How To Play Skyrim On Mac : (Updated 2018)

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Skyrim is a role-playing action game based on an open virtual world. Since the launch of “The Elder Scrolls: Arena” in the year 1994, Bethesda Game Studios are known for developing games that are taking players to the virtual world of Tamriel. Yes, it is something next level!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was said to be amongst the most anticipated games since the beginning of the time. Skyrim is the fifth instalment of the highly acclaimed “The Elder Scrolls” series. It was launched on 11th November 2011 just after The Elder Scrolls IV: The Oblivion. The game is compatible with Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but here we will discuss how to play Skyrim on your Mac. On the release of this game, there were many enthusiasts desperate to buy the PC Edition although only a small percentage of them actually owned PCs at that time. However, the fans managed to get through the unauthorized versions and wrappers of Skyrim.

Skyrim fans claim it to be “The Best Game Ever” as only a very few games can perform as great as Skyrim. You can play the game for endless hours and yet you will discover something new each time. The game is full of adventure as it provides the player with several options to thrive in the land of the Nords. All in all, it makes for an enchanting and overwhelming experience.

How To Play Skyrim On Mac

How to Play Skyrim on Mac?

Skyrim offers you with tremendous opportunities to explore and witness a fiery experience. The game is open-ended along with being irresistible each time. Although it was launched only for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation3 and Xbox360 yet there is a way in which even the Mac users can fulfil their gaming desire. And this is how you can install the game and play Skyrim on any Mac system.

  1. The Wine Method:

Wine Method is the authorized way to download and play Skyrim on Mac. To begin with, you need to download Steam for Mac. After launching Steam, you would have to buy Skyrim from Steam.

Following the mentioned steps, you will be required to download Wineskin. Once you setup Wine, follow the instructions, wrapper > winetricks > “steam” > run. Do not forget to update the engine in the winery. Further, you would have to change the wrapper in order to use the new engine and then in the wrapper you will have to update the wine tricks. Troubleshoot if you come across minor problems while executing these.

You can also play Dragonborn, Hearthfire, and Dawnguard by using all the Steam Workshop Mods. It is a slightly complicated process but Nexumods can also be used to run the game. If you want, you can watch some the online available tutorials on using Nexusmods for Skyrim to understand the complicated tricks involved.

  1. The Bootcamp Method:

The Bootcamp method is another legal way of enjoying Skyrim on a Mac system. You’ll have to download Bootcamp Assistant on your Mac computer. Run the program from Applications/ Utilities/ Bootcamp Assistant.

It is mandatory for you to buy Microsoft Windows at some additional cost and install the same on your Mac system. Follow the instructions provided by the Bootcamp Assistant with precision. And at the end, buy Skyrim to enjoy the virtual world of Tamriel.

A Brief Comparison

Therefore, it is up to you to figure out the most suitable method and critically analyse the pros and cons of each of those. Bootcamp Assistance is said to perform better as Mac is an Intel-based machine. It delivers impeccable performance, however, there’s an additional cost of Windows and the effort of creating a partition. Though, Bootcamp along with Nexusmods, are said to be easily manageable when compared to the Wine method. The Wine method is free, can be operated via Steam workshop with ease but it somehow lacks the needed performance.

Wineskin method is quick as it does not require purchasing Windows, partitioning and you would be able to play the game within an hour of setup initiation. It basically bluffs Skyrim by creating an artificial environment of the Windows system while saving your time and money. Hence, judge yourself and choose the most suitable method to enjoy Skyrim on your Mac system.

Apart from Wineskin wrapper, there are other wrappers available as well. One of them is the Cider Wrapper of Skyrim, which is super fast but has been reported to keep crashing during the gameplay. Cider doesn’t come along SKSE (Skyrim Script Extender) whereas Wineskin has the SKSE bundle accompanied.

Many of the Skyrim mods use the SKSE (Skyrim Script Extender) tool to expand the capabilities of scripting which provides several additional functions to the game. Being a serious player, it is always advised to choose Wineskin which supports SKSE.

Skyrim, being an unbeatable role-play game, is very demanding when it comes to the hardware requirements. So, to make sure that you enjoy the game, fulfil the minimum requirements mentioned below.

Minimum Requirements

  • Graphics Card: 512mb
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
  • Memory: 2GB System RAM (4 – 6GB of RAM min recommended)
  • Hard Disk Space: 6GB free HDD Space
  • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
  • OSX9.1 (Mavericks).

Ideal Setup

  • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
  • Memory: 8 – 12 GB System RAM
  • Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (NVidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher)
  • OSX9.1 (Mavericks)

Just make sure to upgrade from the Apple website to Mavericks as it brings much of a difference in your gaming as well as the entire Skyrim experience. Most of the games are already added to the Porting Kit but in case if Skyrim isn’t available, then you will have to add it to make all the wrappers compatible with the latest OSX for Mac. And all you’ll have to do is install the game through the Porting Kit in the Library > Server Tab. Simple!