World of Warcraft on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 5Yes, World of Warcraft runs on M1 natively!

The king of MMOs, World of Warcraft is one of those games that keeps getting better with the years.

And unlike other MMOs that gave up on macOS a long time, Blizzard has always delivered stellar Mac support for World of Warcraft.

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World of Warcraft on Mac

World of Warcraft is one of the best examples of a Mac version done right.

It supports everything the Windows version of the game does, it includes cross-platform multiplayer and is always among the first games to adopt the latest macOS innovations (such as Metal and now native Apple Silicon support):

Genre: MMO 64-Bit Support: World of Warcraft on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 6 M1 Support: Native
Developer: Blizzard API: Metal M1 Performance: Good

Is World of Warcraft worth it? The reviews

World of Warcraft Mac graphics V2

Many developers have tried to create the definitive World of Warcraft killer, but they all failed. Granted, there are other healthy Mac MMOs out there, but WoW remains the king of the genre.

And the game’s latest expansion, Shadowlands, has received great reviews too:

83 Metascore

World of Warcraft on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 7 8.0 IGN

World of Warcraft Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.12
Processor: Intel Core i5
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, ATI Radeon R9 M290, Intel HD 530 or better
Hard Drive: 100 GB
A Metal capable GPU

Chat icon Note that requirements are higher than for the previous vanilla World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft M1 Mac support

World of Warcraft on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 5Yes, World of Warcraft runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon natively!

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2021:

World of Warcraft on M1 Mac

What does “native” mean? Unlike games that require Rosetta 2 (a translation process) to run on Macs with Apple silicon, native games were coded to run on M1 Macs and should offer the best performance.

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, World of Warcraft is one of the few games that has been coded to run natively on M1 Macs. This should result in the best possible performance:

World of Warcraft on M1 natively

Blizzard has also confirmed their support for Apple Silicon Macs officially here:

With this week’s patch 9.0.2, we’re adding native Apple Silicon support to World of Warcraft. This means that the WoW 9.0.2 client will run natively on ARM64 architecture, rather than under emulation via Rosetta.

We’re pleased to have native day one support for Apple Silicon.

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • World of Warcraft: Version 9.0.2

World of Warcraft M1 Mac benchmarks

These are the World of Warcraft M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far:

Benchmarks Medium Settings & 900p Ultra Settings & 900p Ultra Settings & 1280p
MacBook Air (M1, 2020)  60 FPS* 60 FPS* 41.4 FPS

Chat icon * Be aware that frames per second are limited to 60 FPS maximum on our test machine.

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.

M1 Performance VS Intel Macs

This is how World of Warcraft runs on M1 Macs compared to equivalent Intel Macs:

Benchmarks 2020 M1 MacBook Air 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro Difference
Medium Settings & 800p 35.5 FPS 60 FPS +69%

World of Warcraft Mac results

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