Overwatch on Mac with Parallels Desktop


You may remember that the Blizzard game Overwatch—the 2016 IGN Game of the Year—was an example of a recent game that was not available to Mac users. Overwatch is available for PC, PSN, and Xbox. Fortunately, it played very well in Parallels Desktop® 12 for Mac.

That was the status a year and a half ago and so much has changed..

But a lot has happened since then. Overwatch has become even more popular; with over 30 million registered players, it has been updated many times with nine “seasons”, new maps such as Junkertown, and new characters like Brigitte or Doomfist

Parallels Desktop has been updated to version 13, with many new features such as Apple Touch Bar support for Windows programs, using Siri on Windows and Cortana on Mac, and so many more performance improvements.

And, of course, in the world of operating systems, both Apple® and Microsoft have released many updates and upgrades.

With this many changes and updates, the question is: Is Overwatch still an example of a recent, popular Windows-only game that plays well on the Mac in Parallels Desktop?

There is really only one way to find out: to try it ourselves. We installed Blizzard’s Overwatch in the latest Windows 10 in the latest Parallels Desktop and play it. And that is just what I did!

I am happy to report that Overwatch still runs great in Parallels Desktop 13. Check out the short video below which uses Doomfist:

A short video of Overwatch, one of the most popular multiplayer online first-person shooter from Blizzard.

We’d love to hear from you regarding your experience with Overwatch or other popular games! Let us know in the comments what Windows games you are playing in Parallels Desktop 13. Play Overwatch on Mac now – download a full-featured free 14 day trial of Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Kurt has been a Mac developer since before the Mac came out. Today he is the Senior Product Manager at Parallels where he works on both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Access. Prior to Parallels, he was the Senior Mac Evangelist in the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. Kurt is the author of three books and has lectured internationally on object-oriented programming, UI design, and virtualization. Kurt is also a Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional for 2014 and 2015. Outside of work, Kurt has been a fencer for many years, has four times been a member of the US team at the world championships, and has also been the coach of the US team: http://www.naginata.org.


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