How to play VTOL VR on Mac

Screenshot of VTOL VR

VTOL VR is a popular flight game developed by Boundless Dynamics, LLC. It was originally released for Windows on 3 Aug, 2017.

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

What is VTOL VR?

Here's a quick description:

VTOL VR is a near-futuristic combat flight game built for Virtual Reality. Pilot advanced multi-role jets, using your hands to flip switches, press buttons, and manipulate the virtual flight controls.

How to play VTOL VR 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 VTOL VR 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 VTOL VR 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 VTOL VR 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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Jan 20, 2021

Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. After graduating university and realizing that was unlikely to happen, I dreamed of the next best thing: a flight simulator so immersive I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. This is it! Sure, the graphics and realism aren't what you'd get from DCS and the like, but DCS is a completely different animal. Yet the level of detail is enough that you don't feel like you just dropped a quarter in an arcade machine. It's obvious it was designed from the ground up as a VR app, again, very different from DCS, where VR is an afterthought. I think that's why this game feels so much more immersive. No HOTAS, mouse or keyboard required. It's all done with your hands or voice right inside the cockpit.I've been sucked into this game basically playing every available hour since I got my VR headset (Quest 2) abbot a month ago. There's tons of extra free content on the steam works in terms of maps and missions, and the developer is very active so I feel like I'm going to be playing for quite some time longer. Covid winter, bring it on, I got my game!


Aug 4, 2020



July 13, 2020

Imagine if all these "VR supported" games had the simulated cockpit of VTOL. Life would be good.