Own a Mac and feel you have been missing out on a lot of emulation stuff? Well, you can cross one of your worries out, thanks to Ryujinx, the Switch emulation software. Ryujinz dev team have made available Ryujinx for macOS. Yes, now, you can emulate Nintendo Switch on Mac systems.
This was a task that would have been deemed impossible a few months ago. But, thanks to the awesome devs, you can now use Ryujinx on macOS 11 and later. Well, you are now probably wondering about the performance. How good is it? Are many titles playable, what about the FPS? Before we dig deeper, I would like to tell you that, this is just the beginning. And, we should be glad and grateful to the Ryujinx team for the effort to finally port Ryujinx for macOS. Games are quite playable with good FPS. But, in the future, we will definitely see some major improvements.
By the way, back in April, we also saw RPCS3 being released for mac. Seems like there’s a lot of interest in mac right now.
I am not going to blabber anymore. Here is the video showing Ryujinx for macOS in action.
Ryujinx on macOS: Video
This detailed video showing the emulator working on mac was uploaded by the YouTuber, Andrew Tsai. So, all thanks to him.
Ryujinx: Mac M1 vs Mac M1 Max
Emulation is kind of a funny game, at times. We sometimes see that an upgrade in specs doesn’t necessarily translate to higher FPS on emulation. But, that’s not the case here. Andrew in his video, talks about this. In his testing, he found that the FPS almost doubled on his M1 Max (30-40 FPS) when compared to the M1 (15 FPS).
He also says that, at times, the lower FPS does affect playability. As seen in the video, some game actions are hard to achieve on M1, while the same actions are smooth on M1 Max. Andrew thinks it might have something to do with the lower FPS on M1.
Download Ryujinx for macOS
You may download the latest build from the official website.
While I feel great about this, I am bummed that I don’t have a mac to try this on. Anyways, try this on your Mac PCs and let me know how it goes in the comments.