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JaegerCaptain
04-11-2008, 02:35 PM
I tried searching for this, but didn't find anyone that could give an answer:

Is the game locked in letterbox-type aspect ratio? I have a normal monitor (not widescreen) so I get black borders on the top and bottom of my screen. I would prefer it if the game filled my entire screen.

Any way to change this?

caswallawn_2k7
04-11-2008, 02:42 PM
the game was designed for the 360 and PS3 both are made to run on a HDTV and they are all at 16:9 (wide screen) so rather than totaly recode the graphics they will of just kept it the same.

Commander_18
04-11-2008, 04:05 PM
Originally posted by caswallawn_2k7:
the game was designed for the 360 and PS3 both are made to run on a HDTV and they are all at 16:9 (wide screen) so rather than totaly recode the graphics they will of just kept it the same.
Yep, it's a lazy port.... typical isn't it?

Maybe someone will come up with a hack to get rid of the letter box.

caswallawn_2k7
04-11-2008, 04:09 PM
its not realy a lazy port the majority of pc screens now are LCD and either 16:9 or 16:10 so they are just aiming for the same technology that is prety much standard around the time the required spec came out.

Commander_18
04-11-2008, 05:15 PM
Originally posted by caswallawn_2k7:
its not realy a lazy port the majority of pc screens now are LCD and either 16:9 or 16:10 so they are just aiming for the same technology that is prety much standard around the time the required spec came out.
Most wide screen PC screens are 16:10 and not 16:9. 16:9 is a television format.

Besides the game is not a prerendered movie, therefore it should not force letterboxes on you. There should be an option to turn off the letterboxes.

JaegerCaptain
04-11-2008, 05:16 PM
I'm don't agree that the majority of PC monitors are widescreen. I have two LCD monitors and neither are widescreen. They are both excellent monitors, so I don't see a reason to buy new ones.

I'm pretty sure a lot of people have "older" monitors as well, so I don't think you're right. But that's beside the point. A lot of games are ported from console (R6 Vegas, Mass Effect etc.) and this is the first time in the history of computer games that I have seen this issue. So when there is no problem with other ports, I think my question is justified.

dagrommit
04-11-2008, 10:16 PM
Originally posted by caswallawn_2k7:
the majority of pc screens now are LCD and either 16:9 or 16:10

Not even close (http://www.steampowered.com/status/survey.html)



4:3 Aspect Primary Displays (1160485 of 1563507 Total Users (74.22% of Total) )
16:9 Aspect Primary Displays (396190 of 1563507 Total Users (25.34% of Total) )

Commander_18
04-12-2008, 07:19 AM
Originally posted by thegrommit:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by caswallawn_2k7:
the majority of pc screens now are LCD and either 16:9 or 16:10

Not even close (http://www.steampowered.com/status/survey.html)



4:3 Aspect Primary Displays (1160485 of 1563507 Total Users (74.22% of Total) )
16:9 Aspect Primary Displays (396190 of 1563507 Total Users (25.34% of Total) )
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>
That 16:9 category includes all those using 16:10. It's mostly 16:10 users and hardly any 16:9.

caswallawn_2k7
04-12-2008, 07:49 AM
yep its realy acurate


8 cpus 217 0.01 %
30 cpus 1 0.00 %
127 cpus 3 0.00 %

Mulle_DK13
04-12-2008, 08:16 AM
Hit "Menu" on your monitor, and select V-Size XD

dagrommit
04-12-2008, 09:25 AM
Originally posted by caswallawn_2k7:
yep its realy acurate

8 cpus 217 0.01 %


It's entirely possible for a few people to be using skulltrail (http://techreport.com/articles.x/14052) rigs.



30 cpus 1 0.00 %
127 cpus 3 0.00 %


However, 4 obvious hacks out of a million, and you claim that a 75% fullscreen vs 24% widescreen ratio is inaccurate? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Where's your evidence?

drego5
04-12-2008, 09:33 AM
Originally posted by caswallawn_2k7:
yep its realy acurate

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> 8 cpus 217 0.01 %
30 cpus 1 0.00 %
127 cpus 3 0.00 %
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I would surmise that it's referring to each Core as it's own CPU. Meaning, an Intel Core 2 Duo would be listed as 2 CPUs. A Core 2 Quad would be 4 CPUs. Those 3 users with 127 CPUs, could be inferred as being a work computer, like a server. Some people do tend to do improper things from work, like use their computers to play games. *shock* The 8 CPUs could be from either category.

dagrommit
04-12-2008, 09:35 AM
Originally posted by Commander_18:
That 16:9 category includes all those using 16:10. It's mostly 16:10 users and hardly any 16:9.

Yes, it's obvious they were lazy with the label - probably should have called it "widescreen". Big deal.

The numbers were posted to demonstrate that widescreen (whether 16:9 or 16:10) monitors are far from being the majority in use today.

Phreaky_McGeek
04-12-2008, 09:48 AM
8 CPUs isn't uncommon at all. Take a look at the new PowerMac (yeah, it's not a PC but it uses Intel processors and is thus fully compatible with Windows).

Myself and many thousands others have been petitioning for 16:10 support on the 360. If Microsoft somehow manages to remember a little thing called "listening to the consumer" and AC works with 16:10 resolutions, then it's theoretically possible to port it to support 4:3.

Commander_18
04-12-2008, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by Phreaky_McGeek:
8 CPUs isn't uncommon at all. Take a look at the new PowerMac (yeah, it's not a PC but it uses Intel processors and is thus fully compatible with Windows).

Myself and many thousands others have been petitioning for 16:10 support on the 360. If Microsoft somehow manages to remember a little thing called "listening to the consumer" and AC works with 16:10 resolutions, then it's theoretically possible to port it to support 4:3.
There are letterboxes on the 16:10 resolutions as well.

NasherUK
04-18-2008, 11:05 AM
This widescreen only thing is really getting annoying. There is no reason for it other than lazyness on the developer's part.

PC widescreen monitors are 16:10, 16:9 is almost unheard of for a monitor (maybe some very early widescreen ones). Most people are still on 4:3 because a lot of games don't even support widescreen yet.

BTOG46
04-18-2008, 11:12 AM
You could always try this solution someone already posted.
http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=128239#128239