12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 4, 2006 9:12 PM by bonesawgdub
deaux Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I have been told I need to buy games that say for Intel processor not just those that say Mac. Or with Windows XP Pro installed I can use Windows compatible software. Is this correct? Something about a lot of software hasn't caught up with this new binary system. That it can run Mac only software but for games it might be slower. How much slower? For instance, Call of Duty has the Mac software but Call of Duty 2 has Mac/Intel software. So should I buy Mac/Intel software and not just Mac software. If so, are software companies gonna put out new versions of older products for Mac/Intel processors or create some kind of patch to be compatible?
Anyone used call of Duty 1 versuses 2 on a MacBook Pro? Was it slower?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Don Jordan Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
    Yes, some companies haven't created software capable of being played on an intel mac. So if you are planning to buy a game I would definitely check for intel based mac compatibility. I know for WoW they say it runs on MAC OS X and on the new intel-based macs.

    Otherwise, I hear that if you run games under bootcamp the performace stays the same.
  • Mike Vande Ven Jr. Level 5 Level 5 (4,365 points)
    I would disagree with this. I have played various games which have not yet been updated to be Intel native, and they work just fine with the Rosetta technology. you don't have to specifically look for games that provide Intel compatibility, but those games will run faster.
  • wl1205 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    That's is true unless we are taking about graphic intensive games like WoW and Call of Duty 2.
    Game companies will most likely to release a patch to make it Unversal Binary or make their next version of the game Universal. It's unlikely they will make the same game for PowerPC Macs and then sell another in Universal Binary.
  • ThierryR Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
    I know your question was solved, but I wanted to tell 2 examples that happen to me. First I bought Civilization III for Mac that came last year (I think). It is a PPC application but it works well with Rosetta. I also bought last month the game Cars (sold only at Target) that is a PPC application (a month old game that is not universal is not understandable) and it does not work at all. THQ, is suppose to write a patch soon (as they say...).
    I'm waiting for Civilization IV that is Universal so we'll see...
    I'm just try to said it depend...
    Good luck
  • staticuxo Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    call of duty 2 is for intel.. and it runs great for me.
  • deaux Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks a lot. That is what I am afraid of buying something that doesn't work right. You have been a great help.
  • deaux Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks that is what I wanted to hear!!!
  • Alex6 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
    Here is a link to a "reliable" list of games and their performance and status as Universal Binaries. A Universal app will run at native speeds, e.g. really fast, while a non-universal will run slower.

    All windows games will run just like they do on a standard peecee.

    Edit: forgot the link. space cadet.

    http://guides.macrumors.com/UniversalBinaryGames
  • deaux Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thank you so much Alex6!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • ThierryR Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
    Your welcome, Now yesterday I try to play another CIV III game and since I updated Mac OS X to version 10.4.7 the game does not work anymore. I contacted Aspyr to see if they will release a patch, pretty unlickly...
    Thierry
  • deaux Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I guess the patch will be something we download from their website? What do you think? I wonder about The Sims? Maybe the old one would work because it isn't complicated graphs and fast action. Except when my people on the game throw a fit because I won't let them do what they want!! Do you know anything about The Sims?
  • bonesawgdub Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    You may want to check out dualbootguru.com for some more information. Just thought I'd let you know.