Seeing how PUBG easily smashed Steam’s peak user record more than once, I’m sure you’ve wondered if PUBG for Mac will ever happen.
After all, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (or PUGB, in short) runs on Unreal Engine 4, the same engine used by other Battle Royale shooters available on Mac. So why no MacOS support?
Why doesn’t PUBG support Mac?
Such a question is usually left unanswered, but this time Brendan Green, the game’s creator himself, answered. Too bad it wasn’t what we wanted to hear… In an interview at 2017’s Gamescom conference, Green said (translated using Google Chrome):
There’s just not enough Linux players. The same is true for Mac. We just do not have enough resources at the moment. Is not on the roadmap. I’m sorry.
And so it seems we will never be able to experience PUBG on Mac.
I usually don’t even write about games that maybe someday could make it to MacOS. Most developers don’t even take the time to acknowledge the Mac platform or reply to related questions, therefore, why bother writing about their games.
This time is different. At least PUBG Corporation acknowledged that other platforms exist. Brendan Green himself did, and in spite of giving an answer we didn’t want to hear, there will be no more uncertainty surrounding it…
So where does that leave us?
How to play PUBG on Mac
This isn’t for everyone but if you’re open to running Windows on your Mac, you can certainly play Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds on it too (available on Steam). We definitely prefer to play MacOS games only, but exceptions can be made for the games we absolutely need to try.
If PUBG is that game for you, there are several methods you can use to run it on your Mac. Each method has clear advantages and disadvantages, so it will be up to you (and the performance requirements of the game) to decide which one is better suited for you:
|Method||Cost||Requires Windows license?||Requires Reboot?||Pros and Cons|
|Bootcamp||Free||❌ Yes||❌ Yes||✔ Great performance|
|Parallels||$79.99||❌ Yes||✔ No||✔ Easy to use
❌ Limited performance
|NVIDIA GeForce Now||$25 for 20 hours||✔ No||✔ No||✔ Excellent performance
|Wine||Free||✔ No||✔ No||✔ Absolutely free to use
❌Complicated to set up
When it comes to running Windows games on Mac, performance and cost are the main drivers. For that reason, I prefer Boot Camp. But if a monthly fee is acceptable for you, streaming services have come a long way and are today an excellent here choice.
PUBG “Mac” system requirements
Unless you go with a streaming solution, system requirements remain critical. Especially for a demanding game such a PUBG. You won’t be able to find official PUBG Mac requirements, but if you’re thinking about using Boot Camp, the game’s Windows requirements are still applicable:
- A 64-bit processor and operating system
- Processor: Intel Core i5-4430
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 30 GB available space
But what if you’re not willing to deal with Windows? Are there worthy alternatives to PUBG on Mac?
Top Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Mac alternatives
We’ve covered the best FPS games for Mac before, but if I had to recommend a few, these are our favorites:
|Game||★ Best Overall||Best for MacBook||Best Value|
|Our rating||★★★★★ |
|Requirements||✅ Not Demanding||✅ Not Demanding||⚠️ Fairly Demanding|
But what if you’re looking specifically for Battle Royale game? Worry not, there are a few excellent MacOS native options at your disposal:
Fortnite: Battle Royale
The king of Bottle Royale games, and arguably the most famous game ever released, Fortnite is the reason most Mac gamers don’t even care about PUBG anymore. Fortnite is not only famous because of its unique take on the genre (you can also build structures). It’s also extremely popular, fun and free-to-play.
Fortnite is one of our favorite shooters overall on Mac, and because it can be played for free, there’s no reason not to try if for yourself:
One of the most popular games ever, Fortnite is an excellent shooter and a generous free-to-play game.
Our score: ★★★★☆
CS:GO Danger Zone
Perhaps not as fashionable as Fortnite, Counter-Strike is still one of the most famous shooters ever released. From Valve Software, CS: GO has been know for years as the king of LAN parties and competitive shooters.
And while that remains true, CS: GO recently expanded to become free-to-play and introduce a Battle Royale mode of is own: Danger Zone. Want to know more about it? Head over to Steam and try it for yourself for free.
Super Animal Royale
While PUBG, Fornite and CS: GO are clearly competing against each other, Super Animal Royale does its own thing.
Still on Early Access, Super Animal Royale is an intense top-down 2D battle royale game where up to 64 cute (murderous) animals fight to the death across several exotic biomes.
The game is $10.99, but it does also offer a Super Free Edition that allows you to play the game fully online and progress syncs to the full version!
With games like Fornite and CS: GO, not having PUBG on Mac is not as bad as it used to be. Still, if you absolutely need to play it, you now know how.
What’s your Battle Royale game on Mac?