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  • - Hey guys, this is Austin.

  • Over the years we've done a lot of videos

  • exploring whether or not you can game on a Mac.

  • Spoiler alert, usually the answer is yes,

  • but not all that well.

  • However, it's 2018 and some things have recently changed.

  • Now the last time we did this video

  • we were trying it on a $200 MacBook.

  • And as you imagine for something that is so old,

  • the results weren't all that impressive.

  • But today, we have a 2016 15 inch MacBook Pro

  • in front of us as well as a whole host of toys

  • that are fresh and ready to go.

  • Sounds like I'm describing a pizza.

  • I'm describing gaming computers.

  • Because, um.

  • Hi.

  • Now the simplest way to game on a Mac

  • is going to be to use a streaming service

  • such as Nvidia's GeForce NOW.

  • Now this is actually something that was able to work

  • all the way onto the $200 laptop.

  • And personally, as far as I'm concerned,

  • it's one of the better ways of gaming here,

  • as long as you have a decent internet connection.

  • The way the streaming service like GeForce NOW works

  • is that instead of running it on your computer,

  • which could be a problem if you're running a Mac

  • and therefore can't play a lot of games,

  • is that instead it's going to be

  • streaming it from the cloud.

  • Now the main thing to keep in mind here

  • is that you do need to have a good internet connection.

  • So especially when you're playing

  • like high intensity games such as Fortnite for example,

  • having a good internet connection

  • is going to be hugely vital.

  • Alright, we're in the game.

  • So there's a couple things you are going to notice

  • with a setup like this.

  • First of all, there's going to be latency.

  • There's always going to be some latency.

  • So, for this it's, I don't know, it's hard to tell

  • just based on looking at it.

  • I'd say maybe it's like a quarter of a second or so.

  • It doesn't seem to be too bad.

  • But something else that's going to be noticeable

  • is the reduction in image quality.

  • Because you're essentially just looking

  • at a video feed as opposed to playing the game natively.

  • Depending on your connection, you will see some artifacts.

  • Although, to be honest, this looks pretty close

  • to a native set up right now.

  • As long as you have a good internet connection,

  • I really feel like GeForce NOW is worth a shot.

  • Now the only thing you should keep in mind

  • is that while it is free,

  • it's going to be in beta right now.

  • And so unless you've actually signed up in the past,

  • there is going to be a wait list,

  • so it might be a little while before you can

  • actually get your hands on the service.

  • But for free, especially if you wanna

  • be able to play games on the go on something like a Mac,

  • it really actually does make a lot of sense.

  • Also as a side note, GeForce NOW is available

  • on PC as well.

  • So if you guys want more information on how it works,

  • and especially on the PC side of things,

  • I did do a full video at CES this year

  • that you guys can go check out.

  • Continuing on the streaming train, we have OneCast.

  • So if you guys are familiar with Xbox One

  • streaming on a Windows PC,

  • it's really straightforward.

  • So basically as long as you have your Xbox

  • and your Windows computer on the same network,

  • you can stream games from your Xbox to your PC.

  • And generally speaking,

  • when you're over a very short distance,

  • say, you know, a local network,

  • latency's not going to be too bad.

  • And with OneCast, that brings that same functionality

  • to the Mac.

  • I actually haven't tried this yet, so let's give it a try.

  • The app is pretty straightforward,

  • you just need to install the drivers

  • for your Xbox One controller.

  • Which you're going to need.

  • And then once you log in to your Xbox account,

  • we hit connect, it should get us on to our Xbox.

  • Yeah, there we go.

  • So, if I try to scroll through here,

  • it seems to be just like I'm playing on a normal Xbox.

  • Alright, we're in the game.

  • The first thing I'll say is that

  • the video quality is kind of so-so.

  • Looks like there's more compression

  • than there was with GeForce NOW.

  • Yeah, it does seem like there's a little bit more

  • lag than there was with GeForce NOW.

  • The image quality is definitely not as nice.

  • Now to be fair, you should always expect some latency.

  • But considering that instead of running on a server,

  • who knows how many miles away,

  • I'm running on an Xbox, that's only a few feet away.

  • That's a little bit annoying.

  • Yeah, I mean it's a $20 program,

  • which is definitely not going to be cheap.

  • Luckily there is going to be a free trial,

  • so you can give it a try and if it sucks

  • you can bail on it.

  • But, I've gotta say I'm actually kinda disappointed.

  • I think, think we can do better.

  • Now as with any computer, whether it be PC or Mac,

  • the GPU matters when it comes to gaming.

  • Now higher end Macs such as the iMac,

  • as well as the MacBook Pro 15 inch that I have here,

  • actually do have somewhat decent GPUs inside.

  • However when it comes to lower end stuff,

  • such as the 13 inch MacBook Pro,

  • the 12 inch MacBook,

  • as well as the MacBook Air,

  • they're all going to have integrated graphics

  • and are going to have a lot more trouble gaming.

  • At least right out of the box.

  • Now external Thunderbolt enclosures are nothing new.

  • But they have gotten a lot better

  • and they've gotten a lot more well supported.

  • You can see, something like an RX 580

  • can fit in a nice small package.

  • But on top of that, this also will work on Windows.

  • All you need is a Thunderbolt 3 port,

  • and it should be good to go.

  • Just keep in mind that you should connect your display

  • to the actual graphics card, as opposed to your computer.

  • It will definitely help alleviate

  • any kind of bottlenecks in the actual

  • Thunderbolt 3 interface,

  • but once you hook it up,

  • it should be a very seamless setup.

  • So to start out with, we're going to be using

  • the MacBook Pro 15 inch with it's standard graphics card.

  • And we're going to be using a little game

  • called Rocket League.

  • So using my Xbox One controller,

  • I'm curious to see what kind of performance

  • we're gonna get here.

  • I was able to actually crank the graphics

  • pretty much all the way up.

  • And it actually is not going to be too bad.

  • So as some of you guys are probably aware,

  • Steam is supported on the Mac.

  • And if you buy a game on Steam for Windows,

  • you are going to be able to play it on the Mac,

  • provided that there is another version.

  • This is actually not bad at all.

  • We're getting 68 frames per second or so here,

  • 67, wow this is totally playable.

  • Next up, let's try to see what we can do

  • with the actual gaming box connected.

  • So like I was saying earlier,

  • the setup is going to be really straightforward.

  • We've got Thunderbolt 3 into the box,

  • and then we've got the box going to DisplayPort,

  • into the monitor.

  • This is pretty nice and smooth.

  • Although I've gotta say, the frame rate

  • actually is not going to be a huge difference.

  • So as opposed to being in the mid 60s,

  • instead we're somewhere in the 80s.

  • Oh, there we go, alright.

  • I will say one thing, even though

  • this is not making a massive difference,