Using 3D Graphics Applications
Parallels Desktop allows you to run games and applications that require video cards with DirectX or OpenGL support in your virtual machines.
The DirectX9.0 and OpenGL2.1 support can be enabled for Windows-based virtual machines with Parallels Tools installed. The OpenGL2.1 support can be enabled for Linux-based virtual machines with Parallels Tools installed.
Note: In Linux-based virtual machines, Xorg should be of version 7.1 or later.
Enabling DirectX and OpenGL support in a virtual machine
If your virtual machine does not have Parallels Tools installed:
To enable DirectX and OpenGL support in the virtual machine configuration:
Note: If the virtual machine is running, the new settings will come into effect after you restart the virtual machine.
Optimizing 3D Graphics Performance in MacBook Pro
Some new MacBook Pro computers have two video adapters. By default, the slower video adapter that saves energy is used. If you want to use the faster video adapter for better 3D graphics performance, select System Preferences > Energy Saver > Graphics > Higher performance in the Mac OS X menu.