I hope you agree with me when I say:
“VRChat sessions on a Mac is a great way to refresh your mind during work breaks.”
VRChat is a free-to-play virtual reality social platform where people interact with other people as 3D character models.VRChat is perfect for you if you want to have a good laugh and meet hilarious people because its community is one of the funniest and friendliest among any other social platforms.
You might wonder, is VRChat available for mac? Sadly, It is not available for mac, and there is no clue as to when will VRChat come to mac. There are many reasons for that and the first one is that Mac is not meant to be used for gaming.
Apple focuses more on software optimization rather than raw hardware power which makes its machines perfect for business use but when it comes to gaming, they lag far behind a decent Windows PC. This is the reason why Windows’ Games Library is far greater than a Mac.
As for VRChat, it is also only available on Windows and Oculus Quest. You could run VRChat on Mac using Nvidia’s GeForce Now or steam mac until the mid-2020s but these options are no longer available. This is because steam dropped support for VRChat on Mac. Nvidia also blocked access to VRChat using Geforce Now on Mac.
How to get VRChat on Mac?
The only way to run VRChat on Mac is to install windows. So, this will be our first step towards playing VRChat on mac.
There are two ways to install windows on a mac.
- Boot Camp
- Virtualization Software
Boot Camp is available in the operating systems of all Mac machines by default. You can find it easily by going to the Applications -> Utilities folder on your Mac. You will see the Boot Camp assistant there. What boot camp basically does is that it divides your hard drive and makes a separate partition solely devoted to windows.
You need at least 55GBs of Disk Space on your mac to install windows on it. If you do not like spending hours manually cleaning up disk space on your Mac, you can use CleanMyMacX to find junk and remove it from your startup disk. CleanMyMacX will do your hours’ worth of work within a few minutes. CleanmymacX cleans up to 75GBs of junk on average which is more than enough to smoothly install windows on a mac.
The next cautious measure you need to take is to make a backup of your important files and data in case of a data loss. This happens rarely on a mac but it is better to be cautious rather than sorry.
Now, to install windows, you need a Windows disk image first. You need to download the Windows 10 Disk image from Microsoft’s website. Once you’ve downloaded it, You have to run the Bootcamp assistant and it will take it from there. You just need to follow the instructions the Bootcamp asks you to and you will be good to go.
When Windows is installed on your Mac using this method, you will be asked which operating system you want to boot into upon rebooting your mac. Your Mac’s hardware resources will either be used for macOS or Windows which makes this method fairly suitable because you will be able to meet VRChat requirements this way.
Virtualization software is a third-party application that allows you to run windows on your mac. They run like a usual application on your mac and you can use your entire Windows operating system within a separate window.
We do not recommend this method for playing VRChat for Mac because virtualization programs are expensive. In addition to that, you need at least 8GBs of RAM on your Mac to run a virtualization app smoothly. And you have to satisfy VRChat requirements too and it will not be possible without an eGPU.
Now that, we are done with step number one and you have Windows up and running on your Mac. Now comes step 2 which is to install steam.
To install Steam, Just follow these simple steps:
- Go to your web browser.
- Download steam from their official website and install it.
- Sign up if you are a new user or login if you already have a steam account.
The third and final step towards getting VRChat for Mac is to simply download it from steam.
- Go to the steam store.
- Search for VRChat and simply install it.
Do you need a VR headset to play VRChat? No! You can play in desktop mode. You just need to click play on VRChat in Steam and you will be given two options. Or if you are looking to buy a VR box, here is a complete buying guide for the best VR boxes in 2021.
- Virtual Reality
- Desktop Play
Click on desktop play and you can play VRChat simply by using your mouse and keyboard. If you are having any kind of trouble starting or joining a VRChat world, here is a video tutorial on how to get started with VRChat. If you are looking for some other games like Sword Art Onlline on VR, here is a guide on how to do that.
So, go install VRChat on your Mac and start making new friends! And remember, we always got your back! Happy Gaming!