Rocket League on Mac: Sad news, Mac support will end soon…

by | Jan 28, 2020 | Racing

Combining soccer with racing, Rocket League is an outstanding physics-based game with high-flying cars that can score amazing goals and pull off game-changing saves.

The gameplay is extremely addictive as it is, but take it online only and you get one of the most engrossing multiplayer experiences in modern gaming.

Update: Developer Psyonix will stop  supporting Rocket League on Mac and Linux this March. This decision will effectively disable online functionality for players on macOS and Linux.

These are terrible news, of course, as Multiplayer is an essential part of the game. To appease the community, Psyonix is offering refunds to the affected players.

With fast gameplay and sleek futuristic graphics, Rocket League is one of the top racing games for Mac. And you probably expect it to be demanding, especially when played online. Well, prepare for a good surprise…

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First things first, is the game any good?

Released for Mac in September 2016, Rocket League is one of those games that the older it gets, the more popular it becomes. Yet, Rocket League’s secret is simple: a thriving Multiplayer community.

And there’s a reason why everybody loves this game so much, even after all these years. Reviewers all praised it, which is why the game has an impressive 86 Metascore (weighted average of scores given by critics).

Rocket League Mac Metacritic

Looking at what the biggest outlets had to say, they all had a similar conclusion. Take for example Gamespot, which gave it a 9/10 score and said:

Rocket League emulates the emotional surges typical of The Beautiful Game, such as the rush of an unexpected fast break or a well-timed header into a goal. With Rocket League, the promising concept of combining two wonderful things–cars and soccer–is equally magnificent in execution.

And I liked PC Gamer‘s conclusion even more:

Rocket League is fast, fun and relentlessly enjoyable. The best football game without feet.

That’s all good, but what about regular gamers? What did they have to say about this game? Usually, they’re the toughest crowd, especially on Steam where review bombs are frequent…

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Not today. Gamers loved it too. Rocket League currently has 93% positive reviews from over 143,000 gamers. For reference, that’s insane.

My take? You can’t go wrong with this game. I was so hooked when it was first released, I almost forgot FIFA will never come back to macOS… And it only took a few matches (for the purpose of this review) to get me hooked again.

This game is just that good. It’s extremely hard to master, yet so much fun after a few matches.

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Rocket League Mac requirements

Remember, if you don’t pay attention to the system requirements, you risk buying a game you won’t be able to play! These are Rocket League’s Mac system requirements:

  • OS: macOS 10.8.5
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or Iris Pro Graphics
  • Storage: 5 GB available space

And these are the recommended requirements:

  • OS: macOS 10.8.5 or Newer
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2.4 GHz+
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5670, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
  • Storage: 5 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Gamepad or Controller Recommended

Pay special attention to that last line. You can play with your keyboard and mouse, but using a controller (I use either an XBOX 360 controller or a PS4 controller) will be much better.

The Test: Can you play Rocket League on Mac?

Online multiplayer games require higher performance than your average game. So can your Mac run it? Let’s test it on the following models to figure that out:

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016): 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 (1.5GB)
  • iMac (5K, 27-inch, Late 2014): 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M290X (2GB)
  • Mac Mini (Late 2014): 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100 (1.5GB)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012): 5.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000 (1.5GB)

As with every other Mac Performance Review we do, we’re covering setups that are as different from each other as possible. In this case:

  • High-end Macs (the 2014 iMac).
  • New, but basic Macs (the 2016 MacBook Pro).
  • Older and basic Macs (the 2012 MacBook Pro and the 2014 Mac Mini).

This way, the chances your setup will be similar to one of these will be high (thus making comparisons for you easier).

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These are the settings we used to test the game:

  • 1280×720 resolution
  • Render Quality/Detail: Quality
  • Vertical Sync On
  • Anti Aliasing: FXAA Low

Why these settings? 1280×720 is considered HD and the rest of settings are roughly equivalent to a Medium preset. This should create a relevant playground to test both powerful Macs and more basic (older) models.

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The Results: A surprisingly easy game to run!

We were pleasantly surprised with the performance levels Rocket League delivered:

Rocket League results

And remember, a competitive multiplayer game needs more than a decent frame rate… We usually aim for a minimum of 30 frames per second (FPS).

A game like this requires consistent frames per second, otherwise, lag due to performance coupled with lag due to network issues would create an intolerable experience.

I know most of you won’t be trying to join the Rocket League Pro League, but still, there’s nothing more infuriating than blowing a perfect scoring opportunity because the screen froze for 3 seconds (which is a lot when playing online!)…

Gladly, the results were surprisingly good! This is what you should expect depending on your setup.

Can my Mac run Rocket League?

