Moonlight macOS lets you stream your Windows games to Mac

Want to stream your gamer’s games to a Mac, but don’t know how to go about it? Luckily for you, Michael Kenny has developed moonlight macOS, an app that takes advantage of NVIDIA’s “GameStream” streaming technology. With it, you can stream games from your Windows computer to MacBook. If it is unfortunately reserved for owners of an NVIDIA graphics card, the solution is very effective.

On the left, the Mac version of Moonlight PC (based on the Qt framework). On the right, Moonlight macOS.

If you’ve ever researched this, you’re probably familiar with Moonlight PC, an effective solution that isn’t native to Apple’s operating system. macOS Moonlight is a fork of Moonlight PC which offers the advantage of being based on the AppKit framework. The interfaces are therefore pleasant and homogeneous with the rest of the system. In practice, the application is compatible with Xbox controllers and allows streaming up to 4K/144fps.

Setup is pretty straightforward: on Windows, you’ll need to enable GameStream in the GeForce Experience app. On Mac, download Moonlight macOS and connect the program to your PC. Once done, a library of your Mac games will appear, which you can launch with a single click.

Fall Guys on a MacBook Air via Moonlight macOS.

After testing for half an hour on a MacBook Air M1 paired with my gaming tower, the experience was smooth and enjoyable. There are a few crashes here and there, but everything works fine once played and nothing bothers during games. All tested Steam titles launched and performance was on point. Different resolutions are offered as well as two video codecs (H.264 / H.265). A “Wake up” mode is available to remotely turn on your computer. All in all, an app that can be useful if you’re on the go but still want access to your PC games.

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