How to Play Smite on Mac
If you’re a Smite fan but happen to use a Mac, you’re not out of luck. Smite is a fantastic MOBA game featuring mythical gods, that presently does not have a direct MacOS version, but there are workarounds that can help you play it on your favorite Apple machine. In this article, we’ll explore three methods to play Smite on Mac, evaluating them based on game quality and ease of play. Additionally, we’ve included a guide with instructions to ensure you can enjoy the game easily and maximize your gaming experience.
Smite Mac Methods and Instructions
If you want to get straight into the Smite Mac adventure, here are three ways to do it. If you’re curious about the nitty-gritty of each method, just keep reading for a detailed look at what we found out when we tried them ourselves.
Boosteroid is an independent cloud gaming platform that integrates all major vendors to its service and excels in adding support for the latest titles before other platforms. Read our review on Boosteroid. Look at our Boosteroid list of games.
For the majority of Mac users, we highly recommend Boosteroid as our top choice because of its user-friendly interface and impressive performance. It ensures a steady 60 frames per second, even with contemporary titles, and achieves this without causing excessive heating or requiring substantial storage space on your Mac.
Features: Constant 1080p/60 FPS; Stable connection; Low bandwidth requirements (15 MBPS); Huge gaming library with all the latest AAA titles
GeForce Now is the most well-known cloud gaming service at the moment, and it also has the biggest gaming library out there. Additionally, this is the only cloud gaming service that currently features a free option.
- A free (albeit limited) subscription plan.
- Ability to play with 4K and 120 FPS and use RTX technology with its Ultimate plan.
- Supports upwards of 1500 games.
Boot Camp Assistant is a built-in Apple app that comes pre-installed on Intel-based Mac models. With its help, users can install the Windows 10 OS in a separate partition on their Macs. Booting from that partition allows the Mac to function exactly as a Windows PC and lets it run all compatible software.
Note: Not available for Apple Silicon models.
- Provides native Windows 10 experience.
- Allows running all Windows-compatible programs and games as long as the Mac’s hardware can support them.
Smite for Mac With Cloud Gaming
Cloud gaming platforms like Boosteroid and GeForce Now are a lifesaver for Mac users like us itching to play Smite. They let you stream the game right to your Mac, with no fuss about compatibility or installs. All you need is just to subscribe, make sure you’ve got a decent internet connection, and you’re all set.
Playing Smite for Mac was a hassle-free experience for us with Boosteroid. With just a 20 Mbps internet speed, our M1 MacBook Air ran the game smoothly with the highest video settings and stable 60 FPS. The setup was quick, and while occasional internet lags causes some minor hiccups, this was not too distracting. Moving on to GeForce Now, it was on par with Boosteroid. After a brief setup, we were ready to play, requiring a slightly better internet connection of around 25 Mbps. Performance dips with internet fluctuations were minimal, and GeForce Now offered us more options for tweaking settings.
Smite on Mac with Boot Camp: The Local Route
If cloud gaming is not your thing, Boot Camp is an option, though it comes with some caveats. Our experience with Smite on MacBook Air from 2019, equipped with an Intel Core i5 and 8GB of RAM, was quite favorable. Setting up Windows and adjusting Smite’s settings for optimal gameplay allowed us to achieve around 50 FPS at 1080p resolution – a noticeable improvement from older models. Although we had to dial back some graphics settings, the game remained enjoyable, hovering between 40-60 FPS across different maps. Despite the enhanced performance, however, we had to be mindful of the MacBook’s tendency to heat up during prolonged gaming sessions. To mitigate this, we recommend using a cooling pad and ensuring proper ventilation, which helps maintain a more consistent performance and a comfortable gaming experience.
Smite Mac Challenges with Parallels and CrossOver
While exploring alternatives like Parallels or CrossOver for Smite, we faced the following challenges. Both tools struggled with Smite’s anti-cheat system, causing issues when attempting to join online games. Therefore, if we have to give a conclusion to our experience, Boot Camp was the working option for Intel Macs, albeit with some hassle and potential heating concerns. For a smoother and cooler experience, however, both cloud gaming services, Boosteroid and GeForce Now, stood up. They’re easy to set up, provide good performance, with Boosteroid requiring slightly less internet speed and GeForce Now offering more control over settings.