Aspyr Mac FAQs: Borderlands 2

written by JMatula on November 8, 2012 in Mac FAQs

Borderlands 2 Mac

As you’ve all heard by now, Borderlands 2 arrived on the Mac November 20.  This incredible sequel contains tons of loot and great content, but there are probably still some questions you have about the game before you’re willing to return to Pandora.  That’s where GameAgent comes in!  We got all the gritty details from Aspyr Media to come up with the FAQ below.

Borderlands 2, Steam Version

Q: When/where will Borderlands 2 be available for the Mac?

A: Borderlands 2 for the Mac will be available on November 20 is now available! Mac users are encouraged to first visit the Borderlands 2 GameAgent page to get full game info and ensure they meet the minimum requirements by using GameAgent’s Mac Match feature.  Borderlands 2 may be purchased from the GameAgent Store, the Steam Store,, and other participating digital retailers. Unless purchased from the Mac App Store, all users will receive the Steam version of Borderlands 2 no matter where they purchase the game.


Q: Does Borderlands 2 for the Mac feature Steam Play?

A: Yes! Borderlands 2 for Mac is a full-featured Steam Play title.  Steam Play allows you to purchase your games once and play anywhere. Whether you have puchased your Steam Play enabled game on a Mac or PC, you will be able to play on the other platform free of charge. See for more information on how Steam Play works.


Q: So this Steam Play feature means if I already bought it on the PC I can download it for my Mac for free?

A: Yes! 


Q: Will any of the Borderlands 2 DLC content be available at launch for the Mac?

A: Yes! Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Bootyand the Mecromancer Packwill be available at launch for the Mac (users that pre-ordered Borderlands 2 from GameAgent  received the Mechromancer Pack free!).  Just like the base game, all DLC will feature Steam Play support.  Aspyr will also be supporting future DLC content as it becomes available.

Update: “Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage is now available on the Mac!

Update #2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt plus new downloadable character heads and skins are now available on the Mac!

Update #3: The Ultimate Vault Hunters Upgrade Pack is now available on the Mac!

Update #4: The Psycho Pack,” featuring the 6th playable Vault Hunter, Krieg, is now available on the Mac!

Update #5:Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep” is now available on the Mac!

Update #6: The “Ultimate Vault Hunter’s Upgrade Pack 2: Digistruct Peak” is now available on the Mac!


Q: Will Borderlands 2 for Mac have multiplayer?

A: Yes! Multiplayer in Borderlands 2 is a thrilling co-op experience where you can share your adventures with friends both online and via LAN through a seamless system enabling you to drop in and drop out of a campaign without ever having to restart the game.


Q: Can I play Borderlands 2 for Mac with a controller?

A: Yes!   The wired Xbox 360 controller by Microsoft is supported.

Update: The Playstation 3 Dualshock 3 wireless gamepad is also now supported.


Q: Will Mac players be able to play with PC players in multiplayer co-op?

A:  Yes!  Although in some cases when the PC updates content, the Mac version will be out of sync with the PC for a time, meaning cross-platform multiplayer will not work.  Aspyr is dedicated to minimizing any downtime between the Mac and PC versions.  It’s important to note that during this time where the Mac version is catching up, Mac users will still be able to play with Mac users.

Update: (8/30/13) The Mac version on Steam has received an update simultaneously with the PC, and cross-platform multiplayer is still available. Please remember that, as noted above, the Mac and PC versions of the game may not remain in sync forever.


Q: Will I be able to sync my game saves between the PC and Mac version?

A: Yes, but with a caveat: characters and saved games will NOT sync between PC and Mac via Steam Cloud.  Since the Mac and PC versions will likely be in an out of sync frequently, syncing game saves across platforms via Steam Cloud has been disabled.  This will ensure saved game data will not be lost or corrupt due to incompatible in-game content or other unforeseen reasons.  Users do have the option of transferring game saves via physical media (like a thumb drive) if they wish.


Q: What are the minimum system requirements for Borderlands 2 for Mac?

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A: The following are the minimum system requirements:

  • Operating System: 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion)
  • CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
  • CPU Speed: 2.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 13 GB
  • Video Card – ATI: Radeon HD 2600
  • Video Card – NVidia: Geforce 8800
  • Video Memory (VRam) : 256 MB
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard


Q: That’s great but can you be more specific about which Graphics Cards will be supported for Borderlands 2 for Mac?

