Hearthstone on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon?

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

You cannot discard collectible card games (CCG) without first giving Hearthstone a try.

This free-to-play game is another genre-defining game from Blizzard. Hearthstone is a CCG that is both accessible and fun. And as an added bonus, it makes great use of Warcraft’s most iconic characters you know and love.

Hearthstone on Mac

In classic Blizzard fashion, Hearthstone has always received excellent Mac support. The game was released simultaneously on both Windows and Mac and features cross-platform multiplayer.

Genre: CCG 64-Bit Support: Hearthstone on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 6 M1 Support: Rosetta 2
Developer: Blizzard API: Metal M1 Performance: Good

Is Hearthstone worth it? The reviews

It’s easy to sound too hyped when talking about Hearthstone, but it truly is an excellent game. It took a genre many would automatically discard as boring and created an exceptional game with outstanding reviews and a strong e-sports scene:

88 Metascore

Hearthstone on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 7 9 IGN

Hearthstone Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.12
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 8600M GT, Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better
Hard Drive: 3 GB
A 64-Bit OS and Metal support are required

Checkmark icon Note that according to these system requirements, a Mac with integrated graphics should not be able to run it. But we can confirm it’s possible. More on that below.

Hearthstone M1 Mac support

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

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2021:

Hearthstone Mac M1 support

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.

The game was tested on the following M1 Mac:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM

As you can see below, the game is still exclusively written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, Hearthstone can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs:

Hearthstone Mac Metal and Rosetta 2 support

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • Hearthstone: Version unknown

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Hearthstone M1 Mac benchmarks

These are the Hearthstone M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far:

Benchmarks Medium Settings & 900p Max Settings & 900p Max Settings & 1440p
MacBook Air (M1, 2020)  NA NA NA

As Hearthstone doesn’t have a frames per second counter, it was impossible to measure and share FPS figures. That said, we can confirm the game runs smoothly on our M1 MacBook Air, even on the highest resolutions and settings.

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