Steam Deck Can Now Run macOS, Courtesy of a Reddit User

Theoretically, macOS was created to only run on Macs. However, numerous methods exist for installing Apple’s operating system on different systems; this practice is called hacking. But lately, one user installed macOS Catalina on a Steam Deck gaming console, which is very rare.

The photo of a Steam Deck running macOS Catalina 10.15.3 is part of the Reddit post. The user, known only as “Lampa183,” notes in the comments section that the procedure was only made feasible by the virtual machine running the program VirtualBox. SteamOS, which is based on Linux, is used by Steam Deck. Thanks to this, developers may easily alter the system to run whatever apps they choose, not only those provided by Steam.

Although there isn’t a video to demonstrate how well macOS performs on the device, the user claims that “performance is normal” despite some idle animations, which is likely because macOS lacks GPU acceleration when used in virtual machines. The installation of Apple’s desktop operating system on a portable device like the Steam Deck is still highly intriguing.

With the release of macOS Catalina, users who still need to run out-of-date software will no longer be able to operate 32-bit programs. Therefore, installing macOS Mojave might be a challenging workaround to run 32-bit games for which there are no 64-bit versions, even though we don’t anticipate customers using macOS on their Steam Decks.

For those who do not know, Steam Deck is a portable gaming system that allows players to play various games, including “AAA” titles, while on the road. It has an inbuilt SSD with up to 512GB of storage, 16GB of RAM, and an AMD CPU and GPU. The 7-inch screen on the Steam Deck is designed with a controller incorporated into the sides, making it the perfect gaming device.

Although Lampa813 never explained the reason for this cross-platform accomplishment, we advise visitors not to attempt it because it is now unstable and may cause issues.


Muhammad Zuhair

Passionate about technology and gaming content, Zuhair focuses on analysing information and then presenting it to the audience.
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