How to Play Overwatch on Mac

To play Overwatch 2 on a Mac, you have two choices: utilize the CrossOver Mac software with CX Patcher or stream the game via the desktop app.

Hi there! I’m Nancy and I’ve been using Mac computers since 2015. If you’re a frequent PC gamer, you’ll know that most PC games are primarily designed for Windows and may not have compatibility with macOS. To play these games on a Mac, you’ll need to use special software or services like emulation, virtual machines, or cloud gaming. 

In this post, I’ll show you two simple methods to download and play Overwatch 2 on your Mac. 

Let’s get started!

Is There an Overwatch Version for Mac?

Overwatch 2, a standalone sequel to the original game, was launched on October 2022, as a free-to-play game. However, it’s important to note that Overwatch 2 is currently not officially supported on macOS, and there isn’t a version for Mac computers. 

The game is available for various platforms, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X and S. 

As the situation may change over time, it’s a good idea to check with the official announcements from Blizzard Entertainment for the most up-to-date and reliable information on games and platform availability.

Can You Play Overwatch 2 on Mac?

There are a couple of options available for playing Overwatch 2 on a Mac. 

One method is to run the game locally on your Mac using the CrossOver Mac software. CrossOver is a product that enables many Windows games to run on Apple Silicon Mac systems. However, this method can be more complex, especially for beginners who are unfamiliar with installing and playing PC games.

The simplest way for Mac users to play Overwatch 2 is through the desktop app, which offers an online version of the game. This method doesn’t require specific hardware requirements and provides an easy way for Mac users to access and enjoy Overwatch 2 on their computers. This app installs, patches, and launches all games. 

How to Install Overwatch on Mac

 Method #1: CrossOver for Mac

You can play Overwatch 2 by using the CrossOver Mac version and then patch it with CX Patcher. CX Patcher allows users to load the latest versions of DXVK and Molten VK, so you can get the best performance and compatibility for many Windows games. 

Step 1. To start, you will need to download CrossOver Mac, which allows you to get the free trial for 14 days.  

Once it’s downloaded onto your computer, click on Finder and it should be in your Downloads folder. Double click the Crossover zip file and then drag and drop the CrossOver icon into the Applications folder in order to install it. 

Next, go to the Applications tab, find the CrossOver app and launch it. 

Step 2. Now that it is fully installed, the next step is to install the launcher, Desktop App. Click on the Install button on the bottom left corner, in the search bar, type in Desktop App, and then press the Install button.

After you have installed the app, you will need to log in with your gaming account. If you don’t have an account, you can easily create a free account.

Step 3. Once you’ve successfully logged into, navigate to the homepage and use the search function to find Overwatch 2. Locate the Install button and click on it to download the game. Remember to ensure that you have at least 32 GB of available storage space for the game.

Step 4. After the install is complete, you can go ahead and exit the app. Next, it’s time to install CX Patcher on GitHub.

Within the assets section located on the right sidebar, you will find the option to download the zip file for the Crossover Patcher app.

After downloading the Crossover Patcher onto your computer, navigate to the Applications folder, locate the Crossover Patcher app, right-click on it and select Open.

Step 5. Now, proceed to drag and drop the Crossover app into the designated box within the Crossover Patcher. Once completed, a message will appear stating “Your App is Updated”, indicating that Crossover has been successfully patched. Afterward, feel free to close the patcher app.

For more information on how to use the Overwatch 2 CrossOver Patch, read this article

Step 6. To optimize the settings for playing Overwatch 2, return to the CrossOver app and access the Desktop App tab. Click on Advanced Settings and proceed to enable the tabs labeled DXVK, CSMT, and ESync

Enabling these options will ensure that the necessary patches function correctly during gameplay.

Step 7. Reopen the launcher and locate Overwatch 2 in your list of downloaded games. Select the game, and then click on the Play button. You are all set to play!

Method #2: Desktop App

To get started, download the Mac version of the Desktop App. Open the zip file from your Downloads folder and proceed to follow the installation instructions to set it up on your Mac.

Once the download is finished, a window will pop up, asking you to log in to your gaming account. If you don’t have an account yet, you can easily create one for free. 

After logging in, use the search bar to find Overwatch 2, and then click on the Install button at the bottom to begin the installation process.

A new window will pop up that requires you to provide a phone number, which is a mandatory step to proceed with the installation. Once you have added a phone number, you can click the Start Install button to begin the installation process. 

It is important to note that you will need approximately 25 GB of available storage to download the game.

Once the installation is complete, simply click the Play button located in the bottom left corner of the window to start playing Overwatch 2.

Final Thoughts

I hope you found the step-by-step process for installing and playing Overwatch 2 easy to follow. While playing the game locally on a Mac requires a few extra steps, I suggest the more beginner-friendly option of using the desktop app. 

Give it a try, and you’ll be gaming in no time! Feel free to share your gaming experience in the comments or ask any more questions about playing Overwatch 2 on a Mac. 

Happy gaming!

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