just installed DirectX 10

    thank you
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2007
  2. jackybe67

    jackybe67 Pro

    parallels supports only directx 8.1 !!!!!!

    These are the games tested by parallels and should work

    Alien Arena 2007
    Baldur’s Gate 2
    Bus Driver
    Call of Duty
    Doom 3
    Duke Nukem Manhattan Project
    Dungeon Siege 2
    GORE – Ultimate Soldier
    Hitman Codename 47
    Hitman Silent Assassin
    Hitman Contracts
    Max Payne
    Max Payne 2
    Quake 1
    Quake 2
    Quake 3 Arena
    Return to Castle Wolfenstein
    Scorched 3D
    Serious Sam – The First Encounter
    Serious Sam – The Second Encounter
    Unreal Tournament 2004
    Warcraft 3
    Wolfenstein – Enemy Territories
    Worms 3D
  3. chuwy

    chuwy Junior Member

    I could of sworn it used to say Unreal Tournament 2003 instead of 2004.....
  4. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla Junior Member

    hmmmm well there is no mention of that in the Update post. all it says is the capability to "run 3D games," or something along that line.

    what about Half-Life 2? i coulda sworn that they tried that.

    NAMKCOR Bit poster

    well I sure hope they are able to upgrade that to DX10 soon
  6. itsdapead

    itsdapead Hunter

    Well, I've had UT2004 running, but its rather jerky - you'd be better off using BootCamp or getting the OSX native version.

    I've had "Freelancer" running quite playably - but even then the sound is crackly and the opening "splash" and intro videos don't play and the shading on the cut-scenes is iffy.

    Getting that far is, actually, jolly impressive - but touting "run 3D games" as a headline feature was, I think, a bit premature and could backfire.
  7. jkwuc89

    jkwuc89 Member

    Or do what I a game console and use it to play games. Considering what game developers go through to squeeze every ounce of performance out of DirectX and the underlying hardware, it is no surprise at all that a lot of games don't run well if at all in a virtualized hardware environment.
  8. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla Junior Member

    how bout the video drivers? mine still says Parallels Video Driver or something like that. is that correct?

    i just tried to run Guild Wars. pretty old game. still got an error.

    I do have DirectX 8 installed.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2007
  9. zumwalt

    zumwalt Member

    That is correct. As mentioned this is "supposed" to be 8.1 compliant. However it is pickey at best. I have tons more working on VMWare than I have in Parallels. At the very least all of my development tools work with VMWare an DirectX 8.1 and even some 9 stuff if it doesn't have 9 specific calls (backward compatibility)

    If you are buying Parallels because you think you can start playing your uber games on it, forget it. Just buy a PC for gaming. This is definately a broken feature. I personally only wanted it to reduce the amount of computers I have for development. C'Est La Vie for now.

    We will see in a year or two what they do.
  10. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla Junior Member


    meh...too much hype over this feature...
  11. avi8tor

    avi8tor Bit poster

    Yep... way too much hype. Direct X 9 (or better) is the standard. Who was the genius that decided to support only 8.1? They might as well have supported only Win 98 or some earlier version. Big disappointment on my end. Even more so after the terrible tech support to get the upgrade.

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