Valorant is officially not supported on the Mac OS. However, while Riot Games has no plans to release a Mac-compatible version of Valorant, players can get around this problem using third-party apps. Mac is not designed for gaming, so their performance will not be high. However, if players still decide to give it a try, you can find the necessary recommendations in this article.
Players can only play Valorant on Mac if they install Windows on it.
Although there are many ways to run Windows on Mac, Valorant will only work if Windows is installed on the Mac OS using Boot Camp.
Requirements for Playing Valorant on Mac
Valorant is playable on the following versions of the MacBook:
- MacBook 2015 or later
- MacBook Air/Pro 2012 or later
- Mac mini 2012 or later
- iMac 2012 or later
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro 2013 or later
If your Macbook is on this list, then you can move on to install Windows 10 (installing version 10is recommended, as Valorant sometimes crashes when playing on Windows 11).
Installing Windows on the MacBook
Visit the official Windows download page.
- Click "Download Now" to download the Windows 10 ISO image.
To install and run Windows 10 correctly, you need at least 30 GB of free storage on a computer.
- Once Boot Camp starts, check the "Create Windows 10 Installation Disk" checkbox and click "Continue".
- After allocating the Windows storage space, click the "Install" button.
Then partition the hard drive and allocate the necessary storage for the Windows partition (about 150 GB).
When prompted, enter the devicepassword and click "OK".
The Mac will reboot and it will begin to install Windows. From there, all you have to do is follow the instructions.
- Aftersuccessfully downloading Windows 10, go to the official Valorant website and click "Play Free".
- Create an account, if you have one, log in, and then install Valorant.
- When the download is complete, run the installation file.
- Restart your computer when the process is complete.
- Launch Valorant.
Valorant Optimization for Mac
In any case, performance will not jump over 60 frames per second, but since LCDs do no darken between pixel changes, it should be about as smooth as 120 Hz on a CRT.
- Make sure full-screen mode is enabled.
- Check that Vsync is on, it will limit frames to 60 and also make frames more stable and reduce screen tearing.
- Reduce the resolution of the game to half-size.
- Disable OS X Features (Notification Center & Dashboard).
- Stop The Apps From Starting Automatically.
- Close All Applications & Menu Bar Apps.
- Change all game parameters from High to Low.