Play Windows games in Parallels Desktop for Mac

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Overview

With Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac and later you can play Windows games that require DirectX 11. If you upgrade to Parallels Desktop 15 from earlier versions, DirectX 11 will become available automatically in Windows after installing new Parallels Tools.

Play many favorite games including:

Requirements

System requirements for DirectX 11:

Tune Windows for Best Performance

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

  1. Shutdown Windows virtual machine
  2. Open virtual machine's configuration > click "Change..." button > select "Games only" profile > click OK.

Note: This profile changes macOS and Windows sharing settings. If you want to enable Shared Applications and Shared Profile, visit Options tab > "Sharing" and "Applications" settings respectively.

Performance Disclaimer

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

Note: macOS 10.15 Catalina is recommended for the best graphics performance (due to improved Apple Metal performance). 

To check what Processor and Graphics your Mac equipped with, go to  > About This Mac > 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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