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Solved: How I play PC (Windows) games on Mac (macOS) using PlayOnMac?

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PlayOnMac is free application software for macOS that allows you to install and play PC games through wine, software compatibility layer which consume less power. This article will show you how to install and configure PlayOnMac in order to play PC games on Mac.

Solved: How I play PC (Windows) games on Mac (macOS) using PlayOnMac?

Does PlayOnMac need wine?

PlayOnMac is application software based on Wine to runs executable Windows programs on macOS.

Is wine safe for Mac?

Wine is an open source program that can run Windows software directly on a macOS without requiring a licensed copy of Windows to be installed or needing Windows to run in the background.

Is PlayOnMac an emulator?

PlayOnMac is a free compatibility layer and emulator for macOS that allows installation and playing of video games and other application software designed to run on Windows.

Solution: How to install and configure PlayOnMac to play PC game on Mac

Step 1: Enter the following command in the Terminal program to disable the software gatekeeping function:

sudo spctl --master-disable

Step 2: Close the Terminal program.

Step 3: Go to the System Preferences > Security & Privacy.

Step 4: Switch to the General tab.

Step 5: Click on the lock located at the bottom left corner, enter the login credential for System Preferences to unlock the Security & Privacy preferences.

Step 6: Select the Anywhere option for the Allow apps downloaded from section.

Select the Anywhere option for the Allow apps downloaded from section.

Step 7: Close the Security & Privacy box.

Step 8: Enter the following command in the Terminal program to install Homebrew on macOS:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

Step 9: Enter the following command in the Terminal program to install Wine on macOS:

brew tap homebrew/cask-versions
brew install --cask --no-quarantine wine-stable

Step 10: Enter the following command in the Terminal program to install XQuartz on macOS:

brew install --cask xquartz

Step 11: Browse to PlayOnMac official site to download the PlayOnMac application. If you’re running macOS before 10.15 or earlier, download PlayOnMac 4.3.3; If you’re running macOS 10.15 or macOS 11+, download PlayOnMac 4.4.3.

Step 12: Mount the downloaded .dmg file to copy the PlayOnMac application to applications folder.

Step 13: Start the PlayOnMac application.

Step 14: Click the Tools > Manage Wine versions option.

Click the Tools > Manage Wine Versions option.

Step 15: Select the latest non-RC and non-staging version of Wine, and click the right arrow to install it version. Perform the same step for both x86 and amd64 versions of Wine to be safe.

Select the latest non-RC and non-staging version of Wine, and click the right arrow to install it version. Perform the same step for both x86 and amd64 versions of Wine to be safe.

Step 16: Select Configure > New on the bottom right of screen.

Select Configure > New on the bottom right of screen.

Step 17: Click the Next option in the PlayOnMac Wizard and select 64 bits windows installation. Click on the Next button to proceed.

Step 18: Select your preferred version of Wine. Click on the Next button to proceed.

Step 19: Name your virtual drive appropriately. Click on the Next button to proceed.

Step 20: Select your new virtual drive on the left of configuration window.

Step 21: Select the Install components heading.

Step 22: Select the Microsoft Core Fonts option, click on the Install button, and follow through the wizard to install some fonts that Steam needs.

Step 23: Install Steam directly from the Install components menu or download the regular Steam installed executable (exe), go to Miscellaneous and click the Run a Windows Executable (.exe) file in this virtual drive option.

Step 24: Go to the General on your drive and select the Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive option.

Step 25: Select the steam.exe, click on the Next button.

Step 26: Name the shortcut appropriately, click on the Next button.

Step 27: Click on the Cancel button to finish.

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