CrossOver

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CrossOver is a proprietary Windows compatibility layer for macOS based on Wine made by developers CodeWeavers. CrossOver modifies Wine, adding compatibility patches, a user-friendly interface and technical support.

Availability[edit]

CrossOver is initially available with a 14-day trial. Remember to use the coupon code APPLEGAMINGWIKI for 25% off the cost of the purchase.

Then CrossOver can be purchased in three editions:

  • CrossOver One - which is the current version of the software.
  • CrossOver Pro - which gives 12 months of upgrades and phone support with a discounted renewal price.
  • CrossOver Life - which gives lifetime access to all future versions and unlimited email and phone support.

It is normally recommended to purchase CrossOver Pro, as the major versions of CrossOver offer major changes which one may miss out on if stuck to the CrossOver One version at the time of purchase.

Nightly builds are available for BetterTesters, CodeWeaver's beta testing program.

It is also possible to compile Wine games using other methods for free, for example PortingKit or Wineskin.

Game launchers[edit]

CrossOver is capable of running many Windows games installed via exe files (for example DRM-free installers downloaded from GOG.com). However the support for actual game library platforms is currently limited. These platforms are supported:

  • Steam
  • Ubisoft Connect

Epic Games Launcher[edit]

Legendary[edit]

  • Epic Games Launcher via Legendary : Epic games Launcher can be Installed via a command line tool called Legendary. This can be downloaded as a file from their GitHub Repository and can be added to path to invoke the CLI tool. Login to your Epic Games Account via legendary auth and use legendary list-games to view your library. After you install a game, add it to crossover via the "Run Command..." Option and navigating to /Users/<username>/legendary/<game folder> and locating the .exe file. The location may vary based on the game.

Heroic[edit]

Heroic is a GUI front-end for Legendary.
  1. Install Heroic Games Launcher macOS build
  2. Install Rocket League
  3. Install CrossOver 21, created new Heroic Windows 7 x64 Bottle called Heroic
  4. Install dependencies into Heroic bottle:
    1. Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 (10.0) Redistributable (64 bit)
    2. Microsoft XML Parser (MSXML) 3.0
    3. DirectX for Modern Games
    4. Core Font
    5. Enable DXVK tick (Ctrl+click on Heroic bottle, go to Settings)
  5. Link the wine file within /Applications/CrossOver.app/Contents/SharedSupport/CrossOver/CrossOver-Hosted Application/wine
  6. In Heroic, 'Custom Wine/Proton Paths' and set Wine version to custom
  7. Blank out WinePrefix folder in Settings and within game settings
  8. Essential: Ctrl+click on Heroic bottle, rename to 'default' (this is due to hardcoded paths)

Origin[edit]

Download the CrossOver Origin install script.

  1. Create a new Windows 7 x64 bit bottle in CrossOver called 'Origin'
  2. Click Install a Windows Application and install Origin
  3. In the Origin installer set the path to the C:\Origin\ folder (do not press install yet)
  4. Download the script into the /Application Support/CrossOver/ folder
  5. Run the script by opening Terminal and navigating to /Application Support/CrossOver/ and starting the CrossOver_Origin.sh script
  6. Whilst the script is running, complete the Origin install
  7. This script must be re-run whenever Origin requires an update

Recommended settings[edit]

DirectX for Modern Games[edit]

DirectX 11[edit]

DirectX 11 support can be enabled by toggling DXVK.

Enable DXVK
  1. Click Bottles icon
  2. Ctrl + click Bottle
  3. Enable Settings - Enable DXVK Backend D3D11

Esync[edit]

Enable Esync
  1. Click Bottles icon
  2. Ctrl + click Bottle
  3. Enable Settings - Enable Performance Enhanced Synchronization (ESync)

Framerate tracking[edit]

Steam overlay[edit]

Steam overlay is part of Steam preferences and some games launches through Steam can display the game's framerate. However many games run through Steam do not necessarily correctly launch the Steam overlay.

DXVK HUD[edit]

  • Only works when DXVK is enabled and a DirectX 10 or 11 game is running.
  • Can cause graphical issues in some games, e.g. Dishonored 2.
  1. Navigate to ~/Library/Application Support/CrossOver/Bottles/<bottle name>
  2. Ctrl+click cxbottle.conf and open with TextEdit or another text editor
  3. At the bottom of the file add "DXVK_HUD" = "1" and save

trdrop[edit]

It is possible to take raw footage and analyse using an application like trdrop.