How to play Mass Effect: Legendary Edition on Mac

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is a new remastering of the three parts of Mass Effect videogames: Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 Commander. Developed, by BioWare, Mass Effect got updated textures, shaders, new models, visual effects, and much better resolution. Familiar to us characters: veteran soldier Shepard, returns in 4k ULTRA HD), familiar weapons, but with new balance, smart enemies, and squad artificial intelligence, fans will enjoy! The compilation will be available on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 (probably on PS 5). What about Mac users? At present moment it is only one way to run the game on macOS: read our article below, if you wish to know how to play Mass Effect: Legendary Edition on Mac.

System Requirements

Minimal Recommended
OS: 64-bit operating systems (Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1) OS: 64-bit operating systems (Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1)
Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 3 1300X; Intel® Core™ i5-6400 Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 3 1300X; Intel® Core™ i5-6400
RAM: 8 GB RAM: 16 GB
Video card: AMD Radeon™ R9 270X; NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 Video card: AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 56; NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660
DirectX: from 11 version DirectX: from 11 version
Disc space: 26 GB Disc space: 26 GB

Play Mass Effect: Legendary Edition on Mac with Parallels

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition game 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 Mass Effect: Legendary Edition game on Mac.

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Play Mass Effect: Legendary Edition on Mac with Vortex.gg or Nvidia Geforce Now

Update 1: Nvidia Geforce Now supports Mass Effect: Legendary Edition! Now you can enjoy the game on an old Windows PC, Mac, Nvidia Shield, even on Chromebook and Android!

Update 2: Vortex will start supporting Mass Effect: Legendary Edition soon! Play the advanced game on an old Windows PC, Mac and Android!

If you have an old Mac or it cannot satisfy Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 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. Both services may have Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 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 Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 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 Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 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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