How to play NBA 2k23 on Mac

Is it possible to play NBA 2k23 on Mac?

NBA 2k23 is another fresh edition of the basketball simulator NBA 2K series, developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K. The game yet again opens a world of possibilities to live in the skin of a real start-studded basketball player. Embark yourself and your team onto a gigantic cruise liner with lots of pristine playgrounds and fascinating views surrounding them. Access a number of shops with world-famous brands to define your style and showcase yourself to the world. Build your team from newcomers and legends of the NBA to path your way to the top of the league in different gaming regimes – whichever will meet your taste. Hit the basket with a new arsenal of skill-based offensive moves, while unleashing your potential as a defender with new 1-on-1 confrontation mechanics and breaking down opponents’ plans at every turn. NBA 2k23 was out recently on September 9 and acquired support for 7 platforms immediately (Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Microsoft Windows). Mac users have once again been left behind, which is why we are here to fix and let you play this new and fascinating edition of NBA 2K series on macOS too! Discover all the details in our tutorial below.

System Requirements

Minimal Recommended
OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-2100 @ 3.10 GHz/ AMD FX-4100 @ 3.60 GHz or better Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4430 @ 3 GHz/ AMD FX-8370 @ 3.4 GHz or better
Video card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 450 1GB/ ATI® Radeon™ HD 7770 1 GB or better Video card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770 2GB/ ATI® Radeon™ R9 270 2GB or better
DirectX: from 11 version DirectX: from 11 version
Disc space: 110 GB Disc space: 110 GB

Play NBA 2k23 on Mac with Parallels

play nba2k23 on mac with parallels

NBA 2k23 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 an application that allows for Windows virtualization on Mac with the full support of DirectX and GPUs. In simpler terms, what this means is that it allows you to install Windows 10 on Mac with just a couple of clicks and switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. So you will be able to run Windows, install Steam, and enjoy the NBA 2k23 game on Mac just like on a regular PC.

Download Parallels Desktop

Note: Recommended devices to run resource-demanding games: MacBook Pro (models with an 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 models are suitable), Mac Pro (all models 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 are currently not supported by Parallels. AppsOnMac recommends using Parallels’ free trial feature to determine whether you can run the game or not if you’re uncertain.

Play NBA 2k23 on Mac with Boosteroid

If you have an old Mac or it cannot satisfy the NBA 2k23 game system requirements, there is an easy solution. Cloud gaming services will be happy to provide you with sufficient computing power – though not for free, of course. All you need is a browser or a small client program and a good internet connection starting from 15 MBit/s. There are several great platforms that provide these services, among the best are Boosteroid, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Google Stadia, and Nvidia GeForce Now. Boosteroid has NBA 2k23 in its game library, as the image above illustrates. For this reason, it is an obvious choice if you’re interested in playing this game specifically.

Try Boosteroid

Play NBA 2k23 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 NBA 2k23 on Mac

This method is simple but time-consuming. If your Mac meets all the system requirements above, you can play NBA 2k23 on Mac by installing Windows. You need to set up a dual boot of Windows and Mac via BootCamp. This is an application that 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 want to switch from Mac to Windows and vice versa. Remember that Mac is just a computer, in the end. And while newer Macs have their own special Apple Silicon chips that cannot run Windows, older Macs are very much similar to computers that run Windows, they have Intel processors, compatible RAM, disks, and other components. So you can install Windows on an older Mac by allocating no less than 64 GB of disk space (to be able to run Windows and a couple of games) and following these steps:

For OS X El Capitan 10.11 and older

For MacOS versions prior to OS X El Capitan 10.11 you will need to create a bootable Windows USB.

  1. Download this Windows ISO file.
  2. Open Boot Camp Assistant (Go to Applications > Utilities).
  3. Define the Windows partition size and choose the Windows ISO file you’ve downloaded.
  4. Format the 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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