Despite the fact that Apple’s hardware is often extremely powerful and well-suited to gaming, the number of games that feature innate macOS compatibility is shockingly low.
Most games out there right now are playable on Windows machines, and many even have Linux compatibility built into them, but lots of major triple-A releases don’t support Mac, meaning that Apple gamers are often being left out in the cold.
Unfortunately, EA’s flagship FIFA franchise is no exception to this rule; most recent FIFA games simply don’t feature any kind of innate Mac compatibility, with 2011’s FIFA 12 being the last FIFA game to launch for macOS (then called OS X).
So, is there a way to play FIFA for Mac? If you’re playing on a newer MacBook, for instance, or a powerful Mac tower, can you download and check out the latest FIFA game? Let’s take a look at whether or not it’s possible to enter into the world of FIFA gaming on Mac.
EA Sports FC 24 Isn’t officially available on Mac
No, EA Sports FC 24 is not available on Mac. EA Sports games have not been released for macOS in recent years, and there is no indication that this will change for FC 24.
However, there are a few ways to play EA Sports FC 24 on Mac, even though it is not officially supported. One way is to use Boot Camp to install Windows on your Mac. Once you have Windows installed, you can then download and install EA Sports FC 24 from the Origin store.
Another way to play EA Sports FC 24 on Mac is to use a cloud gaming service such as GeForce Now or Stadia. These services allow you to stream games from a remote server to your Mac, even if the games are not officially supported on macOS.
Finally, you may also be able to play EA Sports FC 24 on Mac using a virtual machine such as Parallels or VMware. Virtual machines allow you to run operating systems such as Windows on your Mac without having to install them natively.
However, it is important to note that none of these methods are guaranteed to work perfectly. Boot Camp, cloud gaming services, and virtual machines can all introduce performance and compatibility issues. Additionally, some cloud gaming services may require a subscription fee.
If you are serious about playing EA Sports FC 24 on Mac, I recommend that you do some research to determine which method is best for you. You should also check the system requirements for EA Sports FC 24 to make sure that your Mac is powerful enough to run the game.
FIFA 23 isn’t available for Mac
Unfortunately, the latest FIFA title, FIFA 23, is not available to play for Mac right now.
A quick look at the compatibility list on the game’s Steam page shows that it’s only compatible with the Windows operating system.
It’s not just Mac gamers, either; FIFA 23 doesn’t feature any kind of Linux support, and you also can’t play it on Steam Deck, so a Windows PC really is your only option if you want to play the game natively.
Using Parallels to play FIFA 23 on Mac
Despite this disappointing news, all is not lost. It is technically possible to play FIFA 23 on Mac using a Mac app called Parallels.
Sadly, Parallels isn’t free; you’ll need to pay for a licence if you want to continue using the app beyond its initial 14-day free trial period. However, given that the software is a very high-quality option for accessing Windows apps on Mac, you may deem it worth the money.
Parallels creates a virtual Windows machine on your Mac, allowing you to run programs that don’t feature any kind of native Mac compatibility. As such, you’re probably already figuring out why it’s useful for playing FIFA – or, indeed, any other kind of game that isn’t supported on Mac – on your Apple machine.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed Parallels, you should be running a virtual instance of Windows within your Mac, which will then allow you to play FIFA 23 as if you were playing it on a Windows machine.
If you’re using an older Mac, you can also use the Boot Camp app, which can be used on Mac machines with Intel processors. Newer Macs, however, come with Apple’s proprietary M line of chips, and so Boot Camp is not supported by these machines.
Parallels is by far the best way to play FIFA on Mac, no matter which version of the game you want to play. Windows is easily the most supported operating system when it comes to games, so it’s not just FIFA you can play with Parallels either!
Playing FIFA on Mac using cloud gaming
Another method for playing FIFA 23 on Mac devices involves cloud gaming.
Bear in mind that before you engage with cloud gaming, you’re going to need a stable internet connection, so if you find that your connection regularly drops out or dips in quality, then this option isn’t for you.
However, if you know that your internet connection is stable and fast, then cloud gaming could be a great way to play FIFA on Mac.
There are several cloud gaming services out there, and some, including Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, offer FIFA 23 as part of their lineup, so you can play them on Mac simply by accessing them through your browser.
Other cloud gaming services, such as Boosteroid, also allow you to play games that you’ve purchased via the cloud, so if you want to buy a permanent copy of FIFA 23 and then run it via cloud gaming, Boosteroid would be your best option.
Why isn’t FIFA available on Mac?
EA hasn’t technically disclosed a reason for not offering FIFA games on Mac, but we can speculate as to why the series isn’t being made widely available on Apple’s devices.
The simple reason is likely that there just aren’t enough Mac gamers out there who want to play FIFA on their devices to make it worth EA’s while to port the game to Mac systems.
While there is undoubtedly a small and vocal contingent of Mac gamers who may feel shortchanged by the lack of FIFA games on their computers, the fact is that the vast majority of PC gamers are Windows players, and so this is the most important operating system to support when it comes to games.
That’s not to say that FIFA will never be available on Mac. You can, of course, use the aforementioned methods to play the series on your Mac, and if the number of Mac gamers significantly increases in the coming years, then EA may make the decision to release FIFA on macOS once again.
For the time being, though, if you want to play FIFA games beyond FIFA 12 on your Mac, then you’re going to need to use one of the workarounds we’ve already discussed, or wait for the time when EA Sports FC (as it’s now called) gains native Mac support. We wouldn’t recommend that, though, as you might be waiting a long time.