People looking to run Windows applications from M1 Mac computers can now do so using CrossOver 20. Per CodeWeavers’ latest announcement, CrossOver 20 now supports Apple Silicon.
What is CrossOver?
CrossOver 20, initially launched in October, is a proprietary version of Wine that enables cross-platform compatibility for Windows applications in Chrome OS, Linux, and macOS.
It’s a unique option in that, instead of requiring something like BootCamp to run apps in a dual-booted copy of Windows, Windows apps are made compatible with macOS.
Apps compatible with CrossOver—of which there are thousands, including Steam, Origin, and Team Fortress 2—will run directly from macOS at native speed.
This is not to say that all Windows applications will run through CrossOver. However, it’s been a sufficient fix for Apple users since the first version, which was called ‘CrossOver Mac' at the time, was introduced for Mac OS X in January of 2007.
Japanese YouTuber Mamiyoshi ran a few tests, including trying to run Windows via BootCamp on his M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch and then testing out a trial version of CrossOver to run games like Fall Guys and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Another YouTube uploader went ahead and installed the first macOS 11.1 beta—available today to both developers and public beta testers. It ran several games, including the hit title Rocket League with Steam running through CrossOver 20.
If you are interested in this easy and affordable option for running x86 Windows applications on your M1 Mac device, the CrossOver CodeWeavers site has more details on how you can get it for yourself.
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