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If you want to play FIFA 23 on a Mac but don’t know how, here we show you the best way to play FIFA on a Mac that 100% works including on Apple Silicon M1, M2 and M3 chip Macs.

For a long time, Mac users have been unable to play FIFA on a Mac as it’s only available on Windows and consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation.

Although there are many ways of playing Windows only games on a Mac, most of them don’t work for FIFA due to the fact that it requires DirectX 12 and uses anti-cheat software in order to work.

However, the good news is that thanks to Xbox Game Pass, there’s a new and easy way to play FIFA 23 on a Mac simply by using Xbox Cloud in any browser.

Xbox Game Pass works on both Intel and Apple Silicon M1, M2 and M3 Macs so it allows you to play FIFA on any Mac.

You can even connect an Xbox controller to your Mac to play FIFA 23 in macOS as we’ll show you.

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Why Hasn’t EA Released FIFA For Mac?

The last time EA released FIFA on Mac was back in 2011 when they released FIFA 12.

FIFA 13 was released the following year but since then, EA hasn’t released any newer versions for Mac and it seems they have no intention of doing so.

It may have something to do with the fact that EA simply don’t want to invest the resources into developing a version of FIFA for Mac which is comparable with the PC and console version.

Very little effort was put into FIFA 12 and FIFA 13 and they were basically poorly ported PC versions that were full of bugs, poor graphics and you couldn’t even play online or update teams.

Can You Play EA FC24 on a Mac?

EA FC24 is the follow-up to FIFA 23 but as yet, there is no way to play FC24 on a Mac yet. The name change is due to EA deciding not to renew its licensing agreement with FIFA.

This may change once the game has been out a while though and Microsoft decide to release it on Xbox Cloud.

How To Play FIFA 23 On Mac

You can play FIFA 23 on a Mac simply by using an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate account which means you can play FIFA in any browser on a Mac.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate allows Mac users to play Xbox games in any browser without the need for an Xbox.

It works on both older Intel Macs and the more recent Apple Silicon M1/M2 chip MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Studio.

Because it’s Cloud based, it also works on any version of macOS including macOS Sonoma.

Even better, it also allows you to use an Xbox controller with your Mac via Bluetooth to play games.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs $16.99 per month but you can currently get the first 14 days for just $1.

Xbox Cloud is only one of the ways to play Xbox games on a Mac but it’s by far the easiest and best solution to play games like FIFA 23.

Follow these instructions to play FIFA on a Mac in just a few minutes.

  • Sign-up for an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate account. It’s important you select the Ultimate pass because it’s the only one that gives you access to Xbox Cloud gaming.

xbox game pass pricing

  • Once you’ve logged-into your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate account, search for “FIFA”. You’ll see the option in the green button to “Play With Cloud Gaming” below.

fifa 23 on xbox cloud gaming

  • Click on the green “Play” button. You’ll then be prompted to connect an Xbox controller. You must have an Xbox controller to use Xbox Cloud – it will not work with a Mac keyboard, trackpad or mouse.

xbox cloud on mac - connect xbox controller to mac

  • To use your Xbox Controller with your Mac make sure that Bluetooth is turned on on your Mac. Then press and hold the Xbox button on your controller to turn it on and it will light-up. Press and hold the small Bluetooth pairing button on the front of the Xbox controller to activate pairing mode. When pairing mode has been activated, the Xbox button will start flashing rapidly. On your Mac, click on the Apple logo in the top left of your screen and go to System Preferences and select Bluetooth.

connect xbox controller mac

  • Select your Xbox controller from the list of Bluetooth devices that appears and click Pair.

bluetooth xbox controller mac

  • You can now use your Xbox controller to play FIFA on your Mac in Xbox Cloud. You can disconnect the Xbox controller from your Mac at any time by going back into the Bluetooth settings or turning-off Bluetooth. You can also use the Controlly app if you want to have more control over how your Xbox controller works with your Mac.
  • FIFA 23 will launch in your browser and you’ll be able to play it just as if you were playing FIFA on an Xbox.

fifa 23 on mac launching

  • The game should launch after a few seconds and you’ll then be able to use your Xbox controller to play FIFA by pressing the “A” button on your controller.


