How to play Monster Hunter World: Iceborne on Mac

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is a popular action game developed by CAPCOM Co., Ltd.. It was originally released for Windows on 9 Jan, 2020.

You still can't play Monster Hunter World: Iceborne on Mac because a native Mac version was never released, but you can play Monster Hunter World: Iceborne on Windows running inside Mac. Here's how.

How to play Monster Hunter World: Iceborne 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 Monster Hunter World: Iceborne 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 Monster Hunter World: Iceborne 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 Monster Hunter World: Iceborne 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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flytothemoon

Jan 20, 2021

most negative reviews are from the dlc launch just sayin

sweetc

Aug 4, 2020

so before i get into this, i haven't personally experienced any performance problems with either base world or iceborne, but plenty of people have so keep that in mind when purchasing - i know a friend who's in game framerate has gotten consistently worse since getting the expansion so its absolutely still a thing even as of the last updatesin any case, going off my experience alone, i wholeheartedly recommend iceborne if you liked world and would like more monster hunter, not only does it bring a number of all new monsters & revamps of old ones alongside its main new map, it also offers a lot of more subtle benefits to the experience, most evidently in its hubsastera is large and its utilities are spread out making navigating it cumbersome, while seliana massively condenses its features which makes single player much more convenient, but far more notable is the gathering hub which in the base game was atrociously lacking and meant players had to hop between the hub and astera regularly, meanwhile the iceborne gathering hub not only has more social features, it also grants access to basically every relevant utility from within the hub itself which lets you more readily stay together with other peoples while actually playing in a groupthe end-game for iceborne is also much more expansive than in regular world, while a lot of post-game updates have been criticized for the increasing difficulty of subsequent final bosses, the main driving part of the end game is the guiding lands: a mixed zone map that regularly refreshes monsters and mixes together nearly all the available species in the game in one area meaning you can just hang out there and hunt whatever turns up, which is genuinely a lot of funmost other stuff is just neat things, improved weapon movesets, two player multiplayer scaling, the ability to wear any armour set as purely costume gear, a view mode for taking better screenshots, etcmy only unique criticism of iceborne is the clutch claw mechanic which i will be glad to see gone in rise, it interrupts the flow of the game's combat and you're basically reliant on it to deal good damage in master rank which is frustrating, otherwise though my criticism a largely things that remain unfixed from the base game such as having to watch cutscenes in single player before playing quests in a group, or how completely dull and uninteresting the story is (which certainly exasperates being forced to watch it play out)to conclude though, if you liked monster hunter world, you will probably like iceborne, though i would suggest grabbing it on sale rather than at full price

_Mitch_

July 13, 2020

small man beat big monster but ice