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Have you recently bought a VR headset because you wanted to explore the countless worlds of VRChat, but later found out there’s no official release for macOS?
No need to worry since the answer to the question: “Can you play VRChat on Mac?” is yes. The only thing you have to do is run Windows on your Mac device.
Let us tell you how to do it regardless of your Mac model!
Released in 2014 as a Windows application for Oculus headsets, VRChat has become the biggest social hub in the VR gaming sphere. After all, the platform allows gamers to create and visit each other’s 3D worlds with user-generated avatars.
As of March 2023, users can explore and make friends in over 25,000 community-created worlds, and they all allow you to be whoever you want to be!
You don’t even need to hook up a VR headset to check out a world since VRChat comes with a ‘Desktop Mode’ that allows you to use your mouse, keyboard, and monitor to control your avatar, just like in any other first-person game.
Since there’s no VRChat client for macOS, there are no official requirements for Mac computers. That said, if you intend to use specific workarounds to get the game functional on your macOS device, you still have to fulfill these prerequisites:
Note that while Intel-based Mac computers can easily be upgraded with an external graphics card (eGPU), M-series chips and Parallels are yet to support them.
In any case, VRChat runs better via Boot Camp since you effectively use one operating system per partition. On the other hand, Parallels, as its name implies, runs both macOS and Windows simultaneously, which utilizes more system resources.
That said, M1 and M2 chips are much more powerful than their Intel counterparts, so they may be able to handle the VR workload, albeit at a performance loss.
Let’s cover the better option first: running VRChat on an Intel-based Mac, which allows you to not only boot up into Windows but employ an eGPU as well.
However, before proceeding with this process, back up your essential files in case anything goes wrong, install the latest macOS update, ensure you have sufficient free storage (at least 64 GB), and have a keyboard and mouse handy.
Once you do all of the above, follow these steps to install Windows via Boot Camp:
Once you are done getting Windows 10 up and running, it’s time to install VRChat. The best way to get it is via the Steam app, as it includes only a few steps:
Note: No need to plug in your VR set for VRChat, as you can test whether everything works by running ‘Desktop Mode’ and playing with your standard peripherals.
If you have a Mac with an M-series chip (Apple silicon), you need to use Parallels Desktop for Mac since Boot Camp only works with Intel-based machines. That said, you can get your Windows 11 virtual machine working smoothly in no time at all:
Congratulations! Now you have Windows 11 running alongside macOS, and you should update it before installing Steam and VRChat, as outlined above.
Now that you know you can easily play VRChat on macOS, there’s no need to spend more money for a separate Windows device to install it. All you need to do is get Windows 10 or 11 up and running on your Mac via Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop. Then, it’s business as usual—install VRChat, log into a world, and have all the fun you can handle.
Yes, you can use a VR headset on your Mac, but the number of supported devices is limited.
Yes, you can, as long as you install Windows on your Mac machine.
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