As can be expected, having a high-end Mac guarantees great performance. But what is a high-end Mac you wonder? Put simply, a Mac with a dedicated graphics card that has 2GB of Video RAM or more. And this applies to slightly older machines too.

For example, my iMac from 2014 model can’t be considered new. Still, it has the best graphics card money could buy at the time. This is why it ran at 60 FPS the entire time. And it didn’t do better because frames per second were locked to 60 FPS maximum.

Playing the game at the highest settings and at 1600×900 resolution, the game looked amazing while still running at a satisfying speed of 60 FPS.

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Can you play Rocket League on a MacBook Pro?

This category is always tough because Mac users have high expectations. After all, you paid over $1,500 for a MacBook Pro, so it should be able to run video games right? Unfortunately, most Macs use integrated graphics and we all know that makes all the difference. Integrated graphics are great for mobility and battery life, but the worst for gaming.

So where does that leave us? Unfortunately, there are no rules (except maybe: never expect great results). Still, it all comes down to the game.

In this case, I’m happy to report Rocket League runs great on all modern Macs, including those with paltry integrated graphics. For example, my 2016 MacBook Pro squeezed 48.50 FPS out of the game. That’s way over our 30 FPS target and more than enough for smooth gameplay online.

But what if you have an older Mac?

This is where it gets tricky… The 2014 Mac Mini we tested isn’t that old, and the integrated graphics it has isn’t one of the worst out there but the results were nonetheless disappointing… Same conclusion with the MacBook Pro.

At 28.48 and 22.22 respectively, those frames per second are below our 30 FPS target.

But that doesn’t mean everything is lost. We went ahead and played around with the settings some more. We found that disabling Dynamic Shadows did make a noticeable difference on the 13-inch 2012 MacBook Pro:

Rocket League lower settings for 2012 MBP

We went from 22.22 to 31.65 FPS which is much better and good enough to enjoy this game

If you are ready to compromise and give up on the eye candy, you can expect acceptable gameplay on older Macs with integrated graphics. By the way, this matches the game’s requirements, which recommend Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better to play this game (more on that below).

Bottom line: This is one forgiving game that can be played on most Macs as long as you’re prepared to compromise (heavily) on looks.

Download Rocket League for Mac

Rocket League is available for download from several digital stores including Steam and Humble Bundle:

Soccer meets driving once again with Rocket League, the physics-based arena game that has taken the online competitive scene by storm!

Our score: ★★★★★

$19.99┊Humble Bundle

Rocket League Mac Review

Rocket League is a great game and used to run great on macOS. Unfortunately, its developer Psyonix decided to no longer support MacOS and remove key features such as online multiplayer and cross-play. For this reason, we can no longer recommend this game.

Operating System: macOS 10.8.5 and up

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  1. Bob Deskin

    The Can You Run It articles are always interesting regardless of whether I’m interested in playing the game or not. From what I’ve seen, the Unigine Heaven benchmark is aimed at graphics performance, which is usually the issue with modern games. I’ve run a couple of tests to see what changing some of the parameters does.

    I’d like to see some Heaven benchmark numbers for the test machines in these articles. If we know the number and the settings to obtain that number, we can run the same benchmark on our machines. That would give a pretty good indication of how well our machines will run something.

    • Ric Molina

      It’s good that you mention this… It’s exactly what we have been trying to do (I actually asked all of the guys to run the Heaven test) and reading your comment I noticed I didn’t even include the results… And everything is poorly explained on that front.
      I know what to work on for the next review 😉

  2. star-affinity

    This is one of those games that I really think more or less needs to run at 60 FPS to be fully enjoyable. It does so on the game consoles and the performance in Windows is quite a lot better compared to how it runs in macOS, at least on my machine: 6-core Mac Pro (Mid 2010) with GTX 970 graphics. Which makes me wonder – does anyone know if Rocket League use Metal or OpenGL for the Mac version? I’ve heard the later versions of the Unreal engine only supports Metal, but the question is if that includes Rocket League? In a way I hope not, since a change to Metal hopefully would give a welcome performance boost in macOS. 🙂

    • Ric Molina

      Hey. I haven’t found official information on this but I’m 99% sure it uses OpenGL (it was released before the big wave of Metal enabled games and hasn’t received any noticeable performance updates since).

      If you’re aiming for competitive multiplayer 60 FPS is a must, but a casual player should do fine with 30FPS. But hey, that’s really subjective and I’m sure some people will really find 30FPS to be way too slow! 😉

  3. JD

    What controller should I use with Mac ?

  4. minibeans

    Thanks for the review, I shall try Rocket League on Mac!


    Don’t own the game, but it’s always sad to see a Mac game go. We need more, not less!

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