It's now even easier to play PC games on Mac with this Apple Game Porting Toolkit installer

MacBook Pro with PlayStation 5 controller
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Playing PC games on a Mac just got a whole lot easier for people who didn't want to follow the somewhat cumbersome route of installing Apple's Game Porting Toolkit.

The Apple toolkit is designed to give developers a way to run their Windows games on a Mac via emulation in an attempt to see how well they might perform before putting the work into creating a proper Mac port. It's was big part of Apple's macOS 14 Sonoma showcase at WWDC 2023. But installation isn't straightforward. That's now changed thanks to an installer released on GitHub.

What's more, that installer now also makes it easier for gamers to take the Game Porting Toolkit for a spin themselves with the people behind it making a special ready-to-install version available.

Game on

The new installer is available for download for free and is meant to highlight the InstallAware Multi Platform automation system. The project's description notes that "this public repository showcases using the brand-new InstallAware Multi Platform to completely automate the installation of Apple's new Game Porting Toolkit, making the process as simple as point-and-click - even for non-developers!"

It goes further, too. Gamers who aren't developers can "download a ready-to-run app built from this sample [that's been] notarized by Apple." That download is available for free.

The GitHub project notes that the app will work on Intel and Apple silicon Macs and doesn't require an Apple developer account, nor will the Game Porting Toolkit be needed. Those who are developers can have the installer perform extra steps to use Apple's latest technology.

This of course isn't what the Game Porting Toolkit was designed for but it's increasingly becoming what people are actually using it for. We've already seen it used to make Diablo 4 run on a Mac, for example. The much-maligned Cyberpunk 2077 has also had the same treatment as well.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.