How to play Forza Horizon 4 on Mac

Developed by Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios, Forza Horizon 4 is an open-world car-racing videogame. The game features the major car festival on the planet enticing players to compete for the top of the board. Although car racing might seem to be boring at some point, a wide range of seasonal changes brought in will make you entertained throughout the whole experience. Players are not limited to a single track to ride through. Conversely, the game offers to explore different landscapes and historical sites scattered around Great Britain. So, customize your character to stand out with the fastest and most beautiful car of your dream. The Forza Horizon series has been floating around the gaming community for a pretty long time, yet it has not had a chance to shed light on macOS. Although it sounds quite disappointing, there is a way to launch Forza Horizon 4 on macOS. See what we are talking about down below.

System Requirements

Minimal Recommended
OS: Windows® 7 or 10 64-bit OS: Windows® 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel i3-4170 @ 3.7Ghz OR Intel i5 750 @ 2.67Ghz Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
RAM: 8 GB RAM: 12 GB
Video card: NVidia 650TI OR NVidia GT 740 OR AMD R7 250x Video card: NVidia GTX 970 OR NVidia GTX 1060 3GB OR AMD R9 290x OR AMD RX 470
DirectX: from 11 version DirectX: from 11 version
Disc space: 6 GB Disc space: 6 GB

Play Forza Horizon 4 on Mac with Parallels

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Forza Horizon 4 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 Forza Horizon 4 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 Forza Horizon 4 on Mac with Xbox Cloud Gaming (Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

play forza horizon 4 with xbox game pass ultimate

If you have an old Mac or it cannot satisfy Forza Horizon 4 game system requirements, there is an easy solution. Cloud gaming services provide 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 20 Mbits/s. There are several great services (Nvidia Geforce Now, Google Stadia), however, currently ONLY Xbox Cloud Gaming offers Forza Horizon 4. You can play the game on any Mac computer (starting from MacOS 10.10) and even Android using Google Chrome or Safari browser!

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Play Forza Horizon 4 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 Forza Horizon 4 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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