widescreen monitors - worth the expense?

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  1. gargoyle

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    I'm an avid pc gamer and as much as I enjoy using my 19in samsung 913n monitor, the new batch of 19 - 20.5 widescreens look well cool and pricewise, don't break the bank, starting from the region of £190 up or thereabouts, the prospect of playing half life,quake 4 etc in widescreen is too irresistable to pass up but does playing older games mean that the game would have to be cropped/stretched to fill the screen?
    Any happy widescreen users out there who have no regrets?
     
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    The Viewsonic one for £300 from overclockers looks nice...
     
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    Some newer games can be displayed in widescreen resoultion, I say some because from what I've read NFS:MW can't be displayed in 16:9 - and that in my opinion is a fairly new game.

    With older games, it will be very hard to get them to display correctly.

    In the end its a toss up between if you will be gaming most of the times, or doing other stuff? If the answer to that question is gaming, then I would suggest that you stick with 4:3 screens.

    Theres nothing having a great game wrecked by dodgy a resoultion!
     
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    If you go to widescreengamingforum.com there is a small app you can download to allow custom widescreen resolutions in NFS - well worth doing.

    The same site also lists which games support ws and which can be hacked to support widescreen.
     
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    Yes, I know about the hack, my point was that not all new games have support for widescreen resoultions. They should have widescreen resoultion by default, and the games shouldn't have to be hacked.
     
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    To my knowledge most EA games dont support wide screen! But most Ea games are utter **** anyway it does not really matter.

    Why not get a widescreen monitor and keep the 19" 4:3 and run dual screens, one for 4:3 one for 16:9 or would that be just silly? Yes i would look and feel strange at first but you would get used to it.
     
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    I've got a Dell 2405fpw and it's one of the best things I've ever bought for my PC. HL2 just looked amazing on it and WoW looks great too.
     
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    I know that Grand Prix Legends (one of the very few games from 1998 still worth playing) can be altered to output a widescreen resolution, and most of the hardcore racing sims are fine with whatever resolution your desktop is at.

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    They may not be supported but they mostly can be hacked. The point is you can play in 16:10 in 99.9% of games now. Wether it has to be hacked or not is irrelevant for the most part, as long as you can get it working, that is what matters.

    The problem with Ea is that they say adding a custom widescreen res in fps is an 'advantage' to online gamers as they have more fov. Kinda craps out when you hack it....imo as majority of widescreen gamers have hacked the games to run in true 16:10, then they may as well support that aspect. But I have more chance of seeing pigs fly.

    To OP. Go for it. Majority of gamers that have gone ws will tell you it is the best pc purchase they have made. Tou will need a pretty powerful pc behind it tho to run a res of 1680x1050 + with eye candy.
     
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    So if you have a game like Battlefield 1942 which is purely 4 by 3,

    playing this on a widescreen monitor will stretch the game?

    or will it place back borders on the right and left of the picture?

    And if it stretches it, does it look funny?
     
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    If you use the ingame settings yeah. Luckily for us ws users some bright spark has been ableto give us BF2 in ws glory with correct FOV, meaning no stretching.

    Just had a look at the widescreen gaming forum and you can play 1942 in ws with correct fov also, again no stretching :)
     
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    That is clever

    What about other games like Command and Conquer Generals, or aoe3. Can these do widescreen?
     
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    This is the widescreen gamers bible...

    http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=32

    Stick any game in the search and if it is 'hackable', it will most likely be there.

    You'll find alot of the older games won't be possible tho. Especially non 3d games.

    EDIT - C&C Generalss is do-able, and aoe2, so I'd assume that 3 is either supported straight up, or will also be do-able. Not my kinda games so don't know a fat lot about them.
     
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    Thanks for that

    I have seen there for the first time Command and Conquer Generals in Wide Screen mode. It looks really good

    There was a problem though that someone said they couldn't play online because it caused an error
     

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    How? The solution on that forum just cuts the top and botton of the screen off, it doesnt adjust FOV.
     
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    If its the solution of adding the custom res to the .exe target string then I never knew it chopped the screen.

    Looks mint anyway :thumbsup:
     
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    you always have the option of running a 4:3 resolution at below native res and living with the black bars of course. you would only be losing a fraction of screen size comparted to your current 19".

    I personally can't wait to go from my old Belinia 19" crt to a modern widescreen TFT. A Dell 2407 is looking very tempting later in the year...
     

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