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Upcoming Transition Apple from Intel to Apple Silicon and Big Sur

Hello, are there any plans to support MacOS Big Sur and the transition to ARM/Apple Silicon? Is a new Client Possible?
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looking for Apple Silicon

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  • Mack.3045Mack.3045 Member ✭✭✭

    A very good question ! You might be better to contact the CS Support Team directly to obtain a definitive response as they don't respond here on the forums or monitor questions.

    https://help.guildwars2.com/hc/en-us

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    looking for Apple Silicon

  • Just wanted to chime in - long time Apple player and I'm eager to see how well the client works on an MBP 13"!

  • Sol.6340Sol.6340 Member ✭✭

    I still have an Intel Mac, Late 2015 27" (I'm waiting for the new iMacs next year) but I can confirm that GW2 works nicely on Big Sur.

  • @Sol.6340 said:
    I still have an Intel Mac, Late 2015 27" (I'm waiting for the new iMacs next year) but I can confirm that GW2 works nicely on Big Sur.

    Oh goodie. I wasn't going to update my MBP until I heard that and read that if the application wasn't 32-bit that it wouldn't be supported but luckily it is so I'm super happy I can play.

  • But will it even run on the M1 chip?

  • Yes. Rosetta2 will translate the game as needed. Early benchmarks show Rosetta 2 emulation actually being faster than native on a lot of intel devices. :)

  • KrHome.1920KrHome.1920 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 18, 2020

    The CPU benches are not to be taken seriously as there exist only geekbench values and geekbench is a pretty useless benchmark. According to geekbench the M1 CPU is 20% faster than AMDs new 5000 series, while consuming half the power. That's nonsense. In general computing tasks ARM is by definition slower than x86, because it is a less complex architecture, specialised for certain workloads. But at these workloads it is of course more efficient. We don't know how esp. games will run on apple's ARM design.

    The M1 integrated GPU is as fast as a Radeon R9 280 (that's a rebrand of the HD7950), which is slightly faster than the original PS4 from 2013. Should be enough for GW2, but not for serious gaming in 2020.

  • dusanyu.4057dusanyu.4057 Member ✭✭✭

    some online game companies are warning about the fact they are not supporting apples new special snowflake chip and that Rosetta can result in a less than desirable gaming experience you might want to hold on to your old Intel mac for gaming if you plan on "upgrading"

  • I've just posted a YouTube video on Guild Wars 2 and the new Apple silicon devices. If you want to check it out, it's here it should clarify a number of questions regarding compatibility

  • KrHome.1920KrHome.1920 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 26, 2020

    Wow this is bad. 48 fps on an empty core game map with lowest settings. This thing will run with less than 30 fps in every hot or newer map on lowest settings (which make the game look worse than GW1).

  • @akcsl.8501 said:
    I've just posted a YouTube video on Guild Wars 2 and the new Apple silicon devices. If you want to check it out, it's here it should clarify a number of questions regarding compatibility

    Great video! So, from what you shared we can say that having best performance settings does not improve the FPS's of the game versus having it on Medium to High settings, right? Having 40+- fps it's pretty good! Let's hope it get's better, maybe with Rossetta 2 updates or even GW2 MacOS updates!