Mac Mini M1 & Steam & Parallels & Windows 11

Apr 3, 2017
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Hello everyone,
I am not sure if this is the right Forum but here goes.

First, I will make sure you all know, I love my mac. That being said . . .
My partner gave me her old PC that I use for Gaming.
Most of my gaming is via Steam.
Most of the games I play are PC Games.
The PC is too old and won't upgrade to Windows 10 or higher (like Windows 11).
I have no desire to actually purchase another PC.
I love my mac.
I love how small it is, and how wonderfully it works.
Heck, my only issue is I can't connect lots of monitors to it.
So, other than gaming I do everything on my mac.
I only game periodically BUT sometimes I do get into a game for many (many) days.
99% of my gaming is via STEAM.

So, I am trying to find out what others can share as to their opinion of Parallel's with the M1 Mini using Windows 11.
What kind of experiences you have had and if it's worth going with Parallel's vs getting another machine.

Please, if you have anything to share it would be appreciated.

Additionally, if this post is in the wrong place let me know and I will try to move it to the right place.
I just thought this was the place seeing as my needs are for my gaming and using STEAM.

Thank you,

As for my computer, here are some details:
Model Name: Mac mini
Chip: Apple M1
Total Number of Cores: 8 (4 performance and 4 efficiency)
Memory: 16 GB
HD: 212.05 GB available of 494.38 GB

I use an external hard drive for most file storage.

Cory Cooper

May 19, 2004
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Sorry for the delayed response.

I am not a gamer personally, so I have no experience with Steam. I would guess you would get great support on the Steam Community forums, as those are the hardcore gamers.

Sorry, but hope that helps!

May 15, 2023
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As I see, since most of your gaming is through Steam, it's worth noting that Steam has been improving its support for macOS, including M1 Macs. So, you might want to explore the library of Mac-compatible games on Steam as well.
If you're considering Parallels, I'd suggest starting with the trial version to see how well it meets your gaming needs. This way, you can test out a few games without any commitment. Also, keep in mind the available storage space on your Mac Mini, as Windows and games will require a significant amount of space.

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