On October 22, Apple held an event with all the latest Apple product and software updates. It was exciting with immediate updates to laptops, news for the MacPro, OS X Mavericks, iPads and more. But here I am going to focus on covering what is relevant to us Mac gamers.
I think most everyone, myself included, expected OS X 10.9 Mavericks to cost $20 like Mountain Lion did. After all it’s quite a low price for an entire operating system. But Apple surprised us by pricing Mavericks at..absolutely nothing. Free? Yes indeed. Gamers love free stuff, since it lets them spend their cash on hardware or games instead. Aside from the bevy of feature upgrades to the OS, Mavericks is also supposed to boost graphical performance in games. (Short version, more FPS or frames-per-second.) However we may not see these major boosts until 10.9.1 or 10.9.2. But what we do have already in the new OS is tech like compressed memory for better RAM usage and more efficient processing power which should help you in general on your computer, games or otherwise.
Even if not an immediate big upgrade on the performance front, it is something to look forward to in the near future. So if you want to see Call of Duty: Black Ops or Bioshock Infinite roar on your Mac, just standby. When possible I will be doing some benchmarking to give you all cold hard statistics.
Mavericks is also bringing compatibility with a new version of OpenGL, which means we will start seeing ports with DirectX 11 features, something that has never happened before. Basically even fancier effects or graphical touches. Perhaps we will get this in Feral’s upcoming Tomb Raider, or whatever Aspyr brings us next.