Video 1: Some game snippets of Age of Empires:

My trang chủ iMac

While I wish that Desktop could turn even a 5-year-old macbook Air into a super-charged gaming platform, the hardware you are running on sets the theoretical maximum for the cấp độ of performance you will be able to experience using Desktop.

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In my case, as you can see in Figure 1, my iMac is a 27-inch, Retina 5K 2020 iMac with a fast processor, lots of memory, và a good video clip card. In addition, it has a large SSD for storage. I got this iMac about 10 months ago, và it is the best Mac I have ever used. Even big resource-hungry apps launch quickly & run very well.

Figure 1_About my iMac Desktop for Mac

As you would expect, I use the latest version of Desktop, version 16.5, & I have nine virtual machines installed with operating systems ranging from Windows XP & MacOS Lion to Windows 10 Insider Preview và macOS Big Sur. (Figure 2.) Normally, I just run one VM at a time, but on occasion I will run three or more VMs simultaneously. There is nothing unusual or special about my Desktop preference settings.

Figure 2_My virtual machines

Windows 10 – my gaming VM

Typically, games take a lot of system resources, so I have changed the configuration details for my Windows 10 gaming VM. I usually run Windows 10 Insider Preview builds from the Developer Channel, & this VM is no exception:

Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview, Build 21370, with the Windows 10 Feature Experience Pack version 321.9601.0.3

I have the Xbox ứng dụng installed (along with required utilities like the Xbox trò chơi Bar và Gaming Services) as well as Microsoft Office for Windows & CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020, and about 60 other Windows apps.

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Age of Empires

Video 1 has snippets both from Age of Empires II & Age of Empires III.


Age of Empires II Definitive Edition (101.101.47820.0) with both the Enhanced Graphics Pack & the Lords of the West expansion pack.Age of Empires III Definitive Edition (100.12.24632.0) with the United States Civilization expansion pack.

I play both of these in the full screen in Windows, but I use the Window View mode in Desktop. I turn off some of the high-end graphics preferences lượt thích Fog Animation và Bloom. At first launch, I bởi see a warning that Age of Empires does not detect sufficient graphics memory, but I ignore this warning because I know that Desktop provides graphics memory lớn Windows apps in a manner that Age of Empires does not know about. Age of Empires also runs a quick processor and graphics benchmark test, and my system is rated “High” for both CPU and graphics.

Speaking of benchmarks, Age of Empires II does have an internal game benchmark, which runs for a few minutes with LOTS of players và LOTS of game action (Figure 3). The final score of this benchmark for my iMac is 1172.6.

Figure 3_The Age of Empires II benchmark test

Video 1 contains snippets of gameplay from some user-contributed custom scenarios, as well as scenarios I created just for this clip with the Scenario Editors in each game. (Figure 4)

Figure 4_The scenario editors in Age of Empires II và III

If you use Desktop lớn play some Windows 10 games, tell us in the comments which game và if you changed any specific settings for these games. Vì chưng you use the “Games only” configuration in Desktop for Mac?