Linked by Adam S on Wed 5th Apr 2006 12:57 UTC, submitted by Thomas Ganter
Mac OS X "More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today." My Take: Is this possible? We've been talking about virtualization on Leopard for a few days now, but did anyone see this coming?
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by Hae-Yu on Wed 5th Apr 2006 23:36 UTC
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A big benefit of this is that Mac users will finally be able to play (real & current) games. I think this should be realistically viewed though. It's not going to be the greatest gaming experience due to platform limitations and the mid-low level specs. But since most PCs sold are budget boxes, it will offer a comparable experience for the average user. A "gamer" won't use Apple hardware for gaming regardless. It's budget box hardware with budget box numbers.

The hardware isn't spec'd for gamers. Part of the reason that Macs always get 3 year old games is that their hardware is 3 years out of date. While you aren't going to be doing hardcore gaming on a MacBook or iMac, you are going to expect future intel-based PowerMacs to have some oomph.

Current lineup:
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 on the MacBook Pro.
On board Intel video on the Mac Mini
Power Mac G5 (assuming it will xfer over to Intel with similar specs) NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB of GDDR SDRAM or the regular 6600 with 256M
iMac - PCI-Express ATI Radeon X1600

4 of those would qualify as "budget" (<$80) categories by most definition and 1 would be lower end of mid-range.

While OS X may be able to leverage more performance out of a given set of hardware, gaming will be all XP and XPs performance on those cards is well documented.

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