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Do you support a Mac OS X client in Star Wars the Old Republic?

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Do you support a Mac OS X client in Star Wars the Old Republic?

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Gharith
11.30.2014 , 09:21 AM | #861
Here is my belief. Currently, Windows is an all around stable platform ahead of Mac because of its presence in the business world and gaming world. Mac has its place because of the simplicity of upgrading operating systems and ease of use. If you play a lot of games, you should consider getting a Windows desktop, that can at least make 30 FPS in your favorite games. If you own a Windows desktop, you should consider getting a mac for everything besides gaming. My point is having both is what will provide you the best experience because they both have things they are good at. And if money is an issue then a 2012 Mac Mini may be the way to go, and you can get a $500 windows desktop that can run SWTOR on at least 30 FPS high graphics settings. I do support a Mac client only because I feel it is a smart move for BioWare because I won't deny many people buy Macs with an expectation of a great gaming experience.

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krisknife
11.30.2014 , 02:51 PM | #862
Quote: Originally Posted by DarthTHC View Post
The impact it would have is a lot of developer hours burned to produce ZERO new content and features, and all to support a platform that's already workable if the player wants to make it work.

Stated more exactly, burning a ton of developer hours for a net zero benefit is not good for the game.
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quite a few ways to run swtor on a mac already why waste , time , money or effort. Same could be said for linux/Unix , much larger base than mac users, but still plenty of ways to play. Whoever buys macs for gaming knows very little about computers in general, sowe are not going to be able to reason this one away xD, having more than one OS supported in client doubles the work into any update, patch or fix, it's bad for all of us and only good for a very tiny few

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corosu
01.05.2017 , 09:34 PM | #863
I doubt it would burn developer hours as there seem to be a team in EA/BioWare porting games over both SW: Knights of the Old Republic games have made the move this last year. It also seem that the other major developer houses (ie NCsoft, Blizzard, Trion) are providing Mac client as part of the PC platform. It make sense as you are able to generate more revenue. I think that while there will still be a Windows Vs Mac debate the days of developers only supporting one or the other are starting to disappear.

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Khaleg
01.05.2017 , 11:32 PM | #864
I never support anything from or for a company solely living (and living well with obscene profit margins thanks to stupid customers) from clueless and superficial morons like Apple. Not in this life. 😊
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Rabenschwinge
01.06.2017 , 02:23 AM | #865
Quote: Originally Posted by NasherUK View Post
Not sure there is enough demand. Plus they would have to re-write the game engine in OpenGL which isn't likely to happen for a long time.
Not if you run the game in a wrapper. A full rewrite of an engine is not going to happen, however, there are third party companies who can make the game work on a Mac and provide the support.

I don't have a Mac anymore, but I used to have an iMac back when SW:TOR was released. By my experience in other games... it was possible to run Warhammer Online under Mac OS X in a Cider Wrapper, it didn't perform as well as under Windows 7, but it did work. On a resolution of 2560x1440 which was way above the norm back then. By now computers have vastly improved, no one would use a stone age Mac like I had back then anymore. It should be possible to run SW:TOR in a Cider wrapper with decent performance. You won't be able to use max settings, but good settings.

I am puzzled why EA decided against it (I suppose that wasn't a Bioware decision), just hand the game to a third party company that does the magic and maintains it on a Mac. It won't be glorious in terms of revenue, but I am certain they'd earn more than they pay.

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Parane
01.06.2017 , 09:02 AM | #866
I use Boot camp on my machine. Problem solved.
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Ejied
01.06.2017 , 12:47 PM | #867
I run SWTOR on my MacBook Pro in Bootcamp (Windows 10). But i'd LOVE a native client..

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jedip_enguin
01.06.2017 , 03:18 PM | #868
I think they have way more important things to do than worry about developing a native client for an audience who (if they actually want to play the game) are already playing on bootcamp.

Would a native Mac client uncover some huge untapped market for the game? No, all it would achieve is making life a little easier for the existing bootcamp using Mac playerbase., so there is no ROI for the money and time spent developing and supporting two distinct code bases for a game already faltering in popularity on the platform it was built. for.

TL : DR - No.
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corosu
02.03.2017 , 07:55 PM | #869
Interesting to note the Hero engine is used in ESO and it support Mac fine. So it might just need to be upgraded to the newest version of the engine thus saving developer hours from having to switch to another game engine.

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jedip_enguin
02.03.2017 , 08:59 PM | #870
Quote: Originally Posted by corosu View Post
Interesting to note the Hero engine is used in ESO and it support Mac fine. So it might just need to be upgraded to the newest version of the engine thus saving developer hours from having to switch to another game engine.
SWTOR used an early beta version of the hero engine that they then basically rewrote/hacked to bits.

You cant 'upgrade' it, it is a completely discrete piece of software now.

(Same is true of ESO afaik, but they prototyped the game in HeroEngine then re-wrote it for the release client)
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