How to play DayZ on Mac

Released in 2018 by Bohemia Interactive, DayZ is a post-apocalypse multiplayer survival shared between 60 players on a mutual server. When it comes to playing DayZ, players are nowhere to rest as there are packs of zombies striving to suck your blood out. The open-world area is saturated with the dangerous silence waiting to bite into the skin just around the corner. Find food supplies, protection, and various weapons to grind your way out of the dangerous world. Choose to team up or fend off other players pursuing the same goal of survival. DayZ has been actively played around the whole globe, yet with no Mac users getting involved. Although Mac is notoriously not a gaming operating system, there are some users that would like to use it for playing video games regardless. Luckily, there is a way to do it via Cloudgaming and other technologies for cross-platform gaming.

System Requirements

Minimal Recommended
OS: Windows 7/8.1 64-bit OS: Windows 10 (64-Bit)
Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K or AMD R5 1600X
RAM: 8 GB RAM: 12 GB
Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD R9 270X Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD RX 580
DirectX: from 11 version DirectX: from 11 version
Disc space: 16 GB Disc space: 25 GB

Play DayZ on Mac with Parallels

play DayZ on mac with parallels

DayZ requires lots of PC resources, but you can play the game if you have a powerful Mac computer (iMac, iMac Pro, or Mac Pro), and Parallels Desktop can be a solution. This is software for Windows virtualization on Mac with the full support of DirectX and GPUs. It allows you to install Windows 10 on Mac with a couple of clicks and switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy the DayZ game on Mac.

Download Parallels Desktop

Play DayZ on Mac with Vortex.gg or Nvidia Geforce Now

Update: Nvidia Geforce Now supports DayZ to the date and you can play DayZ on Mac on full settings! Register and explore cloud gaming now!

If you have an old Mac or it cannot satisfy DayZ game system requirements, there is an easy solution. Cloud gaming provides you sufficient cloud resources for a fixed fee. All you need is a small client program and a good internet connection starting from 15 Mbits/s. There are several great services, that provide such an opportunity, among the best are Vortex.gg and Nvidia Geforce Now. Nvidia Geforce Now already has DayZ in their game catalog soon, and you can play on any Mac computer (starting from MacOS 10.10) and even Android!

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Play DayZ on Mac with BootCamp

This method is simple but time-consuming. If your Mac meets all system requirements above, this is probably the best way to play DayZ for now. You need to set up a dual boot of Windows and Mac via BootCamp. BootCamp allows users to choose the system to work in on startup, however, you won’t be able to switch between systems like in Parallels. You will need to reboot your machine every time you switch from Mac to Windows and vice versa. Remember that Mac is just a computer, that uses common processors, RAM, disks, and other components. So you can install Windows on Mac by allocating disc space of a minimum of 64 Gb (to be able to run Windows and a couple of games). To set up Windows via BootCamp, please, do the following:

For OS X El Capitan 10.11 or later

Mention, that for MacOS versions prior to OS X El Capitan 10.11 you will need to create bootable Windows USB.

  1. Download Windows ISO file
  2. Open Boot Camp Assistant (Go to Applications > Utilities)
  3. Define the Windows partition size choose downloaded Windows ISO file
  4. Format Windows partition and go through all Windows installation steps
  5. When Windows boots for the first time follow on-screen instructions to install Boot Camp and Windows support software (drivers)

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