How to Play Street Fighter on Mac

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Street Fighter V comes out for the PS4 and PC on February 16th, and per usual, to make the wait time go faster I’m planning on pulling up the old game and playing it a few weeks before the release date. I do the bulk of my gaming on my PC at home (which is in the middle of being torn apart for upgrades to get an Oculus Rift!), but any gaming away from my rig is mostly done on my MacBook Pro. Frustratingly though, Street Fighter IV isn’t available on the Mac—but worry not, weary gamer, there is another option.

Virtualize Street Fighter on Mac!

Street Fighter on Mac

Image courtesy of BagoGames under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

I can’t tell you how many things I did to try and run Windows-only games on my Mac, but the easiest method I found was installing Parallels Desktop for Mac and running a virtual machine of Windows. I can reach my Steam library through there, and run the game natively on my Mac.

Here are the steps you need to take to get your Street Fighter fix on Mac:


Any specific games you play on a PC you wish you could play on a Mac? Comment below and we can commiserate together on how much of our Steam library isn’t designed for all our machines.


Parallels Desktop for Mac

Apart from working as Parallels' Social Media & Community Manager, Megan Spurr spends the rest of her waking moments reading up on, playing, and arguing about video and table top games. She is best known for deep conversations on impostor syndrome in hobbies, a deep-seated fear of zombies, and a love of RPG's rivaled only for her affection for Batman.

  • Murilo

    Ok, I have a doubt … Can I play a game like “Battlefield Hardline” in steam on Windows in Parallels Desktop on Mac? And…. What’s the difference of bootcamp? bootcamp is also a hypervisor or it does direct the boot Mac hardware?

    • Hi Murilo – thanks for asking! We’ve haven’t tested Battlefield Hardline yet, but running it will depend on your computer’s available resources. If you do test it out, please let us know! We have a lot of gamers on our staff, so we’d love to hear about how it worked for you.