Apple updates Game Porting Toolkit to bring Mac game ports to iPhone, iPad


Apple unveiled a number of new features coming to macOS Sequoia during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2024) last month, including an updated version of the company’s Game Porting Toolkit. The tool is designed to help developers bring popular AAA titles designed for Windows and enable them to run on macOS. Later this year, Apple’s Game Porting Toolkit 2.0 will also come with support for iOS and iPadOS, meaning ported games will run on Mac computers as well as iPhones and iPads.

Game Porting Toolkit on macOS Sequoia will enable porting of games to iOS, iPadOS

At WWDC, Apple announced that macOS Sequoia will be rolled out to users later this year, along with support for Game Porting Toolkit 2.0, which will come with a slew of new features. 9to5Mac spotted more details at a WWDC 2024 session, which confirms that developers will soon be able to bring games from PCs to iPhone and iPad.

The original version of Apple’s Game Porting Toolkit allows developers to port games from Windows to macOS, including support for converting DirectX graphics (used on Windows games) to its macOS equivalent – MetalFX.

When Game Porting Toolkit 2.0 arrives later this year, game developers will be able to port their games to macOS, and then port those games to iOS and iPadOS. These titles are likely to offer the same functionality as their macOS counterparts on mobile, including support for controllers and spatial audio when using compatible Apple accessories and speakers.

One notable shortcoming in terms of supported platforms is the Apple TV. The company’s recent models are equipped with powerful processors, such as the A15 Bionic chip, which means they should be able to run some of the games that will be compatible with the iPhone 13, which is equipped with the same processor.

Developers who want to test the latest version of the toolkit can download the latest beta version for macOS Sequoia. Apple’s Game Porting Toolkit 2.0 will launch later this year when macOS Sequoia is rolled out to eligible Mac models alongside iOS 18, iPadOS 18, watchOS 11, and tvOS 18.

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