I'm trying to recruit a friend to play Tera but he has a Mac. Before he buys the game we'd like to get a little feedback from a Mac user.
I really know nothing about Macs so pardon me if I sound like I don't know what I'm talking about---because I don't. Are you able to play Tera without any problems on a Mac? If so, what program(s) do you have touse to do so? Anything else you suggest to ensure a smooth gaming experience?
TERA cannot run in Mac OS X. So, your friend must obtain a copy of Windows and then run it through one of two ways:
- Virtualization (windows runs "within" Mac OS X) via Parallels Desktop, VMWare Fusion, or similar
- Bootcamp, to dual boot Mac OS X / Windows. You'd have to reboot and go into Mac OS X / Windows each time you wanted to switch.
Using Bootcamp is going to give you much better performance simply because you're not virtualizing through Mac OS X.
You will need to install windows on that machine to play.
â€¢ OS: Windows XP (32 bit only), Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (latest service pack)
â€¢ CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or Intel Core2 Duo E6750 2.66G
â€¢ RAM: 2 GB or greater
â€¢ GPU: AMD Radeon HD 3870 or Geforce 8800GT
â€¢ HDD: 50 GB of hard drive space (25 GB to download, 25 GB to unpack)
â€¢ DirectX: DirectX 9.0c
â€¢ Optical Drive: DVD-ROM Drive
â€¢ Internet Connection
Thanks! I'll pass that information along.
Doing anything on a Mac (besides showing it off to people) requires Windows.
Tera runs on the least powerful of modern Macs (Macbook Air 2010 11 inch) in default settings 2 which is lower than average settings but actually does look fine. You kind of have to play on low populated servers, turn off shadows in some areas, and in instances you sometimes have to put everything on 0 settings whIch does look dreadful, no I can't really explain it either, as running with a 5 man party out in the open usually works on settings 2. Bad resource management in instances, I assume.
So yes, any modern Mac SHOULD run Tera (I really cannot speak for those with built in Intel graphics mind, those with Core i5 and above do not have Geforce graphics) and a lot of older ones which match or exceed MBA spec. The game's benchmark will tell you the Core 2 Duo in many Macs is insufficient. This is a lie, I think it just does not recognise the processor. Look up the processor in some kind of benchmark scoring site vs. the lowest spec processors Tera recommends. Mine had a score almost double the score for the lowest recommended processors.
Yes you do need Windows and if you're on a laptop Mac you'll be a lot more constricted due to the sheer HD space required. Make sure your partition is big enough or you'll find yourself reinstalling.
I gave it 70 gigs, luckily my MBA is maxxed out with 128 gig SSD and I play no other games. First time round I gave the partion like 50 gigs which was not enough and I had to completely redo it.
I bought my iMac in late 2007, and it runs Tera just fine in Bootcamp. My videocard is above the required settings, but not quite the recommended, but I have had very little problems at all with the game. I don't have the setting very high, but they're not in the basement either. The game still looks beautiful and runs well.
Using Bootcamp, I can run Tera on my MacPro 1,1 (2 X 2.66 GHZ Intel Xeon, manufactured in 2007) with 7 GB of RAM and an ATI Radeon 4870 graphics card with 512 MB video RAM. I am using Windows XP. I have the settings at mid range or lower but keep shadows turned off.
The game runs okay with just my character, but in groups there are times of screen lag and even brief periods of screen freeze.
I would imagine that more recent Macs would run the game pretty well.