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Old 07-08-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Monitors: upscaling vs native

Would like some thoughts on the following.

Let's say I am running a game at 1080p on a 27 inch 16:9 monitor.

Will it look as good on 1440p monitor after it has been upscaled to fill the whole screen, as it would on a native 1080p 27 inch monitor .

They would both be displaying 1080p images over 27 inches after all.


The reason I ask is that I find text in some games can be just a little too small on my 19 inch 5:4 monitor running at its native 1280x1024 res.

Now if I upgraded to a 27 inch 1080p monitor the text that is slightly too small on my current monitor at native res would be physically larger in terms of real world inches, on the new monitor at its native res. This is a good thing.

Whereas if I upgrade to a 27 inch 1440p monitor the text will of course become physically even smaller than it is now, and maybe crossover from "eyestrain inducing" to "unreadable".

But often dropping the resolution in game can make the text bigger hence my wondering about the IQ of the two monitor situations described above.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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That would depend on the monitor. I've seen some that handled lower rez ok, but to me it was still "meh." I haven't seen every monitor, but I haven't seen an lcd one that looked as good as when it's running at it's native resolution. Yes, the text is usually larger at lower rez, but everything isn't as sharp. I'd prefer to sit closer and take more breaks, now and then.

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Old 07-08-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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if its a 1440p native monitor, it will stretch the image with a 1080 signal
and it will look blurry or not as sharp
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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You could adjust font stuff in windows and see whether it helps with the text size (to 125% for example).

Otherwise, upscaling generally looks bad on non-crt monitors.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:09 PM   #5
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Zoom is better than upscaling.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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LCD image scaling will, without exception, look like . It may even blur the text and make it harder to read.


Fiddle with Windows DPI settings and that should help.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:19 PM   #7
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Always run an LCD at native resolution for text. It just doesn't work well at any res other than that.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:34 PM   #8
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Yes, native res is always best. If you need to zoom quickly, use Winkey plus - or + keys to enable the Magnifier and control your zoom in/out.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:17 PM   #9
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why not just change the font size in windows?
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:05 AM   #10
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I use windows XP and changing the windows DPI setting does nothing in games.

With some games, such as Half-Life 2 or Hitman Blood Money, the only way to make the text bigger that I know of is to make the resolution smaller.

Is this different in Win 7 or 8? Will changing DPI make ingame text appear bigger?
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:25 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CigamMechanic View Post
I use windows XP and changing the windows DPI setting does nothing in games.

With some games, such as Half-Life 2 or Hitman Blood Money, the only way to make the text bigger that I know of is to make the resolution smaller.

Is this different in Win 7 or 8? Will changing DPI make ingame text appear bigger?
Ingame text scaling is up to the game dev. Nothing to do with
Microsoft and any Windows settings.

The lack of scaling options does reveal though that game devs still suck when it comes to making their games accessible. So many game still lack colour and controller options to support players with disabilities and the text scaling is just another to add to the list.
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:45 PM   #12
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Yes it will "just as good" or good enough that you shouldn't be able to distinguish between one displaying at 1920x1080 native and 1920x1080 scaled unless you look *real* closely. While ideally you should use the native resolution of the monitor, it's not necessary. Even if text is oh-so-slightly blurred or out-of-focus, if you can read it easier than text displayed at a monitors native resolution, it's still easier on the eyes and causes less eye-strain.

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