DirectX 12 support concerns CrossOver on Mac with latest update

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CrossOver 23 on macOS Ventura.

Codeweavers required to its official online forums today to reveal the release of CrossOver 23.0.0, the brand-new variation of its software that intends to make imitating Windows software and video games much easier on macOS, Linux, and ChromeOS systems.

CrossOver 23 has upgraded to Wine 8.0.1, and it's filled with enhancements across all its platforms. The most noteworthy, though, is the addition of DirectX 12 support under macOS via VKD3D and MoltenVK. This marks the first time most Mac users have actually had access to software application that relies on DirectX 12; previously, just DirectX 11 was supported, which chose other software services like Parallels, too.

This new release includes "preliminary support" for geometry shaders and changes feedback on macOS Ventura. Codeweavers claims that will deal with a great deal of problems with "missing graphics or black screens in-game" in titles like MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Octopath Traveler.

All that said, steer clear if you're running the macOS Sonoma beta; the online forum post says that while CrossOver 23 technically runs in Sonoma, "there are absolutely recognized concerns." It's worth pointing out that the public release of Sonoma later this year will consist of brand-new tools for porting games to the Mac that could make extra apps like CrossOver unneeded in some specific instances.

On the Linux side, Codeweavers said it fixed the Xwayland bug, leading to better performance for applications like those in the Microsoft 365 suite. The EA desktop app now works on macOS and Linux, too.

Those are the major improvements in compatibility, however there are a plethora of bug fixes that affect a wide variety of apps like Quicken or Steam. Codeweavers says there are more than 5,000 changes in this update. You can now uninstall applications far more quickly in the CrossOver GUI, too.

These updates are readily available to existing users who have active entitlements to the software and to new users who wish to hand over $74 to get some Windows applications and video games running in emulation on their devices.

Testing it out

The online forum post keeps in mind that Diablo II Resurrected and Diablo IV deal with macOS Ventura with DirectX 12. Before composing this post, I quickly tested Diablo IV through CrossOver 23 on an M1 Max-equipped MacBook Pro and discovered that it dealt with medium to high settings at 1080p with some stuttering.

  • The stuttering makes it far from optimal, however it is mostly playable. Reducing the graphics setting didn't do much to relieve the stuttering, unfortunately. Still, that's much better than absolutely nothing, considered that Diablo III fans (consisting of none other than Whoopi Goldberg) have actually been singing in their disappointment that Diablo IV didn't make its method to Mac as its predecessor did.

    It's also possible that investing a long time in tweaking could relieve the problem; running games well in CrossOver often involves at least a little legwork.

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