Apple Catching Up on Gaming With the New M3 Chip

  • The all-new Apple M3 chip cranks up GPU performance by a staggering 80% compared to the M1 Max. Imagine experiencing games with richer, more detailed graphics, all while keeping things running smoothly.
  • Thanks to hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading, the M3 chip introduces a whole new level of realism to Mac gaming. We’re talking about lifelike lighting, detailed foliage, and even fur that feels like it’s right in front of you.
  • With the M3 chip, Apple is showing a renewed commitment to the gaming community. They’ve listened to feedback and stepped up their game, making Mac a serious player in the gaming world.
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As a user of Apple’s products, I’d had conflicting periods that made me love and hate Apple at the same time. Overall, it was a complicated and toxic feeling. I love to test different software applications for review and enjoy gaming in my free time. Now, I know this can take a demanding toll on the CPU and GPU.

Sadly, I am one of those people who wouldn’t compromise my passion for potential gadget problems ­– thermal throttling and battery drain. Come Apple M3, finally, a step for me into a solid long-lasting relationship.

While it’s true that Apple has historically lagged behind other tech giants in the realm of gaming, the introduction of the new M3 chip marks a significant leap forward. Now, gaming enthusiasts, whether they’re casual players or hardcore fans, finally have something to be excited about.

Let’s talk about a few of those things that Apple is embarking on to catch up on gaming with the new M3 chip.

Apple’s Efforts to Improve Gaming on the New M3 Chip

The first exciting news for gamers with the advent of the new M3 chip is that it is capable of running the latest AAA games at high settings. Yes, understanding the efforts and the attention given to us, gamers, helps me appreciate it even more. For example, Apple introduced its new M3 chip to hardware-accelerated ray tracing.

Hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing on M3 Chip

I assure you that as much as the name sounds cool, its functionality lives up to its hype. Now, we get apps running on the new M3 with realistic and accurate images based on the physical behavior of light to produce more realistic lighting and shadows. What do I mean?

We are getting more impressive graphics; more immersive experience; and the most interesting part is that ray tracing-enabled games can run much faster on the Mac.

It is noteworthy to mention that the new M3 chip is 80% faster than the M1 Max in terms of GPU performance. Furthermore, the ray tracing feature and other features help developers to create more realistic and immersive games for the Mac.

Another of these features dedicated to gamers is Mesh shading.

Mesh Shading on M3 Chip

The realism was a problem Apple battled with in previous released chips. It was a problem I had with gaming on my MacBook. The question became: How do I get heightened realism without compromising performance? Introducing mesh shading helps developers combat these issues.

With the M3 chip’s GPU backing mesh shading, it’s now possible to craft more realistic foliage, intricate fur, and a myriad of other complex geometries without compromising performance. This breakthrough bridges the gap between visual fidelity and seamless gameplay, revolutionizing the gaming experience on a MacBook.

Although, there are more features Apple rolled out like Dynamic Caching and Metal 3 that has also significantly improved the overall gaming performance on the M3, the truth still remain that Apple’s dedication to its community is unrivaled.

Impact on the Gaming Industry

In the past, I’d struggled with the Mac platform not having a great deal of competitiveness in the gaming world. Sadly, game developers were hesitant to develop games for the Mac because of its limited market share and the need for more powerful hardware. This changes now because of the new powerful M3 chip.

You know, it wasn’t too long ago that Windows and consoles pretty much owned the gaming scene. But guess what? Things are changing. Game developers are starting to see the potential in Mac, and it’s turning into a gaming powerhouse. It’s a sign that Mac is becoming a real contender in the gaming world.

Take a look at Resident Evil Village, that spine-chilling horror hit from earlier this year. They’re fine-tuning it to run like a dream on the impressive new M3 chip. That means even more heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat action for us Mac gamers.

Another example is the Baldur’s Gate 3, an eagerly awaited RPG currently in its early access phase. The game is poised to deliver an exceptional gaming experience. With dedicated development for the M3 chip, the game already showcases impressive performance on a MacBook equipped with M3 Pro.

Apple’s impressive lineup of native games for macOS isn’t just a smart business move—it’s a reflection of their dedication to delivering a top-notch experience. I believe they’re on the path to setting and raising a whole new standard in the gaming world. Surely, the M3 family of chips is a step in that direction!


The Apple M3 chip marks a turning point for gamers like me. It’s not just about impressive specs, but a genuine understanding of what we need. The leap in GPU performance and features like ray tracing and mesh shading show a commitment to gaming excellence. With games like Resident Evil Village and Baldur’s Gate 3 leading the way, it’s clear Apple is serious about gaming.

This isn’t just a win for Apple; it’s a win for all of us who love gaming on Mac. I’m excited for the adventures that lie ahead with the M3 chip.

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