This weekend I got sick of dealing with Wineskin/Playonmac/Crossover to (badly) run Windows programs (read: games) in “virtual” Windows wrappers, so I bit the bullet and bought a copy of Windows (luckily I work for a University so I could get the $70 discounted Student version, otherwise I wouldn’t have bothered).
As expected, my dedicated Windows games definitely work much, much better in Windows that my crappily self-ported Mac versions, but I was wondering:
I have a program that’s been professionally ported to Mac, e.g. Tomb Raider 2013 (the Steam Play version). Despite the fact that every time I launch the game it tells me that my computer does not meet the minimum requirements, it runs just fine (i.e. playable) on my computer on “medium” settings. I’m getting an average FPS of 20.1, min 12.8 max 24.9, which is not great, but it’s still smooth and not choppy at all.
Probably a dumb question, but will I get better performance under Windows, or will it not make any significant difference because the hardware is still the same?
On a side note, as someone who’s had only Macs for at least a decade now, I am surprisingly enjoying Windows 8.1, once I figured out how to install it without already having Windows (it wouldn’t even let me download the ISO, but eventually I figured out a workaround). It’s like having a whole other computer! There are certain quirks about Windows that will take some getting used to, but I’m enjoying using it so far.