3 Ways to Play Content Warning on Mac – Our Experience

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Content Warning is the latest gaming gem with humble beginnings that suddenly became extremely popular. Naturally, we were interested in trying the game on our Macs if possible and, expectedly, we quickly found out Content Warning is not supported for Mac. We looked for possible workaround solutions and so far managed to find three valid options that we tested and now want to talk about.

What Are the 3 Ways to Play Content Warning on Mac?

The three working solutions for playing Content Warning on a Mac computer are the Boosteroid cloud gaming platform, CrossOver, and Boot Camp. We tested all of them and will share our experience with the methods further down this page. But if you want to directly try them yourself, you can check them out right below:

Boosteroid Cloud Gaming (Recommended method)

Features: Constant 1080p/60 FPS; Stable connection; Low bandwidth requirements (15 MBPS); Huge gaming library with all the latest AAA titles.

Pros

  • The best value cloud gaming option.
  • Compatible with all macs
  • Hardware specs don’t matter
  • You can play in your browser in about 15 minutes

Cons

  • Requires a good internet connection
  • You need to look if the game is supported with your chosen vendor

Extras: Here’s our review of Boosteroid with a comparison to GeForce Now; also check out our Boosteroid Games List.

Boosteroid is our top pick for playing games on a Mac, especially if you’re not super competitive. It’s perfect if you just want to have fun playing games on your Apple computer without dealing with any complicated setups. Plus, it offers a nice balance of good graphics and smooth gameplay, making for an enjoyable gaming experience.

  1. Use the “Play with Boosteroid” button and go to the Boosteroid website. There, you need to create a new account or log in using your Google Account credentials.
  2. Go at the top-right corner of the screen and click on “My account”. To begin using Boosteroid, you need to activate a plan of your choice under the “My subscription” tab.
  3. Look for the game in the search tab on top to see which vendors Boosteroid supports. You need to own the game before you proceed with this method. Here are links to the game for different vendors: Steam; check for a discount on Cdkeys.com
CrossOver + the Game Porting Toolkit

Pros

  • It’s free
  • Unlimited compatibility
  • Stable and reliable

Cons

  • Takes time to set up
  • Takes tons of storage

Note: You need to own the game before you proceed with this method. Here are links to the game for different vendors: Steam; check for a discount on Cdkeys.com

You can play Windows games directly on your Mac using Apple’s Game Porting Toolkit (GPTK). Although GPTK is powerful, setting it up initially can be tricky since it involves using Terminal commands. To make things easier, you can combine GPTK with CrossOver, which is a more user-friendly application. This combination streamlines the installation process and makes it simpler to set up compatibility layers, helping users configure their systems more easily.

1. Visit the CrossOver site by clicking the button below, and download and install CrossOver.

2. Open CrossOver and create a new Bottle from the Bottle menu.

3. Right-click the newly-created bottle, click Install Software in Bottle, and then search for and install Steam (or another game launcher if you own the game elsewhere).

4. Make sure that D3DMetal option is enabled if you are about to play a DirectX 11 or 12 game, and then launch and log into Steam, find the game in your library, install it, and click Play.

Boot Camp

Features: Provides a native Windows 11 experience. Allows running all Windows-compatible programs and games as long as the Mac’s hardware can support them.

Note: Not available for Apple Silicon models.

Pros

  • It’s free
  • Unlimited compatibility
  • Stable and reliable

Cons

  • Takes time to set up
  • Takes tons of storage
  • Unavailable for M1/M2

Note: You need to own the game before you proceed with this method. Here are links to the game for different vendors: Steam; check for a discount on Cdkeys.com

Boot Camp is a tool that lets you install Windows on your Mac computer separately, creating a dedicated space for it. With Boot Camp, you can run any Windows program on your Mac without facing compatibility issues.

  • The main advantage of using Boot Camp is its stability. It ensures smooth performance without errors, crashes, or other issues while playing games on your Mac. Additionally, Boot Camp is a free method, so you only need to pay for the game itself.
  • However, there are some drawbacks to consider. First, Boot Camp requires a significant amount of hard drive space because it installs both the game and the entire Windows 10 operating system on your Mac. Moreover, Boot Camp only works with Intel-based Macs, so if you have an Apple Silicon Mac, you’ll need to explore other options. Lastly, setting up Boot Camp can be time-consuming, as it may take a couple of hours to complete the installation process.

