Oct 21, 2022 1 min read

The Steam Deck is now a Mac

Running macOS on a Steam Deck? It's possible — as one Reddit user has shown.

A Steam Deck showing a still from the 'Get a Mac' ad campaign featuring Justin Long as the Mac, and John Hodgman as the PC

Valve's portable PC is now also a portable Mac, sort of.

A Reddit user shared fresh details explaining how they got Apple's operating system running on the handheld computer.

An image shared in this Reddit thread showed Valve's device running macOS Catalina — a three year old version of Apple's OS.

macOS running on Steam Deck

The user behind the feat, Lampa183, detailed that this OS undertaking was achieved by using SteamOS VirtualBox, adding that "performance is normal" for the most part, but noting that some animations were a touch laggy and that "turning on takes 2-4 minutes".

macOS Catalina running on a Steam Deck
Image via: Lampa183

Amber Neely, writing for Apple Insider, notes that this could be one way to resurrect 32-bit games on mac — something that hasn't been possible on the 64-bit architecture of recent macOS versions.

A neat bit of tinkering!

Chris Brandrick
Chris Brandrick
Curator of Switch Weekly. Loves Nintendo. Uses too many emoji. ✌️🎮💌🇪🇺
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