A: Borderlands 2 for Mac is supported on an extensive list of graphics solutions.  To find out if your computer meets the minimum requirements, please visit and use the handy Mac Match feature.  Here is the full list of supported cards :

  • ATI RADEON HD 2600
  • ATI RADEON HD 3870
  • ATI RADEON HD 4670
  • ATI RADEON HD 4850
  • ATI RADEON HD 5670
  • ATI RADEON HD 5750
  • ATI RADEON HD 5770
  • ATI RADEON HD 5870
  • ATI RADEON HD 6630
  • ATI RADEON HD 6750
  • ATI RADEON HD 6770
  • ATI RADEON HD 6970
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000


Q: What languages does Borderlands 2 for Mac support?

A: The Steam version of Borderlands 2 for Mac will support English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.


Q: What is SHiFT?  What are SHiFT codes?

A: SHiFT is a super cool way of delivering special content on the fly within Borderlands 2.  Sometimes the code will give you a Golden Key, or sometimes the code could unlock special skins or heads for your characters.  To sign up for a SHiFT account, visit You may then link your SHiFT account to Steam in order to start using SHiFT codes.

SHiFT codes will only work in the Steam version of Borderlands 2.  SHiFT codes for the PC should work for the Mac, and vice versa, though there may be special occasions where unique content may not be immediately redeemed on the Mac.


Q: How do I use SHiFT codes and where do I get them?

A: SHiFT codes are redeemed in-game from the Extras menu on the Borderlands 2 start screen. To get SHiFT codes, follow @GearboxSoftware, @ECHOcasts, @SHiFTStatus, and @AspyrMedia on Twitter.  Codes are distributed at random intervals and often have a redemption limit and/or expiration time.  


Borderlands 2, Mac App Store Version

Q: Will Borderlands 2 be released on the Mac App Store? If so, when?

A: Yes!  Borderlands 2 is scheduled to launch on December 20 now available on the Mac App Store.


Q: Is the Mac App version the same as the Steam version?

A: No, there are a few key differences between the Mac App version and the Steam version of Borderlands 2:

  • The Mac App version comes bundled with bonus content from Borderlands 2: Collector’s Edition:
    • Fired Up skin for each original Vault Hunter
    • Unique head for each original Vault Hunter
    • Contraband Sky Rocket Grenade Mod
  • The Mac App version features a pair of exclusive Leaderboards; one features character levels and one features players’ Badass Ranks.
  • Mac App players are able to play with other Mac App players ONLY.  Mac App players are NOT able to play with Mac or PC players using Steam.
  • The Mac App version of Borderlands 2 currently does not support the Quick Match multiplayer feature; Mac App players must invite, or be invited by, other players from their Game Center friends list.
  • The Mac App version does not support SHiFT codes.


Q: Does the Mac App version feature online cooperative play?

A: Yes, with the latest update Borderlands 2 players on the Mac App Store can finally play online with other Mac App players. Mac App players are limited to playing with other Mac App players on their Game Center Friends list. There is currently NO Quick Match feature in the Mac App version of Borderlands 2.

To make it easier to meet up and play with other Mac App players, we have created a Borderlands 2 Mac App Group on Facebook. By joining this group, you’ll be able to find others to add to your Friends list as well as set up adventuring parties, trade equipment, and exchange tips and tricks.

Additionally, Mac App players may search the Mac App-exclusive Leaderboards in Game Center to find other players to add to their friends list.

Update: Be sure to check out our Borderlands 2 Game Center guide for help with connecting with your Game Center friends!


Q: Does the Mac App version of Borderlands 2 feature achievements?

A: Yes, the Mac App version of Borderlands 2 now features achievements through Game Center. These achievements are the same that can be found on Steam. Achievements will NOT backfill, meaning any progress made towards achievements prior to Game Center and achievement support is not counted.


Q: Does the Mac App version of Borderlands 2 feature DLC?

A: Yes, the Mac App version of Borderlands 2 allows players to purchase DLC through in-app purchases.  All major released DLC, including add-on content campaigns, is (or will be) supported on the Mac App Store. The current list of available DLC includes:

  • Mechromancer Pack
  • Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty
  • Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage
  • Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt
  • Creature Slaughter Dome
  • Ultimate Vault Hunter’s Upgrade Pack
  • Psycho Pack
  • Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep


Q: Will a Season Pass for DLC be available on the Mac App Store?

A: Currently, we have no way of offering a Season Pass within the Mac App Store.


Q: Will SHiFT codes work on the Mac App version of Borderlands 2?

A: No, SHiFT codes will not work for the Mac App version of Borderlands 2. There are currently no plans to enable this feature for the Mac App version.


Have any questions that aren’t addressed above?  Let us know in the comments!