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Older Scrolls Online for Mac gets Metal support thanks to Vulkan



During this year's WWDC conference, Apple surprised the technical community by abolishing OpenGL.

Developers and informed enthusiasts saw the news as something good for MacOS. After all, OpenGL is in such a sorry state, it's time MacOS moves on to something better.

But Apple Hates enjoy the idea that Mac games were as good as dead. Clearly, no developer would ever use Metal to bring their games to such a "small" platform. When confronted with the fact that Vukan games can be sent to MacOS using MetalVK, they rejected it as well. No developer will never waste time with it. Right?

 Older Scrolls Online Meta Vulkanl

Developer ZeniMax Online showed today that older Scrolls Online for Mac will receive metal support using Vulkan and MoltenVK. [19659007] Expect even better performance and graphics

Skyrim may be the game Mac users have requested most over the years. It seemed like all hopes of getting an older Scrolls game on Mac were lost. But then Elder Scrolls Online happened. It was the first game in the series to support multiplayer and MacOS.

We considered the game a few months ago and found that it was a surprisingly good Mac port. There were some errors here and there, but the performance was acceptable on all of our test machines, including older MacBook Pros and Mac Minis.

 Elder Scrolls Online Results

Elder Scrolls Online Results Scrolls Online is already an excellent game and we are pleased to hear ZeniMax plans to make it even better on Mac . According to their recently updated FAQ:

We have switched Mac OpenGL's rendering to MoltenVK (Metal) to support the upcoming release of the upcoming MacOS Mojave. To support these changes, we update the minimum specifications for all Mac players in update 20.

These changes will be part of Update 20, expected early November, and will also result in slightly higher system requirements:

  • Model: 27-inch iMac and newer
  • Hard disk space: 85GB of available HDD space

Given how Valve achieved a 50% performance improvement on Dota 2 for Mac using Vulkan, we have high expectations for this update. As soon as the update is out, we will test the game and share the results with you.

Should we call this an exception or the beginning of a new trend? What do you think?


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