How to play Subnautica: Below Zero on Mac

Note: There is a Mac version of Subnautica: Below Zero, that runs perfectly on OS X 10.11 El Capitan and later versions of MacOS. If you own the license for Windows or want to play older versions of Subnautica not supported by Mac follow the instructions below.

Subnautica: Below Zero is an open-world survival videogame developed and published by Unknown Worlds Entertainment. The game continues the story of the original Subnautica that was released in 2018. Now, a group of scientists is out to explore the uncharted planet, full of curious, but dangerous species swimming inside of the seas. Their goal is important and menacing – to find the clues about the research group that vanished without a trace. The game offers a first-person perspective that helps players get deeper interaction with the alien beings dwelling under the land. To survive in these severe circumstances, players have to search for resources, craft tools, build under and on-land bases as well as complete challenging tasks to outlast the danger. All of this experience is available to try on Windows, macOS, Nintendo, Playstation, and Xbox series. In our guide, we would like to show you the ways to improve your gaming experience despite your software or hardware preferences. For example, some older versions of Mac may be unable to provide the best capacity to play through this graphical masterpiece. If you are the one willing to change it, follow the instructions below.

System Requirements

Minimal Recommended
Windows 7 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i3 / AMD Ryzen 3 2.6Ghz+ Processor: Intel Core i5 / AMD Ryzen 5 @ 3Ghz +
RAM: 8 GB RAM: 8 GB
Video card: Intel HD 530 or better Video card: Nvidia 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon 570, 4GB VRAM
DirectX: from 11 version DirectX: from 11 version
Disc space: 15 GB Disc space: 15 GB

Play Subnautica: Below Zero on Mac with Parallels

play Subnautica: Below Zero on mac with parallels

Subnautica: Below Zero requires lots of PC resources, but you can play the game if you have a powerful Mac computer (iMac, iMac Pro, or Mac Pro), and 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 Subnautica: Below Zero game on Mac.

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Play Subnautica: Below Zero on Mac with Vortex.gg or Nvidia Geforce Now

Update: Nvidia Geforce Now supports Subnautica: Below Zero to the date and you can play it on Mac on high settings right now! Register and explore cloud gaming now!

If you have an old Mac or it cannot satisfy Subnautica: Below Zero 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. Nvidia Geforce Now has Subnautica: Below Zero in their game catalog, which gives you an opportunity to play this excellent game on Mac or even Android!

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Play Subnautica: Below Zero on Mac with BootCamp

This method is simple but time-consuming. If your Mac meets all the system requirements above, this is probably the best way to play Subnautica: Below Zero 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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