If you’re a first-time player looking to dive into World of Warcraft or a veteran player looking to see if you can sneak in some WoW on your new mini workstation, you might find yourself wondering, “Can you play World of Warcraft on a Mac Mini?”
Yes, you can play WoW on your Mac Mini. While the main limiting factor of what you can play WoW on is usually your processor and graphics card, World of Warcraft is designed to run natively on Apple Silicon, so the M1 chip in your Mac Mini will be great for playing WoW.
If you have an older Mac Mini with an Intel chip, you might not be able to play WoW on it. You need to have at least an Intel Core i5-760 on the Intel chip models of older Mac Minis. If you have one with an i3, you’d need to upgrade to a newer Mac Mini to be able to play. Compare your Mac Mini’s specs to the table of WoW System requirements below to find out if you can play.
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Specifications|
|Operating System||macOS® 10.12 (latest version)||macOS® 10.13 (latest version)|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5-760 or better||Intel® Core™ i7-4770 or better|
|Video||NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M or better|
AMD Radeon™ R9 M290 or better
Intel® HD 530 (macOS 10.13 or higher, 45W)
Metal capable GPU
|AMD Radeon™ R9 M395X or better|
Metal capable GPU
|Memory||4 GB RAM||8 GB RAM|
|Storage||70GB available space 7200 RPM HDD||70GB available space SSD|
|Internet||Broadband internet connection|
|Input||Keyboard and mouse required.|
Other input devices are not supported.
|Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel|
|Resolution||1024 x 768 minimum display resolution|
One benefit to being able to play WoW on a Mac Mini is how affordable they are compared to most other desktop computers. If you are on a limited budget and need to use a Mac, but can’t afford an additional PC to play WoW on, this is a great option. Pair it with a nice mechanical keyboard and mouse to be your daily driver for work and play, and you’ve got yourself a solid little workstation and WoW rig.
To conclude, yes, you can 100% play WoW on your M1 Mac Mini, but your mileage may vary with older Intel chip models. Overall, they’re a great option for those on a tight budget!