WoW Legion is out on Mac (61% faster thanks to Metal)
World of Warcraft (WoW) continues to lose subscribers every year, but Blizzard hopes that Legion will turn the tide.
Legion certainly includes the same old features you could expect from an expansion (Level cap raised to 110, a new Demon Hunter class, new areas to explore and more dungeons and raids).
But Legion also introduces game-changing features, such as:
- New legendary Artifact weapons
- New PvP-specific talents
- A new world-scaling leveling system
- And Class Order Halls
A much better Mac experience thanks to Metal
Last year Apple released Metal, the brand-new engine that would revolutionize graphics and gaming performance. Many high-profile developers were on board, but over a year later, absolutely no game supported Metal.
I’m glad to confirm the first Mac game to support Metal is finally here. WoW now has a version that officially supports Metal and you don’t need to have Legion to benefit from it. With Count It, we measured both WoW using OpenGL and WoW using Metal and compared the results:
The results speak for themselves. The Metal version of WoW is over 60% faster than the older version.
For both OpenGL and Metal versions, two tests were performed for each version. You can see the detailed specifications and results of two of the tests performed:
During Legion’s beta phase, a Redditor compared both versions and found that the Metal version was 21% faster than the OpenGL version. It seems Blizzard has been hard at work making the Metal version even better.
Have you tried Legion or the latest WoW Metal version? Let us know how it’s going so far.