Steps to Enjoy Video Games on a MacBook

Steps to Enjoy Video Games on a Macbook

Have you been itching to play some video games on your Macbook? It might be difficult to enjoy some of the games that are high-end and require specific hardware. On the other hand, the problem could lie in the fact that you have neglected to take proper care of the Macbook.

The bottom line is that there are multiple methods to improve the gaming experience, even if Macbooks are not known among video game enthusiasts. Take the steps mentioned below, and you should have fewer issues running video games on your Mac.

Step #1 – Get Rid of System Junk

Start with analyzing your disk space. It is recommended to have between 10 to 15 percent of free storage. Otherwise, the Macbook will underperform, which spells problems for those who want to play video games.

There are cleaning apps that can remove the system junk automatically. Getting rid of caches, app plugins, extensions, and system backups is easier when you do not have to change the system settings to access the data and delete the files manually.

As for other ways to free up the drive space, you can transfer some data to external storage devices and cloud services, such as iCloud and Dropbox. Consuming media on streaming sites helps as well because you no longer have to keep large media files on the computer.

Step #2 – Close Background Applications

Video games require computer resources. You should close background applications that are not important to the system when playing video games. Some exceptions apply. Antivirus software should be active regardless if you are gaming because there is a possibility to encounter malware.

If you are uncertain about background processes, Activity Monitor gives you an idea of which apps are currently active and how many system resources they are consuming. 

Step #3 – Make Sure the System is Malware-Free

If the Macbook underperforms when you are not running resource-heavy applications, it may be that viruses or malware are inside the computer.

Run a custom disk scan to make sure that the Macbook is malware-free. Antivirus might have missed a virus that corrupted a system file or two while it was running in the background.

If a custom disk scan locates infected files, delete these files immediately, and consider getting better antivirus software.

Step #4 – Tinker With In-Game Settings

Video games have preset graphics, but consumers are free to make adjustments to textures, shadows, water effects, and other customization options.

Try as many different graphic variations as you can until you are happy with both in-game looks and how the game is running on the Macbook. On the other hand, you may have to sacrifice graphics quality for the sake of playing some video games without lag.

Step #5 – Run Games in Full-Screen Mode

You might encounter some gamers who suggest you run games in window mode. Trying that might prove to be a good piece of advice. However, full-screen mode is usually the most optimal option because the computer has to render only the in-game screen when in full-screen mode. Meanwhile, window mode means that the system has to render the desktop in addition to the video game, which takes a significant toll on your Mac’s overall performance.

Step #6 – Add New Hardware

Not every Macbook model is compatible with additional or replacement hardware. Nevertheless, if you have a budget and your Macbook allows for it, do not hesitate and look for ways to improve it.

Some of the most popular choices include replacing a hard drive with a solid-state drive, purchasing an external graphics processing unit, and adding extra RAM. If you are not in a hurry, you can always wait for the holiday season and buy hardware when it goes on sale.

Step #7 – Get a Cooling Pad

A cooling pad helps when the Macbook starts to overheat because the internal fans cannot keep up. The accessory is relatively cheap and is a good all-around item to have even if you do not play video games. But given how much strain games put on the computer fans, something like a cooling pad can be of great help.

Step #8 – Disable Notifications

Notifications can pop up at random and disrupt your gameplay. You may notice a sudden drop in frames because a random application starts to download updates, or Spotlight begins to index. 

You can solve the issue by making the necessary adjustments in the Notification Center. Disable incoming notifications and switch back after you finish gaming.

Step #9 – Install Missing Software Updates

Lack of software and operating system updates may be the reason why your computer cannot run a video game optimally. Make sure that you have the most recent OS version and that other relevant applications are also up to date.