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How to Play on Mac Overwatch 2

Wondering if you can play Overwatch 2 on your Mac? Check these options to play this popular game on your Mac computer.

Published on Dec 31, 2022
How to Play on Mac Overwatch 2

Unfortunately for most Mac users, Overwatch 2 hasn't been released for the computer's operating system (OS). Many people believed the developers at Blizzard would release the game for Mac computers, but they only released it on consoles like the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 & 5, and Xbox One & Series x/s and Windows OS.

Though Blizzard hasn't announced a Mac variant of Overwatch 2, the good news is there are some workarounds that you can use to play Overwatch on Mac.

Download Boot Camp to install Windows

Boot Camp offers an easy and inexpensive fix for most Mac users to run Windows. Through the free software, you can play Overwatch on the Windows partition on Intel Macs.

Boot Camp Assistant

The way Boot Camp works is it splits your Intel Mac hard drive into two separate "partitions," one for the already installed macOS, and then installing Windows on the other. After you have windows installed, you can freely download Overwatch and play the game.

Some believe that Boot Camp is the inferior option, as you can't access your Mac applications while you're running Windows. However, with the processing power generally weaker on a Mac computer versus a gaming PC, it is better that your Mac device is only using its computing power on power-hungry apps like Overwatch.

Boot Camp Assistant comes pre installed on your Mac, and is the free option to play Overwatch on Mac computers. Here are the steps you need to take to play Overwatch with Boot Camp:

  1. Check your Secure Boot setting - you want to have it on Full Security before installing Windows.
  2. Under your Utilities folder in your Applications folder, open and run BootCamp Assist. Then, create a Windows partition.Partitian - Boot Camp
  3. Select the Boot Camp partition, and click Format.
  4. Click "Next" and follow any onscreen instructions to continue the Windows installation.
  5. Mac will start up in Windows. Follow onscreen instructions.
  6. Install Battle Net Launcher.
  7. Download Overwatch 2 from the Battlenet Launcher.

Download Parallels 12 to install Windows

Parallels 12 offers another option for installing windows on your Mac computer without restarting your computer. Parallels 12 can only be used to play Overwatch for Apple Silicon Macs, as the game will not load on M1 and M2 Macs. Additionally, this is not a free option, as it requires a paid subscription.

  1. Visit Parallels' website from your web browser
  2. Click "Download Parallels Desktop" > "Download Now"
  3. Open the .dmg file., follow the on-screen instructions
  4. After downloading, launch the app from the Applications folder, then click File > New
  5. Hit "Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image File"
  6. Install Windows from a DVD, .iso disc image, or USB driveParallels setp 2
  7. Enter your Windows product key
  8. Select which Windows edition you have
  9. Select "Games only"Games Only
  10. Specify name and location of the installationGames Only
  11. Begin installing Windows
  12. Install Battle Net launcher
  13. Install Overwatch 2

What your Mac needs to play Overwatch

Though you may finally have the operating system needed to play Overwatch on Mac, your computer needs a lot of gear for the game to run smoothly. Here are the recommended Mac specs to run Overwatch even at the minimum graphics settings:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10
  • Intel Core i3 processor
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460/ATI Radeon HD 4850/Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 30GB of storage space

Playing Overwatch requires heavy-duty system requirements. To be able to play Overwatch on Mac, you may need to adjust your game settings to the lowest for it to run with decent fps. However, installing a new graphics card will likely not be an option, as Apple has essentially made it impossible to upgrade your own computers.

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