18 August 2019

Play Xbox games on the Mac with Parallels Desktop 15

Parallels, a global cross-platform solutions provider, has launched Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac. Parallels Desktop now supports the Apple Metal API for improved graphics. As part of the move to Metal, Parallels Desktop 15 supports DirectX 11, 10 and 9 on Metal, delivering improved performance to customers.

Parallels Desktop 15 box.
Parallels Desktop 15 box.
“Parallels made significant investments to support Apple Metal API, so today our customers can enjoy the fastest and most efficient version of Parallels Desktop to date,” said Nick Dobrovolskiy, Senior VP, Engineering and Support at Parallels.

“Now Parallels Desktop 15 users can experience demanding computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) applications and Windows PC games that were previously unavailable. In addition, there are planned integration features with macOS Catalina—including support for Sidecar and Apple Pencil—offering customers our most comprehensive merging of Mac and Windows ever.”

Parallels has made significant investments to ensure excellent DirectX 11 performance on Metal in macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina (10.15), an upcoming OS version for Mac hardware, in addition to DirectX 10 and 9*. Parallels Desktop 15 users can now run many Windows programs and PC games which didn’t run on prior versions, including the following titles:

CAD/CAM applications
ArcGIS Pro 2.3

Autodesk 3ds Max 2020


Games on macOS Mojave
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Anno 2205

Space Engineers

The Turing Test
Games on macOS Catalina 
Anno 1800 

Fallout 4 

FIFA 19 

Madden NFL 19

Product highlights include:

Xbox gaming

Bluetooth Low Energy support in Parallels Desktop 15 enables Xbox Controller, Logitech Craft, IRISPen and some Internet of Things (IoT) devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) to be used with a Mac. The Logitech Craft keyboard comes with a creative input dial for added functionality. Supported platforms include Windows 10 and 8.1, Android and Linux with kernel 3.13 and newer. The shared Bluetooth driver is version 4.0.

MacOS Catalina (10.15) integration

Parallels Desktop 15 can currently utilise macOS Catalina as a virtual machine (VM), with support for Catalina as a host operating system (OS) following its public release (expected in Q3-Q4 2019). Planned integrations include improved Sidecar support as well as processing of the Apple Pencil tilt and double-tap features, which can be used in software such as CorelDRAW, Corel Painter and Microsoft SketchPad among others. The tilt feature enables the pencil tool to be used for shading, whereas a double-tap changes modes. Sidecar will allow an iPad to be used as a secondary Mac display.

In addition, users will be able to use Sign in with Apple as one of several sign-in options (implemented in Parallels services this Q3-Q4), providing a consistent sign-in experience they can trust and the convenience of not having to remember multiple accounts and passwords. New users can also use Sign in with Apple to register for the first time, which will automatically create a Parallels account and simplify the trial experience.

Parallels Desktop 15 also provides improved handling of macOS Catalina security and privacy dialogues, approving system extensions, and will feature refined work with iCloud in the update around macOS Catalina release.

Mac and Windows integration

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac further blurs the lines between Mac and Windows for new levels of productivity. Parallels Desktop 15 users can now drag and drop images directly from macOS screenshot previews, Safari and Photos to Windows applications to create documents.

Watch the demo video

Users can also right-click a file in the macOS Finder, then select “Share” and “Send with Windows Email App” to send the file via the default Windows email, such as Outlook or Mail. Finder is the file management system on macOS.

Watch the demo video

VTPM and Physical Disk Support

Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Business Edition now feature a virtual platform trusted module (vTPM), a new virtual hardware-to-VM configuration required by Windows to enable additional security features. With a vTPM in highly secure corporate environments, users can enable BitLocker in accordance with corporate group policies, use virtual smart cards, or enable a more secure version of Windows Hello PIN for improved security. The Windows Hello PIN acts like a password, but is tied to a specific device.

BitLocker from Microsoft provides drive encryption. It is meant to address the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately-decommissioned computers.

Additionally, Parallels Desktop Pro Edition and Business Edition users can connect physical disks (both internal and external) to a VM as logical internal disks, which allows users to:
  • Install Windows or another OS to that disk,
  • Boot to an OS installed on that disk, and
  • Use non-native Boot Camp installations. Apple's Boot Camp allows users to install Windows 10 on the Mac, then switch between macOS and Windows when restarting the Mac.
Enterprise users also benefit from an enhanced consistent user experience in Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Business Edition. IT can now lock a VM in a desired mode—Window, Full Screen, or Coherence—so end users always get a familiar experience for increased productivity. According to Parallels, Coherence is a view mode that allows both Windows and Mac applications to be running at the same time without managing two separate desktops or rebooting.

Significant Parallels Desktop 15 performance improvements include:
  • Up to 80% faster Microsoft Office application startup
  • Up to 15% faster 3D graphics improvements
  • A faster and more responsive Parallels Desktop user interface (UI)

The Installation Assistant in Parallels Desktop makes it simple to install Windows 10 on the Mac— and does not require users to purchase Windows beforehand. Windows installation scenarios for Parallels Desktop include:

- Parallels Desktop has just been installed on the Mac. The software will automatically detect that Windows is not present, and offer to install it.

- Moving Windows 10 and applications from a physical PC into a Parallels Desktop VM on the Mac.

- Adding a Windows 10 VM to Parallels Desktop.

- Upgrading an existing Windows VM to Windows 10.

- Adding preconfigured Windows VM test environments for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. 


Install Windows 10 in Parallels Desktop for Mac


Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac
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All editions of Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac (Standard, Pro Edition and Business Edition) are available now for purchase either online which also offers free full-featured 14-day trials for new users—or from retail and online stores worldwide. Apple's App store will also carry the softwaree from October.

Parallels Desktop subscriptions include complimentary, concurrent three-month subscriptions to Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows as well as to Parallels Access, which are also separately available to all PC and Mac users as standalone products for free trials and subscription.

Parallels Toolbox is a suite of more than 30 tools to complete beneficial tasks in a click, including:
  • Download Internet videos to watch offline.
  • Reclaim gigabytes of disk space or RAM to improve Mac performance.
  • Make a GIF to share.
Parallels Access makes it simple to securely access up to five computers (Mac or PC) from anywhere via an HTML5 web browser, and from an unlimited number of iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Parallels Desktop for Mac customers (any edition) can get upgrade pricing for Parallels Desktop 15 online.

New customers can download free trials and purchase online.

*User experience will depend on the hardware, especially the CPU and graphics card utilised on the Mac.