How To Fix the Payday 3 Resolution Issue on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Payday 3 Screenshot

Payday 3 is out now on PC, and things are off to a great start. The PC version has some technical issues though, and we expect a few patches till it’s perfect. This is to be expected at launch, especially in a multiplayer title. If you’re running into the Payday 3 resolution issue where you can’t change it, here is how you can fix that.

Fixing the Payday 3 Resolution Issue

To fix the Payday 3 resolution issue, you need to set the screen and layout in Windows’ display settings to 100%. You can also override the DPI scaling method, or use a custom resolution in the configuration file.

Here are the detailed steps for each method.


Set Scaling to 100%

  • Right-click on your desktop and select Display settings
  • Under Scale and Layout, set the value to 100% (Recommended)
Scale and Layout set to 100%
Scale and layout

This should fix the Payday 3 resolution issue for most players because a lot of Windows users like to use a higher scaling option for higher readability, but that doesn’t always work well with games.


Override DPI Scaling

If the method above didn’t work for you, there are still a few things you can try.

  • Make sure the game isn’t running
  • Open Steam and then your library
  • Here, right-click on Payday3
  • Click Manage
  • Then select Browse local files
Right-click SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake > Manage > Browse local files
Browse local files

This will take you to the location Payday3 is installed.

  • Navigate to the following folders
  • Right-click on PAYDAY3Client-Win64-Shipping.exe  and select Properties
  • Click the Compatibility tab
  • (Optional: Check Disable Fullscreen Optimization)
  • Select Change high DPI Settings
  • Here, check Override High DPI scaling behavior, and make sure that Application is selected in the dropdown
  • Press OK
CosmicShake.exe > Properties > Compatability > Change High DPI Settings > Override > Application
High DPI scaling override


Edit the Configuration File

If the methods above don’t work, you can simply use a custom resolution value to fix the resolution issues.

  • Open Windows Run by either pressing Windows R keys together, or by searching for it in Windows Search
  • Enter the following address, and press OK
PayDay 3 Configuration file location in Run
Payday 3 Configuration file location in Run
  • Open the GameUserSettings.ini file using a text editor like Notepad or Notepad++
  • Scroll down to the bottom, and locate the following variables
  • Set these to your desired resolution. For example, if you want to play at 4K, you can set these at the following:
  • Save the file and exit out

We hope this guide was helpful and you were able to fix the PayDay 3 Resolution issue on your PC. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

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