How to play Forza Horizon 5 on Mac

Is it possible to play play Forza Horizon 5 on Mac?

Developed by Playground Games and published by Xbox Games Studios, Forza Horizon 5 is the latest installment of the entire car-racing series. As always, the graphics stunning arcade racing simulator entices its players to ride through Horizon’s greatest adventure. You will be leading breathtaking expeditions across colorful, vibrant Mexico, driving the world’s finest cars without any limits. This open-world and never-ending experience saturated with constantly changing weather conditions and nature locations will bring a variety of genuine races against AI or real people. Open your garage, collect the most furious cars, and ride through the tracks of ambient car racing on Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Unfortunately, there is no Mac around this list making the users unable to play this beautiful game. However, you should not be worried as we are going to show how to launch it on Mac regardless. Read our tutorial below.

System Requirements

Minimal Recommended
OS: Windows 10 version 15063.0 or higher OS: Windows 10 version 15063.0 or higher
Processor: Intel i5-4460 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Processor: Intel i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
RAM: 8 GB RAM: 16 GB
Video card: NVidia GTX 970 OR AMD RX 470 Video card: NVidia GTX 1070 OR AMD RX 590
DirectX: from 12 version DirectX: from 12 version
Disc space: 110 GB Disc space: 110 GB

Play Forza Horizon 5 on Mac with cloud gaming services

Update: Xbox Cloud has Forza Horizon 5 in catalog and allows you to play this beautiful game on weak PC, Mac or even Android. AirGPU allows you to use powerful Windows PC in cloud and access it from your device via special client program. You can run any game with AirGPU, however, it is quite expensive.

If you have an old Mac or it cannot satisfy Forza Horizon 5 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 5 and you can play the game on any Mac computer (starting from MacOS 10.10) and even Android using Google Chrome or Safari browser! AirGPU provides powerful PC in cloud, where you can play any game, however, it is more expensive.

Try Xbox Cloud Try AirGPU

Play Forza Horizon 5 on Mac with BootCamp

Note: Mac computers with new Apple Silicon (M1, M2, M3 Pro, or M1, M2, M3 Max) currently do not support BootCamp. In this case, please, use the options above to run Forza Horizon 5 on Mac

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 5 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)

Play Forza Horizon 5 on Mac with Parallels

play forza horizon 4 on mac with parallels

Forza Horizon 5 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 5 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.

2 Replies to “How to play Forza Horizon 5 on Mac”

  1. I cant play it with parallels because it says not supported gpu. I use a mba early 2020 i7 with 16gb of ram an rx5700xt egpu

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