How to play Valheim on Mac

Is it possible to play Valheim on Mac

Valheim is a new survival game taking place in times of Scandinavian myths and Vikings. Allowing to engage up to 10 players at the same time, Valheim offers a fascinating adventure through the large scale of the picturesque world. A vast amount of reference happening during the game will remind you of the most memorizing things you’ve heard about Vikings. A number of enemies, resources, bosses, and everything else will maintain the flow of a continuous journey full of challenging tasks. The game was developed by Iron Gate AB and published on 2 February enticing a lot of attention from the gaming community. Because Valheim embodies more casual and iconic graphics of the survival genre, the game is playable on slack PC configuration as well. With that said, Mac users have once again been left behind with no chance to play. Despite this, we know how to fix this issue and launch Valheim on macOS regardless. Scroll down below to see the steps.

System Requirements

Minimal Recommended
OS: Windows 7 or later 64-bit OS: Windows 7 or later 64-bit
Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual Core or similar Processor: i5 3GHz or better
RAM: 4 GB RAM: 8 GB
Video card: GeForce GTX 500 series or similar Video card: GeForce GTX 970 series or similar
DirectX: from 11 version DirectX: from 11 version
Disc space: 1 GB Disc space: 1 GB

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Play Valheim on Mac with Parallels

Valheim does not require lots of PC resources, and if you have a powerful enough 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 Valheim game on Mac.

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Play Valheim on Mac with Vortex.gg or Nvidia Geforce Now

Update 1: Nvidia Geforce Now supports Valheim! 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 Valheim soon! Play the advanced game on an old Windows PC, Mac and Android!

If you have an old Mac or it cannot satisfy Valheim 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 Valheim 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 Valheim on Mac with BootCamp

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