Although Capcom has just announced that Resident Evil 4 will be released for Apple devices soon including Macs, here we show you the only ways to play Resident Evil 4 on a Mac that definitely work.
Although there has been no official press release by Capcom about it, the company revealed to attendees at the recent Apple Wonderlust event that the 2023 remake of Resident Evil 4 will be released on a Mac.
According to one insider at the event:
Capcom confirms that Resident Evil 4 (2023) and Resident Evil Village are coming to “iPhone 15 Pro, iPad and Mac.” For RE:4, Universal purchase is supported, so one purchase works across devices on the same Apple account. Universal purchase is not supported on Village.
However, no release date for Resident Evil 4 on Mac has been announced and so in the meantime you have to use a workaround to play it on a Mac.
How To Play Resident Evil 4 on Mac
Until the official Mac release of Resident Evil 4, the easiest way to play it on a Mac is to use Crossover.
Crossover allows Mac users to run Windows only applications and games without installing a full version of Windows and the latest version of Crossover 23 supports DirectX 12 to play Resident Evil 4 on a Mac.
Crossover works on both Intel and Apple Silicon M1/M2 Macs meaning it’s by far the best and easiest way to play Resident Evil 4 on any type of Mac.
Crossover uses a modified version of Wine which is an open-source compatibility layer that allows programs designed for Windows to run on other operating systems.
While Wine is tricky to setup and use, Crossover wraps it up in a user-friendly interface that makes it easy for Mac users to install and use Windows programs.
One of the advantages of Crossover compared to other methods of running windows on a Mac such as virtual machines is that it doesn’t require a copy of Windows to be installed on the Mac.
This means that Crossover requires less disk space and avoids the hassle of dual-booting a Mac with two operating systems.
You can download a free trial of Crossover but a full license costs $64 per year with discounts available if you use the code LEVELUP23 on purchase.
You can also try Crossover for free too.
Other Ways To Play Resident Evil 4 on a Mac
Until the official release, there are very few other ways to play RE4 on a Mac due to the requirement for DirectX 12.
Intel Mac users can install Windows on a Mac using Boot Camp and then play the Windows version of RE4 but this doesn’t work on Apple Silicon M1/M2 Macs.
You could also install Resident Evil 4 on a Cloud Gaming server like airGPU but this works out very expensive due to server rental costs.
Finally, there’s also the Apple Game Porting Kit released with macOS Sonoma but this is very technical and only developers currently have access to it.
Ways of Playing Resident Evil 4 on Mac That Do Not Work
There are various ways to play Windows only games on a Mac but it’s important to be aware that most of them do not work for Resident Evil due to their lack of support for DirectX 12.
Resident Evil 4 requires DirectX 12 in order to to work which rules out using virtual machines such as Parallels.
You also can’t use GeForce Now for Mac to link to Steam and play the Windows version of RE4 as Capcom doesn’t allow linking of it’s games in Steam to GeForce Now.
Although you can play Xbox games on a Mac, you also can’t play the Xbox version of Resident Evil 4 because it’s not available on Xbox Cloud even if you have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.