Civilization 6 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors?

Civilization 6 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 5Yes, Civilization 6 runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.

The latest entry in the legendary Sid Meier’s Civilization series, Civ 6 is not only the best turn-based strategy game out there, but it’s also one of the best strategy games, period.

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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.

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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:

88 Metascore


Civilization 6 Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.12.6
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

Civilization 6 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 8Yes, Civilization 6 runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: June 24, 2021:

Civilization 6 on M1 Mac

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:

NameMachineResolutionSettingsFPSTester
Civilization 6💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB1440x900Ultra34.4Mac Gamer HQ
Civilization 6💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB1440x900Medium53Mac Gamer HQ

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.

Tested versions:

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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