Is it possible to play SnowRunner on Mac?
SnowRunner is an off-road driving simulator developed by Saber Interactive. The game features several large maps to explore and a rather accurate terrain simulator. It is capable of replicating the experience of driving through mud, snow, water (including running water), and ice. But driving around is not all you can do. SnowRunner features three types of missions that you can complete. Contracts require you to deliver cargo to a certain destination. Most Tasks ask you to tow a stranded vehicle, though some of them have other requirements. Completing Contests involves driving to a given point while on a time limit and, possibly, under other restrictions. Collecting trucks is another thing the player can engage in. Although the game features 40 different trucks, only one is available from the beginning. The rest have to be unlocked. Most can simply be bought with in-game currency, but some can be unlocked through exploration, or by completing specific missions. Each truck in the game has certain stats, which can result in radically different driving experience. SnowRunner can be played on PS4 & 5, Xbox One & Series X/S, Switch, and Windows. But you can play SnowRunner on Mac as well even though it is not an officially supported platform. Read the guide below to learn more.
|OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit)
|OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit)
|Processor: Intel i3-4130 3.4 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 2200U 3.4 GHz
|Processor: Intel i7-8700 3.2 GHz / AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz
|RAM: 8 GB
|RAM: 16 GB
|Video card: 2 GB, GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon R9 270
|Video card: 4 GB, GeForce GTX 970 / Radeon RX 580
|Storage: 20 GB
|Storage: 20 GB
Play SnowRunner on Mac with Parallels
SnowRunner 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 SnowRunner game on Mac just like on a regular PC.
Please note that not all games are supported by Parallels. Several conditions must be met for the game to be playable. Your Mac must exceed minimum system requirements for the game; meeting them is not enough. Generally speaking, you will need an iMac Pro or a Mac Pro to run demanding games. Some MacBook Pro and iMac models are also suitable; they must have an Intel processor, a discrete graphics card and at least 16 GB of RAM. If your Mac has an Apple Silicon chip (such as M1, M2, M3), you may experience issues playing modern games. Games that require DirectX 12 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 SnowRunner on Mac with cloud gaming services
If you have an old Mac or it cannot satisfy the SnowRunner 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, and Nvidia GeForce Now. As Boosteroid has SnowRunner in its game library, it is an excellent choice for those seeking to try the game out.
Play SnowRunner 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 SnowRunner on Mac
This method is simple but time-consuming. If your Mac meets all the system requirements above, you can play SnowRunner 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.
- Download this Windows ISO file.
- Open Boot Camp Assistant (Go to Applications > Utilities).
- Define the Windows partition size and choose the Windows ISO file you’ve downloaded.
- Format the 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)