Is it possible to play PUBG on Mac?
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (a.k.a. PUBG) is a 4-year old project that has evolved into an iconic battle royal multiplayer videogame. It assembles a pile of players gathered together from all parts of the world to survive through the challenge of 100 people storming against each other on a common field. As a half-naked soldier, you are out to parachute straight down to the battleground of furious players. Get ready to scavenge through buildings for better equipment and weapons that will guide you to the podium of eventual winners. PUBG has also been rapidly growing into a cybersport discipline, enticing players to crank up their professional skills. Do not miss out and play it on Mac as well regardless of well-known incompatibility. We have a guide dedicated to that down below.
|OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
|OS: Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
|Processor: Intel i5-4430 / AMD FX-6300.
|Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
|RAM: 8 GB
|RAM: 16 GB
|Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB
|Video card: DirectX 11.0 Compatible video card (AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB / nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB)
|DirectX: from 10 version
|DirectX: from 10 version
|Disc space: 33 GB
|Disc space: 33 GB SSD
Play PUBG on Mac with Parallels
PUBG does not require lots of PC resources, and you can play the game on any Mac computer (iMac, iMac Pro, or Mac Pro), where 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 PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS game on Mac.
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 PUBG on Mac with cloud gaming services
If you have an old Mac, or it cannot satisfy PUBG 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 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. All these services already have PUBG in their game catalog soon, and you can play on any Mac computer (starting from MacOS 10.10) and even Android!
Play PUBG 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 PUBG on Mac
This method is simple but time-consuming. If your Mac meets all the system requirements above, this is probably the best way to play PUBG 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.
- Download Windows ISO file
- Open Boot Camp Assistant (Go to Applications > Utilities)
- Define the Windows partition size, choose downloaded Windows ISO file
- Format Windows partition and go through all Windows installation steps
- When Windows boots for the first time, follow on-screen instructions to install Boot Camp and Windows support software (drivers)