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Leovinus
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A suggestion - Do not run display scaling at a different resolution than your games resolution.

It seems that all games don't have the ability to change the macOS Catalina display scaling, and I assume that this conflict is the underlying cause of my intermittent crashes. Running the display scaling at the same resolution has made this problem disappear. So I thought I'd share that experience with all of you.

There are lots of reasons for crashing. If you suffer crashes, this might be one of them.

 

EDIT:

For those who don't know how to change the display scaling in macOS Catalina, here is a quick description and visual aid:

  • Go to "System preferences"
  • Then "Displays"
  • By default the window is quite empty, as the option "Default for display" is usually ticked
  • Tick the "Scaled" option
  • To see what resolution different UI scaling options will target, hover your mouse over the icons for a description text to appear under the display pictured to the left in the window
  • Set resolution to the one you want to use in your game
Screenshot 2020 10 28 at 17.59.15

 

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 ikir
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I've noticed that too. My monitor is 4K but most game show me 5K resolution, just because I'm running scaled res of 2560x1440.


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Leovinus
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@ikir, games I play usually default to the scaled resolution I'm using. The real issues crop up when they either default to something else, or I set the resolution manually. It's weird how different the same issue manifests itself for different users on Mac.

A funny thing I've noticed recently is that the issue is most prominent, for me, with games i launch and play through GOG Galaxy. Steam seems to handle it much better. Odd.

 

Rocking a Mac mini 2018/2020 i7-8700B 6C/12T with 32Gb RAM, and a PowerColor 5700 XT humming along in its Razer Core X.

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.5 [build link]  


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