How to Enable and Use Game Mode in macOS Sonoma

With macOS Sonoma, Apple has introduced an array of novel features to enhance the experience of using Mac. One of the thrilling features is Game Mode, which is aimed to improve your gaming performance on your Mac. In this guide, we’ll let you know the game on macOS Sonoma and how it enhances your gaming experience on Apple Silicon Mac, Supported Gaming Controllers, and selected Games. So, without any further ado, let’s get started. 

Game Mode on Mac: A Complate Guide

Before proceeding, ensure that your Mac supports Game mode, and if yes check if your Mac is updated to the latest macOS.

What will Mac support Sonoma?

Before deeply diving into the macOS Sonoma and Game Mode, ensuring your Mac computer is aligned with the compatibility criteria is crucial. For this, you read our article macOS Sonoma compatibility list. If your Mac is mentioned in the compatibility list, read our article on how to install macOS Sonoma on Mac.

What is Game Mode on Mac, and what does it do for me as a gamer

Mac computers had never been considered for gaming. But with the advent of Apple Silicon, the Mac computer has transformed completely into a gaming console. With macOS Sonoma, Apple has launched a new feature known as Gaming Mode, which focuses on Gaming as a top priority – ensuring a smoother and more consistent gaming experience. 

The new Gaming mode aims to enhance the frame rates by suspending features and boosting others. The best part is the Gaming mode significantly neglects audio and input latency over Bluetooth because every millisecond matters when playing high-octane action games. Moreover, when the Game mode is turned on, the operating system enhances the performance of the GPU and CPU and ensures other background tasks don’t acquire precious CPU cycles.

How to enable and disable Game Mode on Mac?

Game Mode on Mac
Game Mode on Mac

Game mode on macOS Sonoma is designed to be enabled automatically. When you start the game, Game Mode will be activated, and a notification will appear on the top right corner of your screen, indicating the feature is turned on.

However, if you prefer turning on the Game Mode manually, you can do so by selecting the Game Controller icon in the menu bar and then clicking Turn Game Mode Off or On.

Turn off Game mode on Mac
Turn off Game mode on Mac

How to Test Game Mode in macOS Sonoma?

To make try of Game Mode on your Mac, you must have your device updated to the macOS Sonoma Beta version. But before you install the new version, ensure to back up all your important stuff somewhere so you don’t lose anything. For this, you can read our article on how to back up all data from Mac. 

Once you’ve created the backup of your data, you can read our article on how to install macOS Sonoma Beta version on your Mac.

New premium gaming ported to a Mac

The best part is that with macOS Sonoma, Apple has ported some new games to a Mac. Here are some of them or coming to a Mac.

  • Death Stranding Director’s Cut
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Dragonheir: Silent Gods
  • Firmament
  • Humankind
  • Layers of Fear
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Fort Solis
  • Resident Evil Village: Winters’ Expansion
  • ShowRunner
  • Stray
  • The Medium
  • World of Warcraft: Dragonflight

How could macOS Sonoma bring gaming to Mac?

Alongside the Gaming mode enhancement and optimization, Apple has launched a new tool called as Game Porting toolkit. To take advantage of the outstanding graphic experience performance of the Apple Silicone in Mac computers, Apple has launched the port to help developers launch their games on macOS Sonoma. 

Besides this, the newly launched tool lets the developer eliminate “months of upfront work” and see how the game really works on the Mac. 

In addition, it also simplifies the complete procedure for converting game shaders and graphics code to make the best of the Apple Silicone and drastically reduces the complete development cycle. 

Moreover, with the help of this tool, developers can test their game, save a hefty time, and check the gaming performance. This tool also lets developers translate and convert components and elements, eventually decreasing the span of port Game over macOS.

How does Gaming toolkit work?

The Game Porting toolkit is designed to let the developers run DirectX 12 Windows-optimized games on macOS without hindering any settings. It’s a layer that enables the game to use a game engine and different software to take full advantage of Apple Silicone.

The Gaming toolkit has a Metal Shader Converter that converts existing HLSL GPU shader to metal. In simple terms, the toolkit firmly converts programming language into a language that is understandable by Apple Silicone.

By all means, developers can choose to optimize their game before launching Mac, and the toolkit is aimed to be used as well. That’s because the toolkit is aimed to decrease the development and porting process. 

Final Thought!

I hope so, this article helps you to understand what the Game Mode is and how you can test it on your Mac. If this article really helped you, share as much as you can.

However, if you want to enhance your gaming experience, you can read our article on Best Gaming Accessories for Mac you can buy. 

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