Parallels Desktop, the virtualization software program that permits you to run Windows on a Mac alongside macOS, now gives DirectX 11 assist utilizing Apple Metal, that means it may possibly render 3D graphics as much as 15 % quicker. The new performance comes as a part of model 15 of the software program, which MacRumors notes can even add assist for Catalina’s upcoming Sidecar function, in addition to improved drag and drop and Apple Pencil assist.
No virtualization software program goes to have the ability to match the efficiency of working a recreation natively, however it’s nonetheless good to see the function given some consideration. The final time we checked in with Parallels was again in 2016, after we famous that model 12 of the software program couldn’t deal with sufficient video games properly sufficient for us to advocate it to players. As properly as higher gaming efficiency, the enhancements made to Parallels Desktop 15 imply that the software program can open Microsoft Office apps as much as 80 % quicker, and it additionally helps a wider vary of non-gaming functions together with Autodesk 3ds Max 2020.
Beyond DirectX 11 assist, Parallels Desktop 15 can even assist macOS Catalina’s new Sidecar function. This means you’ll have the ability to use Windows apps on an iPad whenever you’re utilizing it as a second display to your Mac, and it additionally consists of improved Apple Pencil assist. There’s additionally a brand new share choice to allow you to ship Mac information out of your default Windows mail software, and the software program’s drag and drop function now helps pictures from Safari, Photos, and different macOS apps. You can learn an entire listing of the software program’s new options here.
Parallels Desktop 15 is accessible now for a one off value of $99.99, or you’ll be able to subscribe to the Pro or Business options for $99 a 12 months. If you’ve got an older model of the software program, then you’ll be able to improve for $49.99. The software program requires you to be working the Mojave, the present model of macOS, or later, whereas its Catalina-specific options are anticipated to be launched across the similar time as the brand new macOS model launches later this 12 months.