Yes, Civilization 6 runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.
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Civ 6 on Mac Reviews
Civ 6 has been part of the best-selling Mac games for years now. And the fact it continues to receive excellent Expansions keeps it relevant and as popular as ever. Aside from recurrent issues that keep cross-play between Mac and Windows, Civ 6 is an excellent Mac port that features everything the Windows version of the game does.
With gameplay and features so far ahead of the competition, it’s no surprise Civ 6 has been critically acclaimed by both the press and the average gamer:
Civilization 6 Mac requirements
These are the game’s official Mac requirements:
|Processor:||2.7 GHz Intel Core i5|
|Memory:||6 GB RAM|
|Graphics:||GeForce 775M, Radeon HD 6970, or Intel Iris Pro|
|Hard Drive:||16 GB|
|64-bit processor and operating system required|
Civilization 6 M1 Mac support
Yes, Civilization 6 runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.
Last Updated: June 24, 2021:
The game is still written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, Civilization 6 can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs.
What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.
Civilization 6 M1 Mac benchmarks
The table summarizes our results as well as results from other members of the community:
As a reminder, this is how we describe the different levels of performance:
- Below 20 FPS: Unplayable: Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
- 20-30 FPS: Borderline: Can be OK in slow-paced games. Still, not optimal.
- 30-45 FPS: Playable: Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
- 45-60 FPS: Smooth: Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
- 60+ FPS: Very Smooth: For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.
We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a fluid experience for most casual gamers.
Concerning our in-house benchmarks, the game was tested on the following M1 Mac:
- 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM
- OS: macOS Big Sur version 11.4
M1 Performance VS Intel Macs
This is how Civilization VI runs on M1 Macs compared to equivalent Intel Macs:
|Benchmarks||2020 M1 MacBook Air||2016 13-inch MacBook Pro||Difference|
|Medium Settings & 800p||53 FPS||12.5 FPS||+76.4%|
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Civilization 6 Mac download
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