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On 1/11/2021 at 10:32 AM, Apparition said:

Honestly, it's not looking good at all for gaming on Macs as Elder Scrolls Online will not support new Macs and Guild Wars 2 just announced the end of all Mac support completely.

 

In addition, from what I've been hearing elsewhere, Rosetta 2 is a stopgap measure that is only expected to be supported for a couple of years. :classic_mellow:

Ever since Apple started with Metal, more and more PC game developers have been abandoning the platform. Gaming on Mac was quite good 2007-2017, but has been steadily getting worse since then. It is why I bought my first Windows machine in over a decade.

I have also been thoroughly unimpressed with a lot of their more recent hardware choices. I am typing this on a 2018 Macboook Pro 15", and the keyboard, Touch Bar and TouchID are horrible, the USB-C only/Thunderbolt3 is either annoying, or sometimes unworkable, I carry a minimum of 6 dongles around.

 

But it is good to see that people got the game running on the M1. Impressive. That gives me hope for when I need another Mac(book).

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The COX client runs amazingly well on my M1 MBP w/16gb memory. On default settings, I get framerates around 60fps continually and maybe only some dips during MSR. That's been my main driver since March. If I run two clients at the same time, I still barely drop below 58fps. I'm sure if I adjust the settings and display both clients at once that the results would be a bit more drastic. I often forget the second client is even running.

 

I snagged a copy of Parallels ARM version and it was terrible, although now I see I should try the 32bit version instead. 😄

 

Where would I install vidiotmaps on macOS? I feel like i've tried all the recommended locations and failed

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11 minutes ago, krafti said:

The COX client runs amazingly well on my M1 MBP w/16gb memory. On default settings, I get framerates around 60fps continually and maybe only some dips during MSR. That's been my main driver since March. If I run two clients at the same time, I still barely drop below 58fps. I'm sure if I adjust the settings and display both clients at once that the results would be a bit more drastic. I often forget the second client is even running.

 

I snagged a copy of Parallels ARM version and it was terrible, although now I see I should try the 32bit version instead. 😄

 

Where would I install vidiotmaps on macOS? I feel like i've tried all the recommended locations and failed

 

Am jealous of the extra RAM. :p

 

The Parallels beta is over and yes, trying to go the Windows 10 ARM route is not pretty until they sort out a lot of things, but I"m not hopeful at this point since part of the issue is licensing (they'd be releasing a whole new product).

 

See my sig for where the files will unpack to. I've not attempted using things like Mids or the ModApp on MacOS yet, but I know people have.

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Snazzy Labs has a nice and thoughtful video on the state of gaming on Apple silicon:

I can recommend watching the full video.

 

In the mean time, I've switched from my Mac Pro 2010 with GTX980, 32GB RAM, HyperX PCIe SSDs on High Sierra to

a Ryzen 5950X with 64 GB RAM, Radeon 6900XT, Thunderbolt 3, several fast Samsung 980 Pro SSDs, Blu-Ray burner/player, 10G Ethernet.

I ordered last December, although it took almost half a year for the parts to arrive.  I paid less than the base M1 Max Macbook.

I could not find a Mac with similar specs for less than almost 2x what the W10 machine costed me, and I had to pay extra to get the GPU, originally I hard ordered an RTX3080 for half the price of the 6900XT.

 

Regrettably the machines comes with Windows 10, I still prefer OSX, but I have given up on Apple's hardware choices since 2013.

But it runs CoH at 4K, 200% world and character details, with a few dips below 60 fps for MSR and Hami.

I have given up on Apple caring about games outside the iOS ecosystem.

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