How to play BeamNG.drive on Mac

Screenshot of BeamNG.drive

BeamNG.drive is a popular simulation game developed by BeamNG. It was originally released for Windows on 29 May, 2015.

You still can't play BeamNG.drive on Mac because a native Mac version was never released, but you can play BeamNG.drive on Windows running inside Mac. Here's how.

What is BeamNG.drive?

Here's a quick description:

A dynamic soft-body physics vehicle simulator capable of doing just about anything.

How to play BeamNG.drive using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy BeamNG.drive game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play BeamNG.drive using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play BeamNG.drive not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!

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3 comments on this post

flytothemoon

Jan 20, 2021

This game is amazing! It has left me entertained for hours upon hours on end. I highly recommend this game for anyone who is into realistic driving and realistic crashes.

sweetc

Aug 4, 2020

Drove into a wall

_Mitch_

July 13, 2020

Gameplay-☑ Very good☐ Good☐ Nothing special☐ Okay☐ BadGraphics-☐ Masterpiece☐ Beautiful☑ Good☐ Will do☐ Bad☐ AwfulAudio☐ Amazing☑ Very good☐ Good☐ Decent☐ Not too bad☐ BadAudience☑ Kids☑ Teens☑ Adults☑ EveryoneStory-☐ Lovely☐ Good☐ Average☐ Not great☑ NoneDifficult-☐ Just press a bunch of buttons☑ Easy☐ Significant brain usage☐ Easy to learn / Hard to master☐ Not so easy☐ Difficult☐ Dark SoulsGrind-☑ Nothing☐ Only if you care about leaderboards/ranks☐ Isnt necessary to progress☐ A bit grindy sometimes☐ Average grind level☐ Too much grind☐ InsanityGame Time-☐ Short☐ Average☐ Long☐ Depends on you☑ EndlessPrice☑ Just buy it☐ Worth the price☐ Wait for sale☐ Maybe if you have some spare money left☐ Not recommended10/10