Blurry games RMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mattdust, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. mattdust, Jul 31, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2015

    mattdust macrumors newbie


    Jun 9, 2015
    I just purchased a new Macbook Pro today and was very excited to use it for some video games. I am now somewhat annoyed and disappointed. When I opened up steam I noticed that the icons were very blurry, and, when I opened Rome 2 Total War it was unbearable. After a little research most people suffering from the same thing are from over 2 years ago. These complaints usually end up saying just to wait for the devs to update the software, but it has been over 2 years since there complaint and they are still not updated. Is there anything at all that I can do to have a decent experience on the 2000 dollar computer?? Also, I noticed this even in minecraft and the steam app and I can almost see the "pixels" in Gmod, I do not enjoy having no diagonal lines in a game, just saying. I just don't understand how many people say that the Macbook Pro is a great system for gaming with this obvious flaw. Will running Bootcamp solve this? Am I doing something wrong? Don't think that I am not a Apple guy because I am, its just very disappointing and surprising that Apple would do this, and yes, I know Retina isn't new, but I just updated from an ancient 2009 iMac.

    Feeling annoyed,

  2. christarp macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2013
    steam still hasn't been updated to support high DPI screens that the rMBP has. That's why it looks blurry. It's valves fault. As for games, you probably aren't running them at native res (as that's tough for a rMBP I imagine). The best you can do is run them at your scaled resolution (or at least that's what I do). For example, in my display settings I run my display at "looks like 1440x900" So I run my games at 1440x900, and that works pretty well for me.
  3. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ridgewood, NJ
    I don't think anyone says MacBook pros are "great" for gaming. A gaming computer is great for gaming. A MacBook Pro will give you decent performance, and expectations should be realistic if you want native resolution. Also, I don't get what "Apple is doing".

    By the way, games like Gary's Mod are so offbeat. If playing stuff like that or DayZ, check out the Razer Blade. You'll be much happier.
  4. Cuniac macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2013
    This was more or less the same problem I had during my MBP dilemma. The MBP, even the Max out model is not a gaming machine. It will game, it can even play GTA V on normal settings a just under 1080p just fine. But its not a gaming machine. That beautiful retina display will only play games at that resolution if they are either older or your willing to play them at 15FPS. Its an almost 3K screen, even desktop class GPU's have a hard time pushing higher settings to screens of that resolution. And viewing them at a lower resolution will look a bit blurry as its not at the screens native resolution.

    It will start to come down:
    1. Do you need a portable computer to play games at high settings
    2. Do you need a Mac (can you get by running windows)
    3. Do you mostly play games on your laptop? If so can you live with the settings your playing the games at and the price tag you paid for this computer
    4. Is this your only gaming computer, are you willing to buy or already have another gaming computer. Now think back to questions 1.

    I had bought and returned 4 computers with these questions plaguing my mind. For me, after 4 different MBP's and 1 super high end gaming laptop my answers looked like this.

    1. No but I really feel I should be able to for this price tag
    2. I probably could get by but I love the Mac OS and I have years worth of apps and media setups on my Mac
    3. No, I really want to but I really only game when I'm at home and I already own a decent rig for games
    4. No... I already have one....... ehh, I guess not, but I really wanted it.

    LoL, so that's what I had to do for myself. I ended up getting the MBP as I mostly game at home anyway and already have a rig, plus I can still play games when I am out if I really wanted to. Now these may not be the same answers for you so If you find yourself saying I can live without Mac and/or I want a gaming laptop there are plenty of windows laptops out there they have very high end graphics cards that will give desktop like performance.

    Running boot camp on your MBP can help. Most games are not optimized for Mac so if you can run it in boot camp it could perform a bit better.

    If you want one that is the most MBP looking the RazerBlade QHD has a 14in 4K display and a 970m. It would game very well, its small and lightweight. If you want a beast, the ASUS ROG 17in only has a 1080p display but packs upto a 980m, 24GB ram, 256GB SSD and 1TB 7200RPM (That's the one I had) and will play GTA V at Max settings 60FPS. The Razer will get very hot as its very thin like the MBP but the ASUS run very cool as its thicker and as the best ventilation on any laptop.

    Of course if you don't need a portable gaming laptop you could build a desktop that will perform as good as that ASUS for half the price. and that RazerBlade is as expensive as the MBP.

    On last note. Please don't ever think you will truly ever game at high settings and not have to plug in. The higher end GPU's take so much power, that if your going to try and play not plugged in it will throttle the GPU. The MBP's GPU does not take that much power so it will perform the same plugged in as not connected. Even though the throttled 970m/980m will be faster than the MBP its going to drain the battery so you will need to keep a charger handy.
  5. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Nobody says that Macs are great for gaming.

    Additionally, it isn't Apples fault that Steam doesn't support HiDPI to give you a better experience. Complain to Valve, they're the ones that need to fix the issue.
  6. zombiecakes macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2012
    select 2560x1600 (13") or 2880x1800 (15") for the game's resolution, then adjust quality settings so that the framerate is playable. The MBP may not be able to handle resolutions that high depending on the game. Running anything at the non-native resolution looks blurry, it doesnt matter what computer you have.
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    This is both nonsense and very bad advice (especially for the 13 inch) the graphics cards just aren't good enough to run games well at retina resolution. Set the 13 inch to 1280x800 and the 15 inch to 1440x900 for optimal resolution and frame rates.
  8. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    Yeah I agree because there isn't any game playable on retina resolution unless you're talking about LoL or Portal on low. I'm playing borderlands on my 13" and the only blurry part of it is the start up of the game where all the brand names come up since the game doesn't have any assets for higher resolution (will see the same issue on 4K desktops). While playing it on 1280*800 it's far from blurry which is the reason Apple chose the resolutions.
  9. mattdust thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 9, 2015

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