If you are still reading this and not already playing the game through one of the mentioned methods, you probably first want to learn about our experience with them. In this case, be sure to read the reports we’ve prepared for you below.

Playing Content Warning on Mac with Boosteroid: What’s the Cloud Gaming Experience Like?

Boosteroid (and other cloud gaming services) works by letting you stream the desired game over the Internet, which circumvents the issue of a particular game not having a Mac version. This is ideal in the case of Content Warning, as it lets you easily play the game on your Apple machine without needing to download and figure out a way to get it to run. All you need is an Internet with a speed of at least 15 Mbps and latency lower than 50 ms. If these requirements are met, you’ll be able to play any game from the Boosteroid library (including Content Warning) with 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.

The Internet we used in our tests had 25 Mbps speed and around 40-50 latency, so it met the requirements of Boosteroid. We tested the game with Boosteroid through both the native macOS cloud gaming app and the web browser version of Boosteroid. And in both cases, we got very good streaming quality with maximum resolution and FPS and almost no performance hiccups. Of course, there were a couple of instances when the stream got a bit choppy and the image degraded for a couple of seconds, but that was mostly due to momentary lag spikes in our Internet.

Overall, using Boosteroid to play Content Warning on Mac is easy, straightforward, and provides great performance regardless of the Mac model you are using – an easy recommend.

Playing Content Warning on Mac with Boosteroid
Content Warning on Mac with Boosteroid

Running Content Warning on Mac M1 with CrossOver

CrossOver works by translating the code of the game you want to play into something that our macOS can “understand” and run. The app provides several translation layers that work with different levels of success for different games. Installing and using the app is pretty easy and most users will have no problem with the setup process. 

Since this method actually requires you to have the game downloaded and run it locally, this means that your Mac will need to meet the game’s system requirements (this isn’t needed with cloud gaming). Content Warning isn’t the most demanding game, but it’s still recommended to have at least 16 gigs of unified memory on your Apple Silicon Mac to run it with decent performance.

Once we started the game in CrossOver on our M1 MacBook Pro (16 GB), we set its graphical setting to Medium and began playing. The performance was mostly okay – around 40-50 FPS – but we did encounter a weird bug that prevented us from picking up items. Even so, the game was still playable and we managed to have some fun, but the experience was not as good compared to Boosteroid. That said, we can still say that CrossOver provides a valid way to play Content Warning, especially on more powerful Apple Silicon Macs (M1, M2, and M3).

Testing Content Warning on Intel Mac with Bootcamp

The final method we tried is the well-known and somewhat outdated Bootcamp solution, which only works for Intel Macs. Bootcamp enables you to separate your Mac’s hard drive into two partitions, and install the Windows OS on one of them. This basically turns half of your Mac into a Windows PC, allowing you to run any Windows game as long as its system requirements are met.

We ran our test on a 2018 Intel MacBook Pro with 16 GB of RAM, which was enough to grant us around 50 FPS on Medium settings. The good thing here is that the bug we saw in CrossOver wasn’t present, so we managed to have a pretty good experience with the game. However, running the game locally led to some serious heating of our machine – a common problem when gaming on Intel Macs. This didn’t stop us from enjoying the game, but it was still not very pleasant to feel the keyboard getting hot and hear the fans running at full blast. 

That being said, if you have a decently powerful Intel Mac, the Bootcamp method is a valid solution for playing Content Warning on it.

Our Experience With Playing Content Warning on Mac: Conclusion

After thoroughly testing each of the three working methods to play Content Warning on Mac, we can say that each of them presents a valid solution and will let you enjoy the game on your Apple machine. 

Out of the three options, Boosteroid is the one we liked the most because of how easy it is to use and because it is the most reliable one. CrossOver is okay for Apple Silicon Macs, but the bug that stops you from picking up items can be annoying. As for the Bootcamp solution, it takes a bit to set it up and playing the game in this way can lead to some serious heat coming out from your Mac. If that’s okay for you and you don’t mind these two downsides, it can still be a valid method for enjoying the Content Warning.


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