Can I Play Stray On Mac? 4 Ways To Do It

A common question on Mac users' minds is "Can I play Stray on Mac?" and we're here to help with this comprehensive guide.

Stray is the brand new Cat platformer loved by all, and it is a game that almost everyone enjoys playing at the moment. But there is a question going around Steam and other operating system users “Can I run or play Stray on Mac?”. Well, it is a very commonly asked question, and that is why we have curated this guide to offer your the best answers to it.

Key Takeaways
  • Stray wasn’t intended to be played on a Mac so it isn’t exactly possible but there are still some methods to play it on Mac.
  • These methods include: Using GeForce Now or Boosteroid cloud gaming, Using Parallel Desktop, or installing dual boot systems.
  • If you prefer cloud gaming, you can try Boosteroid as it has Stray ready to be played but GeForce doesn’t have it as of yet.
  • The best method to play Stray on a Mac is to download Parallel Desktop software on Mac and then you are free to use Windows OS on it to play Stray.
  • Third is the most complicated method as first you need a strong Mac and it also takes a lot of time and effort. This process basically lets you run Mac OS and Windows OS simultaneously.

In this guide, we will tell you about all the different ways you can run Stray on your Mac. If you want to play other games on your Mac, check out our Top 35 Best Steam games for Mac.

4 Ways To Play Stray On Mac

When it comes to playing Stray on Mac, the options are very few. That is because Stray was never originally made for Mac. The best way you can play it on Mac is via streaming. But there are a few other methods you can play it. Following are the four best ways you can play Stray on Mac.

GeForce Now

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Geforce Now

GeForce Now is a cloud gaming service made by Nvidia. It allows your laptop, Mac, iOS, and even android to become powerful gaming PC rigs. Specific MacBook models like MacBook Pro that support macOS 10.13.2 can easily run GeForce Now.

There is a slight problem with using GeForce Now at the moment. It does not support Stray right now. Nvidia tries its best to provide the best gaming experience to everyone. Hence, we can assume that sooner or later, GeForce Now will support Stray on Mac. 

GeForce Now is the most reliable way of Cloud streaming services. So if you can wait for it to be available there, we suggest that you do. But there are other ways you can play it on Mac right now.

Parallel Desktops

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Parallel Desktops

Parallel Desktops is a software that provides virtualization for Mac. It allows you to run OS like Windows or Linux on your Mac without any rebooting or changing to the Original Mac OS. You need an Intel or Apple M1 Mac to run Parallel Desktop.

Parallel software is extremely easy to use. All you have to do is download Parallel Desktops and use Windows OS on it. It will allow you to run anything Windows can normally run. You can go ahead and download Steam on it, which will allow you to access Stray on it.

There is one thing you need to be able to play Stray on Mac. It would help if you had a dedicated GPU on your Mac. The game will otherwise crash and will be unable to play. You might get to the menu, but it will only show you a black screen, so you just need a GPU to be able to run the game in Parallel. 


boosteroid for stray

Boosteroid is another Cloud gaming service like GeForce Now. It allows you to play games on your browser rather than downloading them. It is completely free of any downloading or installation process. All you need is a good internet connection and a good browser, and you’re good to go.

Furthermore, Stray is actually available on Boosteroid. So if you can’t wait for it on GeForce Now, you can play Stray on Mac using Boosteroid. It is a very good streaming service as well. You will need a 15 MB/s or more internet speed to be able to run it tho. 

The problem with Cloud gaming is the internet speed requirement. You need a very good internet connection to be able to play your games. Otherwise, the games are extremely laggy and not fun to play at all. The same case is with Stray, as it requires a lot of platforming. It would help if you considered this before downloading Boosteroid.


This is probably the simplest way of playing Stray on Mac. But it is also the most time-consuming of them all. Basically, Bootcamp allows you to make a dual boot system on Mac. You can then download Windows on your Mac and be able to do all the different tasks of Windows on Mac. 

There are three main problems that arise in this situation. One, you need to constantly reboot your system to change which OS you need to use. Hence, the entire process can be extremely time-consuming. Secondly, you need a powerful system to be able to run both Stray and Windows. You need a system that is powerful enough to run Stray for the method to work. 

The third and final problem is that you can’t use the Bootcamp method on newer models of Mac. The newer models don’t allow you to download Windows or any other OS aside from Mac OS. You will need either a Mac with an Intel processor or an older model of Mac. 

If you do have an older model or an Intel processor Mac, then go ahead and download Windows. Go to Bootcamp and make a partition for Windows. Once that’s done, install windows on that partition. Once it’s done now, you can go ahead, download steam and enjoy Stray on Mac. 


There you have it, that’s all the ways you can play Stray on Mac. Even though we advise you to play the game on a PC, if you don’t have one, this guide has covered you.

Stray is a great exploration and platforming game with many different puzzles and collectibles. In case you’re interested, here’s our guide on Stray Collectibles. Do tell us in the comments what you guys think about this guide. 

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Huzaifa Malik

Huzaifa Malik is a Mobile Games Writer on eXputer who’s been playing FPS games like Call of Duty as far back as he can recall. He also loves to invest his time in mobile games and write about them in detail for his audience on eXputer. He majored in Architecture and has several years of experience writing for games. By following his passion for games, he chose eXputer as his hub to deliver information-rich articles. Experience: 3+ years || Education: Bachelor’s in Architecture || Published 100+ Guides

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