Virtual PC on Mac?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Masher88, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. Masher88

    Masher88 Believe in absurdities and you commit atrocities

    May 7, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Has anyone tried this program out? I mean, can you load in any PC program to your Mac with Virtual PC and have it work? PC has way more games...but thier OS sucks...hahhaha! I just got this shiny new G5 iMac with a 20" screen and a gig of RAM (yeah, I'm bragging!). I'm dying to play some killer games! :D
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Why buy a Mac if you want to play games?
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    +1 macs aren't toys. :smug:
  4. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    As soon as Mac's are as easy to upgrade as PC's... I'll be all over one.

    Until then... :spit:
  5. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland

    Well, I used Virtual PC back in the days... maybe around '97-'98.
    It is probably impossible to play "killer games" in the virtual pc.

    First of, MacOS boots up, taking mucho resources, then you power up Virtual PC with whatever OS on it there (XP for example), mucho more resources.
    And then to play a "killer game" on top of that?
    I think not.

    Also I can´t imagine how the graphics will be... most of the new "killer games" have hefty requierments for the video card... I don´t know how that will work out when you are really emulating it through Virtual PC.
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    Actually, the first versions of VPC were better at handling games than subsequent versions. If I recall correctly(I used versions 1-3) Since they actually utilized hardware acceleration for graphics. This provided better game playback(I managed to play a couple of hot titles at the time) But it caused issues with compatibility(windows being the crap that it is) and ultimately was dropped(in favor of virtual hardware emulation...ick) since the goal of VPC shifted from being able to emulate a windows environment to being able to run key software and work with windows networks.

    But yes, the bottom line is, even with a quad processor g5 with 16 GB of RAM and a quattro FX 4500 GPU, you will not be able to play killer games thru virtual PC.

    They even have a virtual PC for windows to enable you to run various versions of windows inside of XP.

    Eitherway, in the next year, there will be intel macs that can boot windows and OS X, best of both worlds.
  7. There are some good games that can run native on Mac, such as UT2k4 and many id software games, but I have a more important question.

    What type of graphics chip is in your iMac? That will probably be another important limiting factor.
  8. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Not really. If you see my above post. Virtual PC does not utilize the hardware acceleration based on the specs of the computer it's operating on. If I recall correctly, VPC doesn't produce a scalable windows environment, instead, emulating a fairly simple hardware configuration that is only really suitable for simple tasks. It has its place as a software suite, but more for business than recreation.
  9. I was talking about games with native versions.
  10. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Ah yea, well, the iMac has a pretty decent GPU(radeon x600 xt 128), enough to play any of the latest mac games.
  11. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    World of Warcraft is all you need. It works.
  12. Masher88

    Masher88 Believe in absurdities and you commit atrocities

    May 7, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Thanks for the advice, guys. I'll just stick with the software written for Mac. INCLUDING the games.