Ideas to Fix Blurry and Washed Out Graphics in Games

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If your games look blurry and not as pretty as they should, even though you have a fancy graphics card like an AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT or a 7800 XT, the problem might not always be the game itself. There are a bunch of reasons why this could be happening. This article is going to help you figure out what’s up and give you some tips to make your games look sharper. We’re mainly talking about issues with the AMD Radeon RX 6000 or 7000 series cards.

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Blurry and Washed Out Graphics in Games with AMD Radeon

Check your display setup

Playing at native resolution

A common oopsie is not playing games at the native resolution of your monitor. For example, playing on a 4K monitor but at a lower resolution will make the image look blurry. Make sure your game’s resolution matches your display’s for the best look.
Playing at native resolution to fix blurry images in games

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Monitor and GPU color profiles

If your monitor and GPU are not speaking the same color language, your games might look washed out. AMD GPUs usually talk in a full RGB color language (0-255), but if your monitor or TV only understands a limited range (16-235) and gets a full range signal, things can look off. Make sure your monitor’s settings are on the same page as your GPU’s output.
Changing monitor color profile to full or limited RGB

Fullscreen mode

Another thing to check is if you’re playing in fullscreen mode. Some games start in a borderless windowed mode, which can mess with resolution and sharpness. Switching to exclusive fullscreen mode can often give you a better, clearer image.
Full screen mode in game

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In-game settings and optimization

Anti-aliasing and image sharpening

Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TAA) can make your game look softer, which might seem blurry. If TAA is on, try adjusting the image sharpening feature in the AMD Radeon Software to make things look crisper. Bumping up the sharpness and playing with saturation and contrast can really help.
AMD Radeon Software Sharpness Setting

Also, trying a different anti-aliasing method or lowering the anti-aliasing level, like Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing (FXAA), might give you a clearer picture compared to TAA.

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Disabling bloom and screen space reflections

Some in-game effects like screen space reflections can make the game look grainy or blurry. Turning it off can help if you don’t really need it.

Bloom effect adds a glow around light sources in games but can also make things look washed out. Turning off bloom might make the image pop more and look less blurry.
Game Bloom Settings

FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR)

AMD’s FSR helps your game run smoother by playing at a lower resolution and then pretending it’s your display’s resolution. It might make things less sharp, but using AMD’s Image Sharpening with FSR can make a big difference.
FidelityFX Super Resolution Settings

Radeon Boost and Chill

Some features like Radeon Boost and Radeon Chill try to make your game run smoother but might blur things a bit. If things look fuzzy when these are on, you might want to turn them off.
Radeon Boost, Chill and Anti-Lag Settings

Radeon Anti-Lag

Radeon Anti-Lag is mainly for making your game respond faster, but some folks say it also makes their game look sharper. You can turn it on in the Radeon Software under the Gaming tab.

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Graphics software settings

AMD Radeon Software filters

Sometimes, the default settings in the AMD Radeon Software can mess with how your game looks. Check if any filters like sharpening or color adjustments are on and tweak them if needed.

Ensuring GPU and game API compatibility

Switching between graphics APIs in your game settings (like Vulkan to DX12) can change how good or bad your game looks and performs. Some game engines are best friends with certain APIs, so playing around with these settings can help find the best look and performance for your game.
Play with Vulkan or DX12 for games

Addressing specific games and engines

Some games or game engines naturally look a bit blurry or have a certain style that makes them look softer. It’s important to know that not all visual issues can be fixed with settings if they’re part of the game’s design.

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Other tips to fix blurry graphics in games

Utilizing built-in game sharpening settings

If the game has its own sharpening settings, use those instead of the GPU’s software options. They’re usually more suited to that game.
Sharpening Settings in game

Playing at a lower resolution

Even though the AMD Radeon RX 6000 and 7000 series are powerful, they might not handle everything perfectly at the highest settings. Playing at a slightly lower resolution, like 1440p, might give you a smoother experience with clearer visuals.

Finding the right resolution for your games

While 4K gaming is all the rage, not every setup can handle it without some compromises. It’s key to find a balance between resolution and other settings for a sharp look without losing smooth gameplay.

Potential display issues

A problem with your display can also make your games look blurry. If you have another monitor and the issue isn’t there, you might need to check for hardware problems or settings on your main display.
How to tell if your monitor is dying

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Summing things up

Blurry and washed-out graphics in games can often be fixed by double-checking your settings, like making sure your display’s resolution matches the game’s and tweaking in-game settings for a clearer look. However, keep in mind that some games are made to look a certain way on purpose, and not all visual quirks can be tweaked away. It’s also a good idea to see if other gamers are having the same issue and what they recommend doing about it.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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