Glossary:Ultra-widescreen

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Size comparison between an ultra-widescreen (21:9) monitor and a standard widescreen (16:9) monitor.
Size comparison between an ultra-widescreen (21:9) monitor and a standard widescreen (16:9) monitor.

For a list of games, see games with ultra-widescreen support.

Key points

Ultra-widescreen is a term applied to widescreen resolutions that apply a 64:27 (marketed as 21:9) aspect ratio;[1] in contrast to the more widely supported 16:9.
The most common resolution supported is 2560x1080.[2]

More information

Aspect ratio (Wikipedia)
Philips Cinema 21:9 TV (Wikipedia)
21:9 & Ultra-Wide Gaming (WSGF)
List of ultra-widescreen monitors (WSGF)

Properties[edit]

Advantages[edit]

Removes letterboxing from the top and bottom of the screen whilst watching films and cutscenes in certain games.
Ability to split the screen into two or four segments whilst working.[3]

Disadvantages[edit]

Crysis 3 displays in the 21:9 aspect ratio, but its UI is centred and obstructs the player's view.[4]
Crysis 3 displays in the 21:9 aspect ratio, but its UI is centred and obstructs the player's view.[4]
Very few games currently support the 21:9 format, and many will have display glitches.[5]
Aspect ratio not recognized by storage and transmission standards.[6]

Game support and fixes[edit]

Widescreen Gaming Forum (WSGF)[edit]

The WSGF have recently introduced a new set of medals relating to a game's support for the ultra-widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio.
Similarly, the site also contains information on how to force individual games to support the ratio.
This information has now been implemented into the PCGamingWiki video settings table.
The vast majority of games have yet to be rated by the WSGF for their ultra-widescreen support.

PCGamingWiki icons[edit]

PCGamingWiki uses icons in the video settings table to illustrate the level of ultra-widescreen support awarded to a game by the WSGF.
Gold Silver Limited Unsupported Incomplete/Unknown

Icon

WSGF UW Gold.svg WSGF UW Silver.svg WSGF UW Bronze.svg False icon.svg WSGF Incomplete.svg

Description

Equivalent to an A-grade from the WSGF. The game has received a perfect score from the WSGF for its UW support, and is 'Ultra-Widescreen Certified'. Equivalent to a B-grade from the WSGF. The game is without major flaws in its UW support, but has at least one blemish that prevents a perfect score. Equivalent to a C-grade from the WSGF. The game has some level of UW support but has significant practical issues. Equivalent to an unsupported grade from the WSGF. The game may be unplayable in UW, or the image may be stretched to fit the window. Equivalent to an incomplete or unknown grade from the WSGF. Analysis of the game's UW support has not yet been completed.

References

  1. Wikipedia:Philips Cinema 21:9 TV
  2. http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/04/10/aspect-ratios-of-love-can-219-be-a-new-standard-for-gaming/
  3. http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1347957562
  4. http://www.wsgf.org/dr/crysis-3/en
  5. http://dev.dota2.com/showthread.php?t=98068
  6. Wikipedia:Aspect ratio (image)#Previous and currently used aspect ratios