The only limitation of Xbox Cloud gaming is that Game Pass games are limited to 30 frames per second (30fps) so the graphic quality isn’t as good as playing it on PC or an Xbox but is still playable as you can see below.

fifa running on a mac

Demand for gaming via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is often very high and the service is still in Beta so you sometimes find that there’s a queue to use Microsoft’s Cloud servers or that gameplay is degraded by the demand for the game.

When we tried it however, we only had to wait a few seconds for FIFA 23 to launch and the gameplay was impressively smooth.

It does however require a lot of resources on your Mac and you may notice your Mac gets warmer with the fans whirring on Intel MacBooks although M-series Macs with Apple Silicon chips won’t even break a sweat.

Can You Play FIFA in Parallels on a Mac?

Although Parallels is one of the best ways to run Windows on a Mac, it doesn’t support FIFA 23.

One reason for this is that FIFA 23 requires DirectX 12 to run and Parallels cannot run Direct 12.

Another reason is that FIFA is protected by the EA AntiCheat (EAAC) software which does not work in Parallels either.

Can You Use GeForce Now To Play FIFA on a Mac?

You can’t play FIFA 23 in GeForce Now on a Mac as FIFA 23 is not available in GeForce Now.

You also can’t play FIFA 23 in GeForce Now by linking GeForce Now t0 the Steam store as FIFA 23 isn’t available in Steam either.

If you have any problems or issues installing FIFA on your Mac using this tutorial, or you have any questions or suggestions, let us know below.

Can You Play FIFA on a Mac Using Boot Camp?

Boot Camp is a free utility on Intel Macs that allows you to install Windows on a Mac for free.

You can play FIFA on a Mac if you install Windows on a Mac with Boot Camp.

However, Boot Camp does not work on Apple Silicon M1 and M2 Macs.

It’s also much harder to configure and setup Windows in Boot Camp to play FIFA 23 on a Mac and using Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is much easier.

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78 Responses

  1. Gerald Vidic

    I strongly suggests you to just go with a PS5/XBOX. In spite of whatever specs you have for an M1 Mac, an M1 Max won’t run the game much better than an entry level M1 because of the lack of optimisation. And I don’t think there’s any incentives for developers to change that.

  2. yousef john

    can I launch Fifa 22 on M1 max 64 GB ram with parallels?
    did anyone try this?

  3. yousef john

    I want to buy macbook Pro with M1 max and 64 GB ram but I am a Fifa player So can I run Fifa 22 with parallels ?
    did anyone try this?

  4. matan

    I have m1 chip and I did it the way you said. still won’t launch.

  5. Manav Achari

    I have the same laptop bro, did you find a solution?

  6. Alex

    I have a MacBook Pro with 2,4GHZ Quad-Core Intel Core i5 and 8GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3 RAM. Graphics is an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 1536MB. Will Fifa 21 run on it?

  7. TJC

    use bootcamp and a windows download the download takes about 20 minutes tops but just do that and have a usb in your mac and then just go into bootcamp click continue and click stop then click continue again then just upload that download then click continue and you should switch over to windows any moment and it wont glitch while on the same tab or yeah if you take this advice you will have two computers on at the same time that will like crash ur comp

  8. Lobobotmy

    I have a iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017) with 8 GB of RAM and graphics being Radeon Pro 570 4 GB with 789 GB of storage. Will fifa run on it?

  9. Gapi

    Me neither, parallels 15, demo fifa 2020 and after clicking “play game”, it do nothing… 🙁

  10. Ayaan Arora

    Hi, I don’t have a controller. So is it still possible to play on Mac?

  11. Ysrap

    Hi, thanks for the reply. I installed parallel 15 but it still won’t work… I still don’t have the possibility to chose the type of Direct X nor to cross Automatic switching …

  12. Ysrap

    Any idea ? It’s very frustrating to have bought a game and not being able to play it ..

  13. Ysrap

    Hi !
    I tried to play FIFA 19 but it does not launch.
    On the configuration window Hardware > Graphics > Advanced settings, I do not have the option of “Automatic graphic switching” !
    I have a Macbook Air 13″
    Processor 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 8 Go 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 Mo

    And Paralles has Direct X 12.

    Any idea?
    Thanks !

