Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 13:17 Hardware

Feral: How Apple Silicon Opens Up Entirely New Possibilities – Even For Mac Gaming

Apple has almost switched its entire product line to its in-house Apple Silicon processors. Since March, the first top-performance Apple Silicon device has been available in the form of the Mac Studio. The last series waiting to undergo the transition from Intel to in-house processor is the Mac Pro, the absolute top performance machine in Apple's lineup. According to current reports, the device could see a release by the en of 2022 or in the spring of 2023. Allegedly, it'll possess 2 combined M1 or M2 Ultra chips, offering the highest CPU performance on the market and pitting the device as a considerable candidate against some of the top options in the graphics arena. Video game publisher Feral recently expressed its thoughts concerning the matter and the implication of Apple's new M-chips for the gaming sector.

One Of Many Transitions
Almost anyone who has played a video game on a Mac should be familiar with Feral. Since the 90s, the company has ported Windows games to the Mac. Accordingly, the new switch from Intel to ARM chips represents only one of a number of great projects undertaken by the games publisher: In the past, the company has handled porting from Windows to PowerPC, then to Intel, as well as 32bit to 64bit, and finally OpenGL to Metal. Thus far, the company has been able to create better games for the Mac with each transition. Although the platform isn't necessarily known for its gaming audience, there was once and still is a rather large and active Mac gaming community desiring high-quality ports of Windows games.



Poor Graphical Performance Has Always Held The Mac Back
Many avid Mac fans who also happen to be gamers have traditionally been rather unhappy with Apple's lack of interest in the sector. With a history of rather weak dedicated graphics cards or chip graphics, gaming on the Mac has only been feasible under the most expensive hardware configurations. Those porting AAA gaming titles to the Mac always had to account for the Macs poor graphics performance in comparison to the machines for which the games were initially designed. The situation only worsened when the company switched to Intel and began relying almost solely on the graphics unit built into the Intel chips.

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An Abrupt About Face For All Macs
The situation has essentially changed quite significantly with the new M1 Macs. Even the weakest model in the lineup, the MacBook Air, comes with 7 GPU cores capable of outperforming the performance of chipset graphics by leagues – and even holding its own against other mid-tier graphics cards. For a comparatively rather low price, one gets a Mac capable of playing games which would have only been possible with a much more expensive configuration in the past.

Feral Foresees A Great Future
Feral is exceptionally optimistic concerning the future of gaming on the Mac platform. The Mac could now finally become a serious gaming platform. Long gone are the days of failed ports due to problems stemming from trying to run current titles powered by only Intel's meager chipset graphics. Although Feral will still attempt to support some older hardware, the company's focus has clearly shifted to what's possible with Apple Silicon that was previously deemed impossible on the Mac – with significantly lower hardware investments.

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