Gaming on a $200 MacBook

– Hey guys, this is Austin I am no stranger to trying to game on a Mac

However, this time, well, we're taking it up a notch This is a $200 MacBook straight from 2009 To be clear, this is a terrible idea But also, I don't really care This MacBook is straight from eBay, and it has had a bit of a hard life

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The inside is actually fairly clean, so there's no major scratches on the screen, the keyboard and trackpad are all clear However, on the exterior of the shell, there's a pretty sizable crack here, and it looks like someone just attacked the bottom of it at some point Generally speaking, the words "Mac" and "gaming" don't go together When you put "2009 white MacBook" together with the word "gaming," you usually have a recipe for some straight garbage town Inside, the specs are, well, not great

It has a 23 gigahertz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, four gigabytes of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics A step up from integrated graphics, but not by much However, it's not all bad The rest of the hardware does feel reasonably modern

It's running currently a copy of MacOS Sierra, although you can update it to High Sierra, and you got stuff like dual-band Wi-Fi, a good keyboard, a decent trackpad It doesn't really feel that slow – [Video] It is the first iPhone to drop the home button – So, with an only 1280 by 800 display, don't expect to be blowing through 4K YouTube on this guy Watching normal 720p video is no problem

Because it is running a modern operating system, not only do you still get stuff like patches, there's even support for things like Siri With a resolution of 1280 by 800, the screen is definitely low-resolution by today's standards However, the panel itself really isn't bad Yes, it does not get quite as bright as I would like, but the color and especially some of the viewing angles are a lot better than other TN panels that I've found on laptops around $200 today You're also getting a good selection of ports, including not only MagSafe, but Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, and a pair of USB 2

0 ports, and you get an optical drive, because 2009 I have to admit, when I first had the idea for this video, I expected this to be pretty much garbage town But it really isn't However, the real test is going to be, can I play any games at all on it? Minecraft is a game that runs on basically every piece of tech on Earth, and it runs just fine here on the MacBook Yes, you do have to turn the graphics settings down

Especially, you have to turn the chunk distance to be lot closer, but it does work Now, Steam does work on MacOS, so of course, I have to give CS:GO a try, and I'm not expecting good things 16 FPS (laughing) Alright, let's– Oh, oh no! Okay I'm gonna give this a solid F for failure

CS:GO is not MacBook compatible, at least not a 2009 However, the main reason I actually wanted to this video was a new thing from Nvidia called GeForce Now GeForce Now itself isn't new, but what is is the Mac beta Essentially what we can do here is we can go through pretty much any game on Steam and Battlenet

Now, they don't support everything, but a lot of the major games, such as Dota 2, Fortnite, Battlefront 2, you can all play for free, at least right now during beta on the Mac The only catch is that you actually have to own these games The way it works is once you actually log into GeForce Now, you log into something like Steam or Battlenet, and you can play the games on your own accounts Now, back in CS:GO running in GeForce Now, it is a huge difference

Because the computer in the cloud is doing all the heavy lifting, all the MacBook has to do is essentially just decode the video and pass through my mouse and keyboard input over the internet I know that there's absolutely a little bit of latency that is added, but because we're over Ethernet and because we have fiber here in the office, it's really hard to see any kind of major difference Next, we have Playerunknown's Battlegrounds This is a game that you would never be able to run on the MacBook in a million years, but here again, it runs pretty well here with GeForce Now It's crazy just how far cloud gaming has come

It feels like not that long ago that, while you could do stuff like this with PlayStation Now and GeForce, it really relied on having a crazy-good internet connection Without it, it was super-choppy and there was a lot of latency, even with a good internet connection But here, I mean, yes, if I look closely, I can see there's a little bit of a difference as far as not being able to fully get that instant response, but it is not bad Is there nothing in here? Oh, no, no no no no! Get– No, no, yes, yes! I did it! I (laughing) killed someone with my fists! Yet again, Overwatch works totally fine Dude, I'm really impressed with this

I've been wanting to try GeForce Now for Mac for a while, but there's really nothing to complain about, if you have a good internet connection, and I can't stress that enough If you don't, this is not going to be as smooth as an experience But if you do, it runs basically just like you're running it on your actual MacBook The only real catch here is that this is free only in beta At some point, Nvidia is going to come to their senses and start charging for this

But man, as long as it's free, it's essentially like you're getting a free high-powered gaming PC that just happens to run on a little tiny MacBook So, should you buy a 2009 MacBook to turn into a gaming PC? Of course not But if you want to get into GeForce Now while it's still for free on the Mac, this is not a bad way of going at all This is a great example of how newer technology can mean that you don't have to leave older hardware behind Speaking of the hardware, this MacBook is a lot better than I thought

I'm actually considering maybe doing a few upgrades and doing a part two to this video, so if you guys want to see that, let me know in the comments below Anyway guys, thank you so much for watching, and I will catch you on the next one

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