Borderlands 3 for Mac: Finally available!

by | Oct 31, 2019 | Shooter

Borderlands 3 is now available for Mac. The Mac game was released today, October 30, 2019.

Usually handled by Aspyr Media, Borderlands games on Mac are usually highly anticipated and closely followed by fans. This time, though, developer Gearbox suddenly dropped the news, without any prior mention of macOS support:


As neither Aspyr nor Gearbox had never mentioned Mac support so far, we were certain that Borderlands for Mac would never happen. This makes it an even more pleasant surprise to suddenly receive the follow-up to one of our all-time favorite shooters for Mac.

The Borderlands franchise does not need an introduction. The first Borderlands basically created the looter shooter genre and the subsequent entries have refined. If you’re looking for an action-packed shooter full of weapons but also abilities and powers, look no further than Borderlands 3. And if you’re a superhero fan, watch The Boys and all the Marvel movies, you’ll feel oddly at home too.

The game is exclusively available on Epic Games.

The original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and a mayhem-fueled adventure! Blast through new worlds & enemies and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.


Borderlands 3 Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac system requirements:

  • OS: 10.12.6
  • Processor: 4.2 GHz (4 core) Intel Core i7
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon Pro 580 – 8GB VRAM
  • HDD: 75 GB

Unlike its predecessor, this is a demanding game that will require a recent Mac with a dedicated graphics card to run. We will be testing it soon, stay tuned for the results.


Borderlands 3 Mac download

For the time being, Borderlands 3 is only available on Epic Games. That said, you’ll still have to choose among the different versions available. Hopefully, this chart will help you decide:

Borderlands 3 Mac editions

Are you a Borderlands fan? will you be getting this one?

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7 Comments
  1. Argl

    So much for that franchise. Selling it exclusively on the epic store (screw that). The price of over 70 bucks (screw that) and even my 2016 touch bar MBPro with a Vega 64 eGPU won’t be enough, because my CPU runs at “merely” 2.9 GHz?!? Screw Borderlands.

    B2 used to run on much less demanding hardware at the time of its launch…

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  2. MrUNIMOG

    Really a pleasant surprise that we got a Mac port so early.

    But I really wonder what’s with those requirements, I mean 8 GB VRAM what the heck? The Windows version minimum requirement is a GTX 680 with a mere 2 GB… So the Mac version requires like double the graphics power and 4x the VRAM. Something seems off about that..
    Also supporting Sierra, they can’t be using the latest Metal features.

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    • MrUNIMOG

      Really looking forward to your performance testing!

      Although I have not much hope it will run on my 2012 iMac with 2 GB GTX 680MX.. Maybe time for me to look into eGPU possibilities.

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    • smithbt5

      Mr. Macright has a Borderlands 3 performance video on Youtube. He was able to run it ok with a 4GB video card with some reduced settings. Seems like the developer didn’t do a very good job of testing to determine what the minimum system really is. I have a 2017 iMac matching the stated minimum specs. I run it at 1080p on Medium settings and get 50-60 FPS most of the time. BTW, this game looks really good with the low settings preset.

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  3. Ray

    Wish I’d seen this before downloading BL3 on my late 2015 iMac. 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 32 GB 1600 MHZ DDR3 Ram and AMD Radeon R9 M380 2 GB Graphics Card. Totally unplayable. 🙁

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    • MrUNIMOG

      You should try setting “texture streaming” to Ultra and everything else to low, resolution to 720p maybe. People have had it run with okay-ish framerates on Macs way weaker than yours. The texture streaming setting seems make or break it.

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  4. Chris

    Does anyone know if this runs ok on Catalina?

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