Dragon Age: Origins - Widescreen check with extreme aspect ratios - Update: 5760 x 1280 Eyefinity video
What does Dragon Age: Origins look like in widescreen resolutions and did Bioware integrate support for Surround-Gaming? The widescreen check gives the answer.
Original article: November 30, 2009
Widecreen resolutions are quite common today and due to Ati Eyefinity and Matrox TripleHead2Go even extreme aspect ratios are used more often. The Widescreen Gaming Forum is almost completely devoted to the topic and its members are testing many new games for their compatibility. Among those titles is for example the RPG Dragon Age: Origins from Ea and Bioware.
User Tanuki took a closer look at version 1.01b of Dragon Age and checked several different screen resolutions and aspect ratios. Postiv for all gamers with a widescreen display is that Bioware decited to expand the horizontal field of view. Thus you see more of the game on the left and right side. While most resolutions are supported natively, it is possible that you have to modify the DragonAge.ini file for special settings as they are used with TripleHead2Go or Eyefinity.
Besides the in-game graphics the widescreen check also covers cutscenes and render sequences as well as HUD and menu stretching. And apparently the developers at Bioware also chose the right solutions again: the sequences are anamorphic and HUD or menus are not stretched at extreme aspect ratios.
But there still is a little drawback: If Dragon Age: Origins is run at surround resolutions the draw distance control respectively the object streaming is not working correctly. While in indoor levels there are no obvious problems, it happens that in outdoor areas vegetation or objects are popping into existence at a certain distance. This is something Bioware will have to fix with a future patch.
In our preview gallery you can find screenshots that illustrate the difference between the individual aspect ratios. More information and pictures can be found in the Dragon Age thread at the Widescreen Gaming Forum.
Update December 3, 2009
AMD has published a video on Youtube that shows Dragon Age: Origins at 5760 x 1280 pixels. The game is run on an Radeon HD 5780 and three displays using the Ati Eyefinity technology. We have to mention though that the noted resolution might possibly be incorrect, since actually the more common combinations would either be 5760 x 1200 (3x 1920 x 1200) or 5760 x 1080 (3x 1920 x 1080).
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