MacBooks may not be the most optimal option for video game enthusiasts, but it does not mean that you cannot enjoy video games on them. 

If anything, Apple engineers have been working quite hard recently to make sure that the hardware and the operating system can accommodate gamers’ needs more than ever.

Besides, even if Macs have lackluster hardware compared to consoles and personal computers, there are still plenty of great low-spec games that do not require too many resources.

Take indie games, for example. Some of the most recent examples include Hades, Hollow Knight, and Stardew Valley. These video games should run on a MacBook with next to no problems.

Now, when it comes to AAA titles, the situation is a bit different. As a Mac owner, you may find that running high-end video games is not enjoyable because the MacBook drops frames, crashes, or even freezes. In some instances, macbook won’t shut down when you try to restart it and improve the performance.

There are multiple causes behind these problems. And if you have been encountering them quite often, do not expect that these issues will solve themselves. No, you need to take some action. And the tips in this article will tell you what steps you need to take to boost the laptop’s performance and enjoy gaming on it more.

Clean Dust

Since video games are resource-heavy, they put a toll on the system and make the hardware overheat. Sometimes, the internal MacBook fans cannot keep up with the video game demands and fail to cool the internal hardware. 

If you hear loud noises and notice that the laptop is overheating, try cleaning the dust inside to relieve some of the pressure from the internal fans. You may be surprised by how much of a difference a thorough dust cleaning makes.

Upgrade Hardware

How to Boost Gaming Experience on a MacBook

Hardware upgrades are a bit tricky when it comes to MacBooks. However, there are still a few available options. For one, it is popular replacing hard drives with solid-state drives in older MacBooks. Additional RAM could come in quite handy as well. Lastly, you could also get an external graphics processing unit that would be a significant upgrade to the integrated MacBook GPU.

MacBook accessories are also worth a shout. A cooling pad, a new keyboard, and a mouse, and even a pair of headphones will help you enjoy gaming more.

Limit Background Processes

Quitting redundant background applications is one of the best ways to free up the computer’s resources. Like already mentioned, video games require a lot of resources to run smoothly. If the macOS has to dedicate memory and CPU to background apps, video games will not have enough resources.

Check the Activity Monitor to find out which background applications are consuming the most memory, CPU, and energy. Do not hesitate and quit applications you do not need while playing video games.

In addition to quitting redundant background apps, you can also free up system resources by disabling visual effects. If you are aiming to create an optimally performing Mac, there is no need to have gimmicks like a backlit keyboard, right?

Declutter Desktop

A cluttered desktop is another source of misfortune for MacBook owners who want to enjoy playing video games. It may be convenient to keep app shortcuts and various documents on a computer’s desktop, but this habit is not good for the overall Mac performance.

The system has to process desktop icons whenever you switch tabs. And the more desktop shortcuts there are, the more of a strain they put on the MacBook. 

Aim to have a clutter-free desktop. You may need some time to readjust not having shortcuts on the MacBook’s desktop, but it is a necessary step to take if you want to boost the computer’s overall performance and have a better gaming experience on it.

Scan for Potential Viruses

How to Boost Gaming Experience on a MacBook

While Macs are quite secure, you should still keep tabs on potential malware attacks. Make sure to install reliable antivirus software and leave it running in the background. Whenever a potential virus or malware threatens the computer, the antivirus should react and delete it.

Remember that minor cybersecurity threats can cause significant issues for the computer. And the more time these threats have to thrive on your MacBook, the more damage they will do.

Tinker With Game Settings

The last piece of advice in this article is to tinker with in-game settings. After you launch a game, go to the settings tab and see what can be changed. 

Be it the resolution, texture quality, visual effects, or FPS lock, each setting affects the overall game performance and should make a difference after you lower or disable individual game settings. 


Ruby has been a writer and author for a while, and her content appears all across the tech world, from within ReadWrite, BusinessMagazine, ThriveGlobal, etc.

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