Play Windows games in Parallels Desktop for Mac

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If you're a gamer who owns an M-Series Mac, you might be hesitant to play games on your computer due to compatibility concerns. However, we're here to tell you that Parallels Desktop is a good tool for gaming on Windows due to the built-in Windows 11 emulator and enhanced performance capabilities of M-Series Mac computers to enjoy a seamless gaming experience. Definitely, not all games can run smoothly: in some cases, game developers may not support the Arm platform at all, which can impact your ability to play games. Learn more in KB 128796.

For Intel Mac users, almost all games run smoothly on Parallels Desktop. However, some games might not run or have some issues since Parallels Desktop supports only Direct X versions up to DirectX11 and OpenGL versions up to OpenGL4.1.

But don't let these limitations discourage you from gaming on your Mac. With Parallels Desktop, you can enjoy a wide range of games on your computer without having to worry about compatibility issues. So why not give it a try and start gaming today. We advise you to check this link for getting more details about gaming experience in Windows Arm shared by other customers.

The games that are confirmed to be running in Parallels Desktop:

Performance Disclaimer

To ensure that your Windows 11 virtual machine shows the best performance, please follow the steps below to tune Windows 11 for the best performance:

  1. Shutdown Windows virtual machine (Actions > Shut down).
  2. Open the virtual machine's configuration > General > click the Change... button > select Games only profile > OK.

Note: this profile changes macOS and Windows sharing settings. If you want to enable Shared Applications and Shared Profile, open the configuration of the virtual machine again > Options tab > update Sharing and Applications settings respectively.

For Mac computers with Intel processors

Most DirectX 11 games are hardware stressful applications. Thus, their performance is directly related to Mac hardware (GPU, CPU, and hard disk).

To check what Processor and Graphics your Mac is equipped with, go to  > About This Mac > More info... > System Report... > Graphics/Displays.

It is recommended that your Mac has a dedicated PCIe graphics adapter:

Note: Alternatively, you can use an external graphics processor with Mac. Learn more...

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