    • MacHow2

      Yes some people have found the gameplay in FIFA laggy in DirectX 12 compared to DirectX 11. You can try this tip to force FIFA 20 to use DirectX 11 instead:

      1. Make sure FIFA is closed down
      2. Go to the FIFA 20 folder in Windows
      3. Open fifasetup.ini
      4. Change DIRECTX_SELECT = 0 to DIRECTX_SELECT = 1
      5. Save the changes and re-launch FIFA 20

  14. Sandi

    So I have a late 2013 iMac but the memory has been upgraded to 16GB DDR3 / 3.2 GHz Core i5 (default) and the default Graphics card is – NVIDIA GeForce FT 755M – 1024 MB. Do you think if I install bootcamp with Win 10 Pro this should work with FIFA 20 since their requirements have GTX660 with 2 GB of Graphics card memory while the one that I have is 755M with only 1 GB. Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

  15. john

    Yes, I have tried “Automatic Graphics Switching” on multiple vm’s, still not working.

    I think that parallels have to release an update for this.
    FIFA 20 is not working on parallels 15

    If someone tried to launch FIFA 20 on parallels 15 sucessfully please leave a comment how.

  16. john

    I tried something that finally worked:
    FIFA 20 runs OK with boot camp, in a fresh installation of Windows 10 with minimum settings.

    So, the problem might be that when you are on a virtual machine, parallels 15 don’t install the right driver of the graphics card (Intel Iris Plus 655).

    I prefer playing with virtual machine, it’s much easier, but I cannot find how to change the “Parallels Display Adapter (WDDM)” driver to Intel drivers…

    • MacHow2

      Thanks for sharing your solution. Have you tried selecting “Automatic Graphics Switching” in the Virtual Machine Configuration Window? You’ll find this under Hardware > Graphics > Advanced Settings. This allows Parallels to switch to your discreet Intel graphics card when needed although it seems that macOS has the final say over whether it will allow Parallels to use the card. More information on how Parallels interacts with Mac graphics cards is available here.

  17. john

    Macbook Pro 13.3 in. year 2018, mojave macos
    The last model with the touch bar.
    See comment behind with all the specs

  18. John

    I am on download process of fifa 20 on origin. The game is playable (34%) but when I press play doesn’t launch and do nothing…
    The graphics card (Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655) is enough ???
    I have given to vm 9 gb ram from totally 16, 2 proccesors from totally 4 and I have 80gb free hard disk space.
    I do not use boot camp, just parallels 15 virtual machine.
    Any ideas ?

  19. John

    I have a MacBook Pro i5 (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) with 16GB ram, 512 ssd, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 1536 MB.
    Also parallels 15, with a virtual machine of windows 10.
    Can I play FIFA 20 on virtual machine ?

    • MacHow2

      Yes as long as you’ve got Parallels 15 you can play it on your Mac. Your system specs are more than enough according to EA’s recommended specs for FIFA 20:
      FIFA 20 Recommended PC Specs:

      OS: Windows 10 – 64-Bit
      CPU: AMD FX 8150, Intel i5-3550 or equivalent
      Memory: 8GB
      Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 270X, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670, or equivalent
      Hard Drive: At least 50 GB of free space
      Online Connection Requirements: Broadband connection recommended. Internet Connection required to install and play.

    • MacHow2

      It depends what kind of graphics card you have in your Mac setup but it’s doubtful it will be enough if it’s from 2010. It needs to be at least an NVIDIA GeForce card.

  20. Brandon

    i have a 2010 mac w/ 12 GB of RAM. i was going to get the fifa 19 demo, but i wanted to check with you guys before i download it.

  21. Ehsan Khan

    Do you have any link to FIFA that can run on Mac ? And which FIFA can I play? Can I play
    above than FIFA 15 ?

  22. Ehsan Khan

    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
    Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB

    this is my macbook specifications can i play fifa 16 or 17 or 18 or 19 on this ? and if i can someone has any link to that game ?

  23. Daniel Szwarc

    Followed the instructions and everything works great on iMac 27 5K!
    Thank you for this great guide.
    Just ordered a couple of controllers from amazon with Bluetooth, WiFi adapter and cable.
    Let’s see how it works

  24. Prafull

    I have Intel Iris Pro 5200 with updated drivers. So the NVIDIA drivers would not help me.
    Is there any other way that I could run FIFA18?

    • MacHow2

      You should try uninstalling the NVIDIA drivers completely first and then reinstall them, rather than just update them.

    • MacHow2

      Your system requirements are enough for FIFA 14 although we’ve never tried to install it on a Mac. You may also have problems finding a copy of FIFA 14 nowadays.

