Can you tell me if it is possible to play 3D games form VmWare or VirtualBox? I have a MAC, and sometimes i miss old windows games. (Like Unreal 1 or KingPin)

Can i expect a acceptable framerate? (I think of older games that came out around 1999 - 2003)

  • I don't know the status of wine in osx, but have you considered using wine? winehq.org
    – hiena
    Feb 21, 2011 at 13:37
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    According to this(link), Wine should be okay. You'll probably have better performances than while using virtualising software, since you won't have to share resources with simulated and non-simulated OS...
    – Lysarion
    Feb 21, 2011 at 14:47

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Yes, It's possible to make 3D games work. (I already managed to run Eve Online Tyrannis in a VmWare.)

No, you won't have an acceptable framerate, at least not enough for a game wich require reactivity (FPS, flight simulators, etc).


Both VirtualBox and VMWare support now 3D virtualization.

Regarding VirtualBox there is a dedicated thread on the official forums where users post their test results on different games. If your game are not in the list, you can only try by yourself.


Late 2009 I ran CS-Source and Half-life 2 in my Parallels box, almost perfectly. I suspect games before that should run fine too.

You may wish to consider bootcamp, though. I was playing MW2 on bootcamp with 2.2ghz core 2 processor and 2 gb ram (low end late 2009 macbook pro model)

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