How to change the graphics settings on BlueStacks 5

How can I do this?

You can change the graphics mode, dedicate a preferred GPU, choose a graphics renderer and much more using the "Graphics" settings menu on BlueStacks 5 by following the steps given below.

1. Open the "Settings" menu by clicking on the gear icon on the Side toolbar.


2. On the Settings page, click on the "Graphics" tab


On the "Graphics" settings page, you will see the following options:

Graphics engine mode: Here, you can choose between the two available modes: Compatibility and Performance. While most games will run smoothly on Performance mode, some games that require an advanced graphic architecture will prompt you to switch to Compatibility mode before launch.


NOTE: This option will not be available on BlueStacks 5 Pie 64-bit.

Graphics renderer: Here, you can choose "OpenGL", "DirectX" or "Vulkan" libraries available on your desktop/laptop. In broad terms, DirectX supports sound, music, input, networking and multimedia while Vulkan uses the latest technology to display real-time 3D graphics. OpenGL on the other hand is strictly a graphics API. To learn more about the different graphics renderers available, click here.

NOTE: Vulkan is available only on BlueStacks 5 Android Pie and Android 11.


Interface renderer: It helps define the user interface and design of BlueStacks 5. You can try switching the interface renderer if you come across graphical and FPS-related issues. To learn more, click here.


ASTC textures: Enabling ASTC texture enhances the visual quality of your game. Click here to learn more about how ASTC textures works.


GPU in use: Enable the use of a dedicated GPU for BlueStacks if you have a dedicated graphics card installed. You can enable or disable it by clicking on the toggle button next to "Prefer dedicated GPU". To learn more, click here.


3. After making the desired changes, click on "Save changes".


4. Click on "Restart now" for these changes to take effect.  


BlueStacks will restart with the saved graphics settings.

To learn how to change the graphics settings for a specific instance directly from the Multi-instance manager, click here.

Thank you for choosing BlueStacks 5. We hope you enjoy using it. Happy Gaming!

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