Khronos Group has just unleashed MoltenVK, a new implementation of Vulkan for Apple’s Metal graphics framework, allowing developers to build Vulkan-powered games and apps for Mac computers (and also iOS devices) – with major potential benefits in terms of faster frame rates.MoltenVK is essentially a layer that sits on top of Metal, effectively translating and allowing Vulkan games to work seamlessly with Apple’s graphics framework. At the very least, it will do so with very little overheads – and not much difference in overall functionality from running straight Vulkan (although not every feature of the latter will be carried across).In case you’ve forgotten, Vulkan was introduced three years back by the Khronos Group as a cross-platform and low-overhead API (application programming interface). For Macs, it potentially represents a much slicker way of operating than the OpenGL drivers on macOS – which are clunky and outdated.Thrash MetalAs Ars … [Read more...] about Mac games will see a big boost from new Vulkan graphics support
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Many of us have spent recent weeks giving and receiving holiday gifts, but if you love Mac games, now you can give yourself some pretty amazing gifts on the cheap. That’s because the annual Steam Winter Sale is in full swing, and the digital gaming destination has hundreds and hundreds of Mac games available at deep discounts. We’ve scoured the listings and picked 12 of the absolute best deals, which you’ll find detailed in the slides ahead. Some of these are big, new games at dramatically lower prices, including titles released within the last few weeks. Others, meanwhile, are older gems that are just a few bucks apiece or less right now, making it easy to fill up your library with gaming goodness for the new year ahead. In any case, these are all great games at even better prices, and if you see something you like, jump on it now: the Steam Winter Sale only lasts until January 4. Read on for our recommendations. … [Read more...] about The 12 best Mac game deals in the Steam Winter Sale 2017
Well, Apple’s big event just wrapped, and there were some exciting announcements – new iPhones, iWatches, and even a performance by Sia. No word on new Macs, but we did get a bit of a consolation prize. A release date for macOS Sierra.Current Mac owners will be able to upgrade to macOS Sierra on September 20, for free – provided your Mac isn’t too old. Apple won’t be rolling out support for Macs older than 2010. So that’s something for you Mac owners.Apple did not discuss or even mention any updates coming for the Mac, Macbook, or Macbook Pro, which is becoming a bit of a problem.Apple’s flagship computers will, for now, continue to languish while other manufacturers roll out powerful, stylish, and affordable computers in direct competition with the Mac and MacBook lines. Apple’s got a unique design sensibility, and they’re the only game in time when it comes to macOS, but some Mac lines have gone over a year since they’ve … [Read more...] about Nope, no new Macs! But macOS Sierra is coming out this month
After raking in the first million within 24 hours of the announcement of the project on Kickstarter, game developer Double Fine and Tim Schafer have just closed out the funding round on the crowd-sourced fundraising tool and collected exactly $3,336,371 over a 35-day period. The original goal for funding the production of the entire game was only $400,000, but the increased amount of money will allow Double Fine to release the game on more platforms as well as many languages. Originally headed to the PC, the extra money will support Mac, Linux, iOS and Android versions of the game. In addition, Double Fine announced that the game will be offered in a DRM-free version and extra language translations will include French, German, Italian and Spanish.As the campaign progressed over the 35 days, Double Fine added new rewards such as a hardcover Double Fine Adventure Book that includes “100+ full color pages of concept art, original photos, … [Read more...] about Double Fine raises over $3 million on Kickstarter for new adventure game
When Apple unveiled its re-imagined Mac Pro at WWDC this month, Apple VP Phil Schiller couldn’t resist muttering “Can’t innovate any more, my ass!” to cheers from the WWDC faithful. And there’s no doubt the new Mac Pro – due to ship sometime later this year at yet-to-be-determined prices – represents a fundamental re-thinking of powerhouse computers. The new Mac Pro will be a sleek (and tiny!) black cylinder, featuring a single top-mounted fan, serious computing horsepower, graphics that can handle three 4K displays (that’s over 24 million pixels!), wicked fast storage, and high-speed connectivity unlike anything else on the market.Apple’s new Mac Pro will scream. But the Mac Pro isn’t aimed at everyday computer users. It’s aimed at professionals, the people who make movies, craft images the size of billboards, produce albums, create massively complex 3D models, design buildings, and (literally) do rocket science. How is … [Read more...] about The new Mac Pro changes the game for creative pros – will they keep playing with it?
