Parallels Desktop for Mac w/ M1 good for gaming?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by JassicaM1, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. JassicaM1

    JassicaM1 Bit Poster

    I'm very new to computer gaming (not counting my late 90's days of Freddie Fish and Age of Empires) and considering purchasing the Parallels Desktop for Mac for my M1 MacBook Air.

    The only games I've played on Mac thus far have been Morrowind (OpenMW) and Oblivion (Porting Kit). I was able to figure out modding for OpenMW but no such luck with Oblivion as I believe Porting Kit is still being worked on.

    I don't know much about Parallels but would using it make it easier for me to play and mod PC games? Any body have experience with it for M1 Macs?
  2. Maria@Parallels

    Maria@Parallels Kilo Poster

  3. JassicaM1

    JassicaM1 Bit Poster

    I purposely made sure you could see the Mac desktop in the video, and included the launch of Parallels Desktop 17, the launch of Windows 11, and the launch of each game to emphasize the environment in which each game was running. To keep the video short, I only included enough game play so that you could see that the game was working fine.
    Unfortunately, there is no easy way to predict this with complete accuracy, but here is a loose guide you can follow:
    Does the game require DirectX 12? If so, then the game probably won't run in a VM.
    Does the game require one of a few specific video cards? If so, then the game probably won't run in a VM.
    Was the game released in the last few months? If so, the game may not run in a VM nor on the Windows PC you bought last year.
    Otherwise, it is likely that the game will run in a VM.
    Even better than a refund, you can test the game without any payment to either Parallels or Microsoft omegle shagle of Parallels Desktop 17. If you are using an M1 Mac, no payment is required to use the Insider Preview of Windows 10 on ARM or Windows 11 on ARM during this 14-day trial. (If you are using an Intel Mac, you already know that at first launch Parallels Desktop will offer to download Windows 10 for you.) If the game you want runs and plays well, then you can purchase both Parallels Desktop and Windows.
  4. LuciaB1


    Hello Maria,
    I've bought Parallels 17 after reading the blog article you posted to play Age of Empires II definitive edition, but I'm facing problems I don't know how to fix.
    I'm very new in playing games on Mac and I bought my M1 just few months ago, so I'm probably missing some points...
    As far as I've understood, my Mac meets the minimum requirements to play and I've done everything as the article states, but when I try to install the game an error always occurs. I'll upload the configuration details of the setup I've used, could you please help me?
    I've already tried to disinstall&reinstall Paralles, Paralles toolbox and game service pack: nothing has changed.
    Thank you very much

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