  25. raja

    os x yosemite
    version 10.10.5

    macbook air(13 inch, early 2015)
    processor- 1.6 ghz intel core i5
    memory 4 gb 1600 mhz ddr3
    graphics intel hd graphics 6000 1536 mb

    will i be able to play fifa 18?

  26. Abhishek

    Getting 0xc000007b error while running the application. What should I do?

  27. Praful


    Thanks for your reply. I tried lowering the Graphics, still the same.
    It renders the initial video perfectly where Ronaldo is fouled by an Athletico Madrid player.
    I can skip the game, select kick off – select teams and make changes to the teams.
    The moment I click play game, I get black screen.

    Windows 10 has built in directx 12. I tried to separately install directx11. Could not do that.
    Please help.

    Kind regads,

  28. Praful


    I have 15″ Macbook Pro 2016 – intel core i7 98th gen0, 16 Gb ram.
    Installed Windows 10 through bootcamp and have installed FIFA 18 though Origin.
    The game launches all well, allows met to select the teams, change players, etc.
    However, when I hit the play button, I get a black screen.
    The audio plays for a short while and the game gets stuck.

    I have directX 12. Tried reinstalling Windows and FIFA.
    Please help me to fix the issue.


    • MacHow2

      Try minimizing the game settings, resolution, frame rate etc in the FIFA options. You could also try using DirectX 11 instead of 12 to see if it helps solve it for you.

  29. David Lui

    I have a Macbook Pro 13” (Mid-2012) and I can’t seem to launch FIFA 18. I have 8GB of RAM, an i5-3210M @2.5GHz processor and my graphics card is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 (I am clueless in terms of computers and specs, but I’m assuming that my graphics card isn’t good enough). I installed Windows 10 and have DirectX 12, which also might be the problem, but again, I have no clue. Please help!

    • MacHow2

      You need to check whether the Steelseries controllers are compatible with FIFA on PC. If they are, then it won’t be a problem.

  30. CJTD

    My internet connection isn’t the best so downloading Fifa might be a problem. However, I do have a MacBook SuperDrive and could install Fifa via a PC disc. I assume this would still work with Windows on Parallel? Thanks

    • MacHow2

      Parallels can recognize external drives connected to your Mac so yes, installing FIFA on Mac via disc should work.

      • MacHow2

        How old is the Mac that you’re installing it on? If it’s an older Mac or MacBook, it may not have sufficient specs to support the system requirements of FIFA.

      • CJTD

        I have a late-2013 MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM. I think the problem is FIFA 17 has a minimum requirement of 8GB RAM, whereas FIFA 16 was 4GB. Could it be that it doesn’t work as 4GB is still required by OS X?

  31. Anis Ghanem

    the only thing i wasn’t able to change was video memory. it was set to 512 and didnt give me option of changing it to 256. otherwise everything is as instructed. but it still wont start!

  32. mark

    everything done. but when i click on launch it wont start. do nothing.
    can anyone help me please? its an 5K cto imac with 32gb ram. 3,5ghz i5, radeon m290x

  33. Lloyd

    Every time I try to launch Fifa 15, it says an unhandled error has occurred. Can you explain how to fix this?

    • MacHow2

      Have you installed FIFA on your Mac following the instructions in the tutorial? If so, make sure that .Net Framework is installed and updated on Windows. If there is any antivirus software running on your Mac or Windows – including Microsoft Security Essentials – try deactivating that too.

  34. sanyam

    Can you explain how to install fifa 16 without paying and downloading for windows (using crossover) ?

  35. muhammed kabir

    my macbook pro is (13-inch, mid 2009) version 10.10 with processor of 2ghz intel core duo & memory of 2gb ram & graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400m 256mb, can i run fifa16 on it

    • MacHow2

      It will probably struggle with just 2GB of RAM on your Mac. If you turn the graphics setting in FIFA 16 to minimum it might work. You can however upgrade the RAM in your Macbook so we’d recommend doing that and you should be fine.

    • MacHow2

      Yes – it will also work on the 2012 Macbooks as long as you install Windows on it. You may need to upgrade the RAM though to play FIFA smoothly on your Mac.

  36. daan

    Dear MacHow2,


    Can’t wait to try it!

    But I’m still a little bit sceptic…

    It looks to easy;)..

    Could you arrange some pics or YouTube movie to confirm your FIFA on Mac.

    Kind regards.

    Daan (from Holland)

    • MacHow2

      Hi Daan! It is indeed easy to play FIFA on Mac as long as you have Windows installed using the method described above.


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