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No Man’s Sky for Mac – Release Rumors Debunked

The beautifully designed and expansive game No Man’s Sky is all everyone is talking about right now. The new release from indie developers at Hello Games has captured attention around the world, and gamers are gearing up to explore the incredible universe that lies in wait.

Though the highly anticipated game is set to be released for PC and PS4 consoles later this year, there’s a lot of speculation and mystery surrounding its potential for Mac gameplay. Apple users the world over are swapping rumors and pressing for more information, and the question on everybody’s minds seems to be – will it be released for Mac?

There’s a lot of mystique surrounding the release of this game – even though it has been confirmed that it will be available for PC and PS4 in the later half of 2015, and exact release date has still not been revealed. As we roll into the eighth month of the year, anticipation continues to grow.

It seems fairly certain that this game won’t be available for Xbox consoles, but for Mac systems, there doesn’t seem to be much hope. The developers at Hello Games that also produced the incredibly popular racing game Joe Danger originally put it out for iOS systems, eventually making the transition to PS4 and PCs, but still have yet to put out a version for Mac – not a good sign, considering the game’s massive following.

Though Hello Games is a relatively small company with a pretty limited portfolio, they do have a successful game out for Mac systems that alludes to the idea that they are definitely capable of creating successful transitions for Mac computers. Their game Elite:Dangerous drew millions of gamers last year when it made its debut to PC, and again a few months later when they released a Mac version.

So the question still stands: Is No Man’s Sky going to be available for Mac systems? There’s a good chance. Sorry, that’s the best I can do for right now. Though Hello Games is a small company that may lack the resources necessary to make the jump themselves, the excitement surrounding the release of this game is so immense, it seems unlikely that they won’t at least try to get a third party involved to make it happen.

This kind of software development takes time, so be prepared for a bit of a wait. With the release for PC set for some time in the next few months, it’s likely that it would take at least another six months to get a version of it ready for OSX.

However, there is a way to get a jump start into this breathtakingly beautiful game on a Mac system before then, you just have to get a bit clever. By installing Windows on your Mac computer, you can actually trick the game into working on your device, regardless of your original operating system.

Macs built after 2006 have the amazing ability to run two different operating systems, allowing you to use apps and play games that may not otherwise be available. Of course, you’ll have to purchase a Windows license in order to do this, but once you do that and install the system on your computer, it’s as simple as booting up your Mac in the Windows system, and using it for that computing session.

If you would prefer to run OSX the rest of the time, this is probably the best way to go. When you’re ready to run Windows so you can play No Man’s Sky, just reboot your computer, load up Windows, and you’re ready to rock.

You can also use a sort of emulator program to run Windows on your Mac, which is kind of cool because it allows you to switch back and forth between the two operating systems without having to reboot. The trouble with that is that is eats up a ton of memory, and really slows down performance – hardly ideal for gameplay.

With so much mystery surrounding the release date of No Man’s Sky period, not to mention the possibility of it ever making the jump to OSX, gamers are going mad with anticipation. If the thought of waiting another six months to play on your Mac is making you nuts, consider factoring in the cost of a Windows license with your purchase of No Man’s Sky to get your fix.

Stay tuned for more details on the release of this beautiful new game, and check out the trailer here.

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