A MacBook Pro with M1 chip is capable of hitting 14 FPS in Cyberpunk 2077, according to a video that has been shared online that shows CD PROJEKT RED’s game running on Apple hardware at Ultra settings. The video follows Apple’s announcement of a new Game Porting Toolkit during this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event that appears to make it very simple for developers to port Windows games to macOS. Apple’s M1 chip features an eight- or seven-core integrated GPU, although it’s been surpassed by more powerful options that include the newly announced M2 Ultra.
“The new Game Porting Toolkit provides an emulation environment to run your existing unmodified Windows game and you can use it to quickly understand the graphics feature usage and performance potential of your game when running on a Mac,” explained Aiswariya Sreenivassan, an engineering project manager for GPUs and graphics at Apple who spoke during WWDC.
From The Verge:
Apple has created a new Game Porting Toolkit that’s similar to the work Valve has done with Proton and the Steam Deck. It’s powered by source code from CrossOver, a Wine-based solution for running Windows games on macOS. Apple’s tool will instantly translate Windows games to run on macOS, allowing developers to launch an unmodified version of a Windows game on a Mac and see how well it runs before fully porting a game.
Mac gaming has been a long running meme among the PC gaming community, despite Resident Evil Village and No Man’s Sky ports being some rare recent exceptions to macOS gaming being largely ignored.
Apple's new game porting toolkit is fantastic. Here's Cyperbunk 2077 running at Ultra on an M1 MacBook Pro 16 GB! pic.twitter.com/hylzMU6U46— Isaac (@isaacmarovitz) June 6, 2023