Why do some video game and computer program graphical options have to be “applied” manually while others change the instant you change the setting?

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Why do some video game and computer program graphical options have to be “applied” manually while others change the instant you change the setting?

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While technical issues do play a role, it often comes down to usability. Do you really want to scroll through 20 different resolution presets and apply the changes every single time immediately? Or load new geometry every time you adjust the details? Probably not, use a button instead. But now your menu becomes inconsistent because you need the apply-button for 2-3 settings and nothing else. Inconsistency is one of your worst enemies, so let’s not do that. If you want to be really sneaky, you can add an “apply and back” button and rename it to something else.

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