Elden Ring is only available for Windows, PlayStation and Xbox Consoles but here we show how to play Elden Ring on a Mac including MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini.
Elden Ring is a recently released fantasy action RPG by FromSoftware released by Bandai Namco Entertainment and is heavily inspired by Dark Souls.
The game was made in collaboration with writer George R. R. Martin whose novels Game of Thrones were based on.
Can You Play Elden Ring on a Mac?
There is no version of Elden Ring for Mac and you can only play it by installing Windows on a Mac and then downloading either the Windows versions of Elden Ring or playing it in the Windows version of the Steam gaming platform.
This is because Elden Ring uses the Vanguard anti-cheat software which only works in Boot Camp.
Vanguard is a kernel level anti-cheat system which also causes problems for Windows users sometimes and virtual environments cannot support it at all.
Elden Ring relies on Direct X 12 too which does work in virtual environments like Parallels but Vanguard does not.
Can You Play Elden Ring on M1 & M2 Macs?
Boot Camp only works with Intel Macs so you can only install Elden Ring on an Intel Mac.
You can’t play Elden Ring on any M1 Mac because Boot Camp does not work with the new Apple Silicon M1 or M2 Macs including the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips or the latest Mac Studio with M1 Ultra chip.
The only way to install Windows games on M1 & M2 Macs is to use a virtual environment such as Parallels but since Elden Ring’s Vanguard anti-cheat protection won’t work in virtual environments, it won’t allow you to play Elden Ring on an M1 or M2 MacBook, Mac Mini or Mac Studio.
Can You Play Elden Ring on a Mac in GeForce Now?
GeForce Now For Mac is NVIDIA’s cloud gaming platform but unfortunately, Elden Ring is not available on it so you can’t play Elden Ring on a Mac using GeForce Now.
Can You Play Elden Ring on a Mac Google Stadia?
Elden Ring is not available in Google Stadia so you can’t play Elden Ring on a Mac using Google Stadia.
Can You Play Elden Ring on a Mac in Boosteroid?
Boosteroid is a small Cloud gaming service based in Romania which works on all platforms including Mac.
At the moment, Elden Ring is not officially available on Boosteroid and even if it is released on the service, the performance will not be good because Boosteroid has a limited number of servers.
This means you’ll experience a lot of lag and frame drops even on a fast connection.
Even if Elden Ring is officially released on Boosteroid, it’s also possible that the game could be removed from the platform at any time so our advice is it’s much better to install Elden Ring on your Mac using Boot Camp than use Boosteroid.
How To Play Elden Ring On Mac
The only way to play Elden Ring on a Mac is to install Windows for free on a Mac using Boot Camp.
Boot Camp is a free utility in macOS that allows you to partition your Mac hard drive and run Windows on it.
It allows you to boot your Mac in either macOS or Windows at any one time.
It’s definitely worth Bootcamping your Mac if you’re a gamer because it will allow you to play Windows games that aren’t available for Mac.
Boot Camp is perfectly safe to install on your Mac as it is provided free in macOS by Apple to allow you to install other operating systems such as Windows.
This is because Microsoft only require you to purchase a Windows activation key if you want to customize the look of Windows.
If you don’t, you can use Windows 10 and Windows 11 for free for as long as you want.
We recommend using Windows 10 to play Elden Ring though as the game has not been optimized for Windows 11 and won’t run as well on it.
What Do I Need To Play Elden Ring on a Mac?
To install Windows on your Mac and play Elden Ring, you’ll need to have at least one of the following machines:
- MacBook 2015 or later
- MacBook Air/Pro 2012 or later
- Mac mini 2012 or later
- iMac 2012 or later
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro 2013 or later
If you’ve got one of these Macs, you can install Windows for free an a Mac using Boot Camp.
Once you’ve done this, simply go to the Elden Ring website to download and play the game just as if you were installing it on a Windows PC.
Alternatively, you can also download and play Elden Ring on a Mac using the Windows version of Steam.
Whichever method you use to download Elden Ring on your Mac, we recommend installing Windows 10 rather than Windows 11 to play Elden Ring as there are some occasional glitches playing Elden Ring on Windows 11.
Windows 10 also works on a wider range of Macs than Windows 11 including older Macs.
Once you’ve installed Elden Ring on your Mac, you may need to change some of the game settings such as the frame rate if you experience lag.
You should be able to play Elden Ring on a Mac with around 50 frames per second with all presets set to high and 2K resolution.
However, if you experience glitches, try changing the resolution to 1080p with all presets on a medium setting to get a higher frame rate.