Can you play Overwatch on a Mac?

Macs have always seen issues when it came to game availability. Most game developers are accustomed to developing for Windows DirectX and Macs have nothing of the sort. This is why the games on Macs are limited and most online games like Call of Duty and Battlefield and of course Overwatch, where Ping is an essential thing.

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Overwatch has been released on the PlayStation, Xbox, Windows, and recently Nintendo as well. It hasn’t been released on the Mac however and since we’ve come so far down its game cycle, it looks improbable for it to be released now, especially with the announcement of Overwatch 2.

is there anything we can do?

Yes, there are ways to play Overwatch on the Mac. We are aware of Mac’s tendencies to not cope with games like Overwatch but there are different workarounds to it. There isn’t a method currently to directly use the MacOS itself to run Overwatch, so an emulator is needed to run Overwatch on Macs. Now the most popular emulators are Bootcamp, Parallels, Wine, and NVIDIA GeForce Now, and with one of these, you can potentially run Overwatch. 

Requirements for Overwatch

Before we go any further, we need to check up on our Mac and if it is capable of running the game. The minimum requirements for Overwatch are as follows:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, Intel HD Graphics 4400 or better
  • 30 GB free storage space
  • 1024×768 minimum display resolution
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Intel Core i3 or greater

But these being minimum requirements, we wouldn’t really recommend going off on the basis of these. If you want to game however to a satisfactory extent then you will need to surpass the recommended specifications which are as follows:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, AMD Radeon HD 7950 or better
  • 30 GB free storage space 
  • 1024×768 minimum display resolution
  • 6 GB RAM
  • Intel Core i5 or greater

If your Mac fulfills these requirements then you are set to get Overwatch and also run it smoothly.

Now that you know your computer is capable of running the game, purchasing the game is next. The standard version of Overwatch is $20 and the Legendary edition is $40. The benefit of legendary means you get more skins and in-game items.

Which Emulators should I use?

There are four main emulators as we mentioned earlier, being Bootcamp, Wine, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, and Parallels. Each of them has its benefits and disadvantages. Bootcamp is free but requires a Windows License ($20 for an activation key) and it requires constant rebooting. Parallels are $80 and it requires a Windows License and it’s easy to use. One of the more high-end emulators is the NVIDIA GeForce Now and it works really well but it’s incredibly expensive and requires $25 for every 20 hours. Wine is the completely free option but it’s incredibly tedious to set up.

Out of the four, the most used emulator is Bootcamp and that is the one we recommend as it is the most cost-efficient, and high-performance emulator out of the four.

What is Bootcamp?

Bootcamp is software that gives Mac users the ability to use Windows and MacOS however they want. It is a gaming emulator so it acts exactly like a Windows system and has all its capabilities. This means that MacOS users will also be able to play the games available on Windows such as Overwatch. All the other emulators have similar functionality but Boot Camp is the most preferred technology.

But even Boot Camp has its own requirements to run it on a Mac system.

The Mac needs to have an Intel processor and additionally needs to be an updated version of a Mac, such as the ones mentioned below:

  • MacBooks introduced after 2015
  • MacBook Airs introduced after 2012
  • MacBook Pro introduced after 2012
  • Mac mini introduced after 2012
  • iMac introduced after 2012
  • All iMac Pros
  • Mac Pro introduced after 2013

As mentioned earlier, however, Boot Camp requires you to have a Windows License Key to function, so keep aside 20 dollars for that.

How to set up Boot Camp?

  • First You will need to format a USB into an MS-DOS
    • This USB flash drive will be used as our means to install Windows, so keep this USB empty as it requires at least 8 GB.
  • Secondly, you will need to download the Windows 10 ISO and pick whichever one you’d like but be sure to download it from a verified source
  • Thirdly, set up Boot Camp Assistant on your Mac and use it to place the Windows 10 ISO onto the USB flash drive we used in step one. You WILL need space for this download and a good amount of space so be wary of that.
  • Lastly, a page with Windows will appear after disk partitioning. This is the Windows Installation page, so fill out the necessary details, put in the Activation Key, follow the steps, and then a pop-up will appear that will require you to accept the terms and conditions and commence your installation.
  • Now that you have Windows, you have everything you need at your disposal, for Overwatch, head on to the Blizzard page and download Overwatch. It’s as simple as that.

Time for the Verdict

Well to answer the question of whether you can play Overwatch on a Mac, the answer would be yes. You can not use the MacOS in itself to run Overwatch but through an emulator such as Bootcamp, you can easily download and play Overwatch along with many other Windows exclusive games. We would recommend using Boot Camp over every other emulator as it is a great combination of performance and value and its not too complicated to set up. We hope this helped you get the game everyone was going crazy about and also helps you get other games unavailable on Mac in the future.