Macintosh, or simply Mac, is a line of personal computers built and sold by Apple Inc.. All Macs from 1998 to the present run a Unix-based operating system known as macOS (previously OS X). They can also be set up to run Windows via Boot Camp or by virtualization, and by extension, Windows games.
From 2006 to 2020, Macs were virtually identical in many ways to Windows machines, as they used many of the same types of internal components. What sets Macs apart from Windows machines is their design strategy, which is centered on usability. However, the nature of programming for a Mac is in some ways more complex than for a Windows unit. Macs also account for around ten percent of the computer market per industry sources, so there are fewer games overall on Macs than on Windows units.
According to a forum post dated July 2015, Square Enix programmers had significant challenges getting Final Fantasy XIV to run with acceptable performance on a Mac, leading the company to withdraw its port of the game for Macs until a third party could be brought in to refine it. That process has since been completed, but due to concerns over thermal overload, Square Enix does not recommend running the game on notebooks.
Final Fantasy titles for Mac
- Final Fantasy XIV, with the following expansions:
- Final Fantasy XIV received a compatibility update in mid-February 2021 with support for macOS Big Sur (11.xx).
- Square Enix has not provided indication of support for Macs introduced in 2020 or later based on Apple M-series ARM processors. Preliminary user reports via Reddit have no indication of issues running Final Fantasy XIV under Rosetta 2.
- Macintosh on Wikipedia