It’s no surprise that Apple hasn’t really made a big splash in the Mac gaming scene. That hasn’t stopped the bitten apple company from making some serious moves in this space with its M1 silicon powered product familywhose performance supposedly rivals enthusiast-class RTX 30-series GPUs (but not where it really matters).
Feral Interactive has ported dozens of games to the Mac over the years: everything from Sid Meiers Railroads! and Tomb Raider for a bunch of Total War games. Feral has become a household name for gaming on the Mac and has high hopes for the future of gaming on the Max, according to a recent interview with MacRumors.
A spokesperson for Feral addressed the common issues that prevent great games from launching on the Mac. “The problem is that AAA games often push the boundaries of hardware, and we need to make sure that we can make a game run well on a wide range of machines, often several years old. However, the current transition to Apple Silicon opens up some interesting opportunities,” they said.
As Apple moves away from Intel-based Macs, the developer explains that “[Apple’s silicon] delivers a huge leap in power and gaming that translates to better performance and improved graphics fidelity.”
The developer cited severe performance and stability issues on Intel-based Macs with iGPUs. “We had to spend a large chunk of extended development cycles optimizing games to ensure they run their best on devices that weren’t designed or engineered for games.”
Ultimately, while Apple’s claim of enthusiast-grade discrete GPU performance may not ring completely truethe new chips are much better than your average iGPU over the last decade.
What does this mean for the future of gaming on the Mac? Feral says Apple Silicon gives it a “greater degree of freedom when looking at more demanding games”.
There’s no denying that Apple’s new M1 Silicon offers Mac users a major performance upgrade, and Feral’s latest release, Total War: Warhammer IIIis only available on Macs with an M1 chip.