Diablo 3 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors?

Diablo 3 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 5Diablo 3 can run on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.

Diablo 3 is an action RPG from Blizzard. But more than that, it’s the latest entry in the genre-defining Diablo series.

Diablo practically invented loot-based games and Diablo 3 further perfected the addictive formula of hacking and slashing your way to more and better loot.

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Diablo 3 on Mac Reviews

Developed by Blizzard, Diablo 3 is yet another example of a Mac port done right. Just like World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, Diablo 3 on Mac features everything the Windows version does. And includes cross-platform multiplayer and Metal support.

-GameDeveloperGenreAPI64-bitM1 SupportPerformance
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Rosetta

Good

Bottom line: If you’re even remotely interested in action-RPGs or looter-based games, you simply owed it yourself to give Diablo 3 a shot:

87 Metascore

Diablo 3 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 7 9.1 IGN


Diablo 3 Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements for Diablo 3 (and all its subsequent expansions):

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.15
Processor: Intel Core i3
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, ATI Radeon HD 5670 or better
Hard Drive: 25 GB

Diablo 3 M1 Mac support

Diablo 3 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 8We tested the game on our M1 Macs and can confirm Apple Silicon Macs can perfectly run Diablo 3, even better than Intel Macs.

Last Updated: July 7, 2021:

Diablo 3 running on M1 Mac 2

Blizzard was quick to implement the Metal API early on, but unfortunately, they haven’t been as quick to implement native M1 support. Still, thanks to Rosetta 2, Diablo 3 runs great on M1 Macs, even the game is still coded for Intel 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.


Diablo 3 M1 Mac benchmarks

These are the Diablo 3 M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far. Notice we had to use the in-game FPS counter to evaluate performance levels (more of that below):

NameMachineResolutionSettingsFPSTester
Diablo 3💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB2560x1600High40Mac Gamer HQ
Diablo 3💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB1440x900High75Mac 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 smooth and fluid experience for most casual gamers.

How to view FPS in Diablo 3?

Diablo 3 is one of those games that can show you Frames Per Second (FPS) by simply pressing Control + R. This will allow you to reliably test different settings and resolutions combinations.

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • OS: macOS Big Sur version 11.4
  • Diablo 3: 2.7.0 (74291)

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Diablo 3 Mac download

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