Really, what did Flappy Birds start? Several weeks after the game was pulled from various app stores for being too darn popular and apparently ruining the life of its harassed creator, endless imitations are continuing to flood the iTunes app store, with a Guardian report this week claiming that of the 300 new games that landed in the online store Thursday, 95 were Flappy Bird-inspired. Yes, that’s almost a third.Earlier this month, as the whole world seemed to be going Flappy Bird crazy, it appeared that Apple’s app store team had decided to start rejecting Flappy Bird-like games, with some developers saying their copycat efforts had been blocked for their “attempts to leverage a popular app.” But with 95 similar games landing in the store in the space of just a single day, it seems like Apple’s app checkers have buckled in the face of endless submissions of Flappy Bird rip-offs.Floppy Spongy, Flappy Monsters, Flying Rainbow Cat….Names of the clones … [Read more...] about Flappy Bird phenomenon: Clones make up a third of new iOS games
WWDC is only a few days away (June 10), and though all the talk has been focused on MacBooks (both Air and Pro), OS X, and iOS 7, another product may make an appearance at the annual conference as well. According to MacRumors, a “video professional” named Andrew Baird says he spoke with Mac Pro product manager Douglas Brooks after sending an email to Tim Cook about the lack of a “recent professional desktop.” In the phone call, though Brooks didn’t divulge information regarding the price, specifications, or design of the proposed tower, he did reveal that it would be released later this year and that it will be “worth the wait.”Apple’s tablets, phones, and MacBooks have dominated the consumer tech space for a while now, but at Monday’s WWDC, it’ll be a year to the day since we’ve seen a new tower computer from Apple. During the call, Brooks asked Baird what he’d like to see in the new Mac Pro. … [Read more...] about Apple rumored to be revealing ‘something really different’ for its new Mac Pro
The newest strain of malware aimed at the Mac OS X platform doesn't require a user password to install and spread, according to a warning from security company Intego.Like a similar scam that arose weeks ago, this new version of malware promises visitors of certain websites a free security scan. Unlike the older version, however, the new Mac malady installs itself without requiring the user to input an administrative password.The infection emerged just hours after Apple acknowledged a different "rogueware" application infiltrating its platform. Labeled "MacDefender," the security scam attempts to trick users into thinking their computers are full of viruses and bugs.Once installed, the malware taunts users with pop-ups and messages, luring them into paying for the "security" service."It instructs users they are required to purchase the product in order to remove the malware, which is a fraud. MacDefender steals the money victims pay to purchase this fake product and hands over their … [Read more...] about New Mac Malware: Passwords? We Don’t Need No Stinking Passwords!
Valve, one of the largest distributors of online games, has announced that it will make its Steam online gaming service and proprietary gaming engine, Source, available on the Mac.The service, Steamworks for the Mac, comes equipped with Steam Play, a feature that allows play on either a PC or Mac at no additional charge. It also supports Steamworks APIs. The inclusion of WebKit into Steam and of OpenGL into Source gives the company a lot of flexibility, according to John Cook, director of Steam Development.The games will be made available on the Mac platform as native apps. As Valve releases new games, it will simultaneously offer versions for Windows, Mac and Xbox 360.Steam and Valve's library of games -- a group that includes "Left 4 Dead 2," "Team Fortress 2," "Counter-Strike," "Portal," and the "Half-Life" series -- will be available for the Mac next month. The first Mac Steam client will be the new generation currently in beta testing on Windows. The first game out of the gate … [Read more...] about Valve Opens Pipeline for Mac Gaming
Game developers are slowly warming to the idea of producing more games for the Mac platform. Presently, it's possible to find a handful of famous titles from top-tier game makers. However, if you're looking for intense, graphics-heavy games -- the type of games best played on top-of-the-line machines -- you're mostly out of luck.Gaming's slower growth on the Mac platform has been largely a matter of market share, as was discussed in Part 1 of this series. However, will more users be enough to make the Mac a true gaming platform? Or are Apple computers just not built for power-hungry, mod-happy hardcore gamers?At the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco last June, Electronic Arts (EA) and Apple announced that the game maker would release titles like "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Need for Speed: Carbon," "Battlefield 2142," "Madden NFL '08" and "Tiger Woods PGA Tour '08" for the Mac. It was widely seen as an endorsement of the Mac as a gaming platform.Six … [Read more...] about The Mac Gaming Renaissance, Part 2