Apple announced yesterday that it will host an online event on Monday, October 30th starting at 5:00 PM PT, and there are several reasons to believe that gaming on the Mac will be one of the highlights of the event.
Below, we’ve rounded up Apple’s latest gaming efforts on the Mac and other evidence for next week’s event.
Hardware BaseClunigate Retracing
Apple’s silicon chips often share architectural similarities. Like the A17 Pro chip in the iPhone 15 Pro, Apple’s upcoming M3 chip series for Mac will likely feature hardware-accelerated ray tracing to significantly improve graphics rendering over software-based ray tracing. The M3 series chipsets are also expected to be manufactured using TSMC’s 3nm process to deliver faster performance and improved power efficiency compared to the M2 series chipsets. These developments paved the way for the release of more AAA games on the Mac.
Apple hints at more AAA games for Mac
Apple recently hinted at releasing more AAA games on the Mac in an interview with a gaming publication IGN. Asked whether the new games Apple announced last month for the iPhone 15 Pro would eventually be compatible with Apple’s Mac, Apple vice president Tim Millett said: “Developers will work with us to make that happen.” These games include Resident Evil 4 Remake, Death Stranding Director’s Cut and Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
Capcom and Sony tips
Japanese game developer Capcom recently announced that Resident Evil Village will be available on iPhone 15 Pro and iPad models with the M1 chip starting October 30, the same day as Apple’s event next week.
The release date coinciding with the event is likely a coincidence, but could indicate that Apple, Capcom, and possibly other game developers will release more Mac-related gaming news. A source told us that Apple will hold its online event at the unusual time of 5:00pm PT because it falls on business hours in Japan, and claimed that the event will feature a key tie-in with a Japanese game developer, but we’ve independently verified the accuracy of this information. not done
Although the App Store reports that the Resident Evil 4 remake is scheduled for release on December 31st on Macs with the M1 chip, that date is a placeholder and it will likely be released after a delayed Apple-event. The game is already released for Windows PC, PS4/PS5 and Xbox series
macOS Sonoma includes a new game mode that temporarily prioritizes CPU and GPU performance during gaming Game Mode doubles the Bluetooth sampling rate to reduce audio latency for AirPods and input latency on popular third-party game controllers.
Game Transfer Kit
At WWDC 2023 in June, Apple revealed a new toolset that makes it easier for game developers to port Windows games to the Mac. The toolkit provides an emulation environment that allows developers to run an existing, unmodified Windows game on a Mac and quickly evaluate how well the game runs on macOS before writing code.