In theory, macOS was designed to work exclusively with Macs. However, there are many ways to install Apple’s operating system on other computers, a process known as Hackintosh. But a user recently did something quite unusual by installing macOS Catalina on a Steam Deck game console.
Run macOS on a game console
The story shared on Reddit (Going through The edge) shows a photo of a Steam Deck running macOS Catalina 10.15.3. In the comments section, the user identified as “Lampa183” explains that the process was only possible through VirtualBox, which is software for running virtual machines.
Steam Deck runs a SteamOS, which is based on Linux. This allows developers to easily modify the system to run any application they want, not just the ones offered by Steam.
Unfortunately, there’s no video showing how well macOS is running on the device, but the user says “performance is normal”, although some animations are slow – probably because macOS doesn’t have a graphics acceleration when running on virtual machines. Still, it’s quite interesting to see Apple’s desktop operating system installed on a portable device like the Steam Deck.
At the same time, macOS doesn’t seem like the ideal operating system for a game console as there aren’t many popular games available for it. And ironically, while you can run macOS anywhere these days, Apple still insists on not bringing it to the iPad. At least it’s now proven that Steam Deck may have better app handling in Windows than iPad with stage manager.
Learn more about Steam Deck
For those unfamiliar, Steam Deck is a portable game console created by Steam that allows users to play a variety of games, including “AAA” titles, on the go. It is powered by an AMD CPU and GPU with 16GB of RAM and an internal SSD with up to 512GB of storage. Steam Deck is designed with a built-in gamepad on the sides of the 7-inch screen, making it ideal for gaming.
Steam Deck prices start at $399 and range up to $649 depending on storage configuration. More details about the console can be found at Official Steam Site.
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