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#1 Oct 06 2013 at 1:04 PM Rating: Good
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I have a 15" MacBook Pro Retina (w/ 2.6 GHz i7 and nVidia GT650). I play FFXIV in Bootcamp (Win7) and it plays really well.. I keep it on "Laptop(high)" with shadows off and I get about 45 FPS most of the time and 30 FPS in busy FATES and cities.

I don't own an up-to-date version of Parallels (still on 7) but I've heard 9 is much better at handling graphics. I own Parallels because I used to need it for work, but work went from Window software to web-based software and now I don't really have that requirement any more. I was thinking of upgrading anyway because Parallels 7 won't work with OSX Mavericks.

Anyway .. if anyone has any experience they can share about playing virtualized on the same Mac, or a mac with a similar GPU, I would really appreciate it. I certainly don't expect equivalent framerates, but if I could confirm at least "fully playable on low" I'd be happy.

(And PS - I do have a gaming computer! Please no rants about how Macs are not good for gaming.. I know this! It's my work laptop).
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#2 Oct 06 2013 at 2:06 PM Rating: Decent
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I am soooo looking forward to this answer. I too have a MacBook Pro and I was curious to know if it was possible to play on this laptop...if at all...
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#3 Oct 06 2013 at 2:23 PM Rating: Good
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karumii wrote:
I am soooo looking forward to this answer. I too have a MacBook Pro and I was curious to know if it was possible to play on this laptop...if at all...


currently playing on my GF's mid-2010 15" macbook pro, has a geforce 330m graphics card... i'm running FFXIV in windows via bootcamp. i have to turn all the settings way down to get a good framerate (or i can turn them up to get OK framerates) but its definitely playable and enjoyable!!!! even in big time fates and stuff :)

havent tried running it through parallels yet but im assuming it would run a little slower. not sure though!! if anyone tries this let us know how it works

Edited, Oct 6th 2013 4:24pm by chillpickle
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chillpickle wrote:
karumii wrote:
I am soooo looking forward to this answer. I too have a MacBook Pro and I was curious to know if it was possible to play on this laptop...if at all...


currently playing on my GF's mid-2010 15" macbook pro, has a geforce 330m graphics card... i'm running FFXIV in windows via bootcamp. i have to turn all the settings way down to get a good framerate (or i can turn them up to get OK framerates) but its definitely playable and enjoyable!!!! even in big time fates and stuff :)

havent tried running it through parallels yet but im assuming it would run a little slower. not sure though!! if anyone tries this let us know how it works

Edited, Oct 6th 2013 4:24pm by chillpickle



I am happy to hear this... I won't have to buy a new computer now... Sooooo that being said... I think I may go pick the game up now lol...
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#5 Oct 06 2013 at 4:37 PM Rating: Decent
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karumii wrote:
chillpickle wrote:
karumii wrote:
I am soooo looking forward to this answer. I too have a MacBook Pro and I was curious to know if it was possible to play on this laptop...if at all...


currently playing on my GF's mid-2010 15" macbook pro, has a geforce 330m graphics card... i'm running FFXIV in windows via bootcamp. i have to turn all the settings way down to get a good framerate (or i can turn them up to get OK framerates) but its definitely playable and enjoyable!!!! even in big time fates and stuff :)

havent tried running it through parallels yet but im assuming it would run a little slower. not sure though!! if anyone tries this let us know how it works

Edited, Oct 6th 2013 4:24pm by chillpickle



I am happy to hear this... I won't have to buy a new computer now... Sooooo that being said... I think I may go pick the game up now lol...


yeah totally! ive heard others getting great performance by overclocking the GPU & CPU... but im too scared to risk that so ill take how it is now :)

keep in mind though, on my mid-2009 13" macbook pro (significantly less powerful components as the 15" i play on), i get pretty terrible performance, even with low settings. its not really playable at all. so it depends on what model you have :) but if you have anything newer than 2009 and a 15" or 17" chances are it'll run just fine :)
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#6 Oct 07 2013 at 7:54 AM Rating: Good
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I have a new 2012 Mac Pro with Retina. I loaded up win 7 on boot camp and played on high settings. It played decent, not as good as my home computer but i wanted to try it. There is another thread about it. In that thread there was mention not to play on parallels but to use boot camp. The only problem I had is almost instantly the fan kicked up, this is the first time I even heard the fan lol.
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