How to play Death Stranding on Mac

Is it possible to play Death Stranding on Mac

Death Stranding is a new masterpiece from Hideo Kojima. It is an open-world action game, that takes place in the post-apocalyptic territory of the former United States. Breathtaking story and advanced graphics made it bestseller since the release on PS4 in 2019. In July 2020 version for PC appeared on Steam. And what about Mac? Top MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and iMac models with discrete graphic cards may easily handle the game. However, to the date of creating this article, there is still NO version for MacOS. However, with the help of instructions below you will be able to play Death Stranding on Mac and (probably soon) on Android and iOS. How is that possible? Keep on reading.

System Requirements

Minimal Recommended
OS: Windows® 10 OS: Windows® 10
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen™ 3 1200 Processor: Intel™ Core i7-3770 or AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600
RAM: 8 GB RAM: 8 GB
Video card: GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 560 4 GB Video card: GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 590
DirectX: from 12 version DirectX: from 12 version
Disc space: 80 GB Disc space: 80 GB

Play Death Stranding on Mac with Parallels

Death Stranding on mac

Death Stranding requires lots of PC resources, but if you have a powerful Mac computer (iMac, iMac Pro, or Mac Pro) 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 Death Stranding game on Mac.

Download Parallels Desktop

Note: Recommended devices to run resource-demanding games: MacBook Pro (models with Intel processor, discrete graphics cards, and 16 Gb of RAM or more), iMac (models with Intel processor, discrete graphics cards, and 16 Gb of RAM or more), iMac Pro (all versions are suitable), Mac Pro (all versions are suitable). Parallels on Mac computers with M1 (M1 Pro, M1 Max) chips may not support recent games. Games that require DirectX 12 and later currently not supported by Parallels.

Play Death Stranding on Mac with Boosteroid (Europe) or Nvidia Geforce Now (US)

Update: Boosteroid and Nvidia Geforce Now fully support Death Stranding! Play the advanced game on a Mac, old Windows PC, and even Android!

If you have an old Mac or it cannot satisfy the Death Stranding game system requirements, there is an easy solution. Cloud gaming provides you with sufficient cloud resources for a fixed fee. All you need is a browser or 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 Boosteroid, Shadow.tech, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Google Stadia, and Nvidia Geforce Now. Among them, only Boosteroid and Nvidia Geforce Now have Death Stranding in their game catalog, and you can play on any Mac computer (starting from MacOS 10.10) and even Android! Boosteroid and Nvidia Geforce Now can stream games with high resolution (1080p), every service has its pros and cons.

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Play Death Stranding on Mac with BootCamp

Note: Mac computers with new Apple Silicon (M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max) currently do not support BootCamp. In this case, please, use the options above to run Death Stranding on Mac

This method is simple but time-consuming. If your Mac meets the system requirements above, this is probably the best way to play Death Stranding 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)