MacBook laptops with Apple’s M1 processor support CrossOver 20 to run certain Windows applications. CrossOver is based on the open source Wine project which allows users to run Windows applications on macOS and Linux. MacBook users won’t need to install Windows to run these apps. This is great news for those who have used Boot Camp to run Windows apps on Macs, as the new M1-powered ARM-based MacBook models do not support Boot Camp. CodeWeavers, the team behind CrossOver have stated that they are capable of running CrossOver on Big Sur 11.1.
The developers of CodeWeavers were able to run CrossOver 20 on the new M1-powered MacBook laptops, allowing them to run a wide range of Windows applications, the company said in a blog post. They were also able to use the graphics performance of the M1 powered MacBook models to play games like Among Us and Team Fortress 2. The developers claim that these Apple Silicon-based MacBook laptops perform brilliantly at CrossOver 20. They tested it. on the cheapest Macbook Air running Big Sur 11.1 and have CrossOver 20.0.2 installed on it.
Explaining how this emulation works, the developers said, “Imagine – a 32-bit Windows Intel binary, running in a 32 to 64 bridge in Wine / CrossOver on top of macOS, on an ARM processor that emulates x86. Essentially, CrossOver 20 uses Rosetta 2 technology which emulates Windows Intel binaries on macOS to emulate x86 binaries on the new ARM-based Mac laptop.
Team Fortress 2 gameplay share by CodeWeavers shows some lag in-game and not the highest possible frame rate, but keep in mind that it runs on the base MacBook Air which doesn’t have active cooling and is missing a GPU core.
It looks like CrossOver 20 will work with macOS Big Sur 11.1 beta because it contains critical fixes for Rosetta 2.
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