Many people turn to the MacBook as their video game computer. After all, the sleek design and intuitive technology make it a great choice for a variety of needs – but is it the best gaming platform? Well, the truth is that MacBooks are actually not that good for gaming, and here’s why.
Lack of Variety
While the MacOS may offer some games, it’s lacking in comparison to the thousands available on other platforms like PC or Xbox. This means that whatever game you’re looking for is likely not on Mac OS, limiting your options substantially.
The graphics cards in MacBooks are not as powerful as those found in dedicated gaming PCs or consoles. Poor GPUs may make it much harder to experience realistic visuals and smooth gameplay on a MacBook than with more powerful equipment.
Higher Price Tag
A new MacBook can cost over $2,000 while a gaming laptop may be around half that price tag or even less. That’s a big price difference when it comes to enjoying your favorite games without breaking the bank.
If you want to upgrade your MacBook to make it better for gaming, you’ll need to buy an external graphics card which isn’t easy nor cheap to install or maintain – something PC gamers don’t have t worry about nearly as much as Mac users do.
Limited Memory & Storage Space
Most modern games require at least 8GB of RAM and 500GB SSD hard drives – both specs which most MacBooks don’t come with out-of-the-box (or ever). Having limited memory and storage space will cause serious problems if you wish to play any titles that require more RAM or storage than what your laptop offers, making them impractical for some people who want access to larger games without having to upgrade their hardware every few years.
Poor Battery Life
To run any kind of graphically intensive game on a laptop requires lots of power. This intense power requirement will drain your battery quickly, meaning you won’t be able to enjoy extended sessions away from an outlet without worrying about running out of juice mid-gameplay; something console owners don’t have to think twice about unless they’re playing portables like the Nintendo Switch or PlayStation Vita.
Lower Frame Rates
Because laptops often lack the resources necessary for high graphical fidelity settings (i.e., higher resolution textures), frame rates tend to suffer on laptops compared to desktop computers due to system performance bottlenecks caused by inadequate cooling solutions.
These solutions cause processors and other components inside laptops to overheat quickly when under heavy load, thus resulting in lower FPS during intense action sequences in most newer games released today.
No Crossplay Support
Most popular online multiplayer games require users from different platforms (i.e., PC and Xbox) to be able to join in together – something impossible if both players own different systems such as one playing on PC while another plays on MacOS since Apple doesn’t currently support cross-platform play between its products.
Poor Responsiveness & Accuracy
Notebook keyboards and touchpads are not always known for their accuracy when used with certain types of games, such as first-person shooters, since they often have poor feedback mechanisms if you look at standard desktop keyboards and mice. Not to mention instances of the mousepad on MacBook not working, which is another obstacle to enjoying video games. These allow players greater maneuverability and precision when trying complex maneuvers in demanding scenarios, making them ill-suited for competitive gaming environments where every millisecond counts.
Unreliable Drivers & Software Updates
While Apple does release software updates periodically, these updates often fall short considering what driver updates are released by companies like AMD and NVIDIA. These known brands create dedicated GPU chipsets specifically designed with gamers in mind, offering better performance optimizations tailored to specific game titles compared to generic driver updates created by Apple whenever they feel so inclined.
Poor Audio Quality
Many laptops, including MacBooks, often suffer from poor audio quality due primarily to either low-quality onboard soundcards/speakers or because of space constraints inside their cases. The constraints are forcing manufacturers to replace physical analog outputs like 3.5mm headphone ports with digital ones such as USB Type C connections, reducing the potential sound output devices owners could potentially use to enhance their experience while playing.
Even though most laptop manufacturers go above and beyond to ensure adequate cooling solutions exist within their machines, there is no denying the fact that heat still builds up inside notebooks faster than desktops. Heat is causing processors and GPUs to operate at less than optimal temperatures, leading to decreased performance, especially during longer periods of intensive usage.
Not all games available in the market are compatible with macOS, meaning some titles may be unavailable to install and run properly even after being downloaded due to incompatible graphics drivers or software applications installed on the machine, making finding compatible versions difficult at times.