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]

Allows to see more of the game world at once.
Removes letterboxing from the top and bottom of the screen while watching films and cutscenes in certain games.
Ability to split the screen into two or four segments while working.[3]
For games that give a zoomed in (Vert-) image, if FOV is adjustable it can be adjusted to compensate and give a proper Hor+ true ultrawide image.
If a game does not properly support ultra-widescreen resolutions, on most ultra-widescreen monitors the game can often still be played in a pillarboxed 16:9 or 4:3 resolution. This may involve using GPU scaling in the GPU driver settings to prevent stretching to fit the screen, and in some cases using a custom resolution.

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]
Aspect ratio not recognized by storage and transmission standards.[5]
Many games, especially older or lower budget titles, either do not support ultrawide resolutions, use Vert- to zoom in on a standard 4:3 or 16:9 image to fill the screen, or simply stretch a 4:3 or 16:9 image to fit the screen instead of giving a true ultrawide image.
Unlike Vert- games, if the game simply stretches a non-ultrawide image, FOV can be adjusted to create a wider image and approximate Hor+ but the proportions will still be somewhat off.
For Vert- games in which FOV cannot be adjusted, at ultra-widescreen resolutions the FOV may be so zoomed in that it seriously impacts gameplay.

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.

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