Ultra-wide or NOT Ultra-wide?

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Hi Guys,

I'm thinking of picking up an ultra-wide screen as an upgrade to my old BenQ 27".

I have managed to find what i believe to be a good deal with the Acer Predator 35" in the black Friday sales.

My problem at this point however is that i am concerned how games that don't support ultra-wide will fare on an ultra-wide screen. I have tried googling this and cannot find anything that helps me with this.

Are any of you able to let me know what I can expect?

I am running on a 2070 super so graphically my PC should be OK, I just don't want to lock myself out of some games due to no support.

Thanks in advance!
 
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I've had an AW3418 for a while now and not had any issues with games on UW format. Worst case they just run in non UW format and you have two black abrs either side. (Fallout4 being one of them until you optimise it through GeForce experience).

Immersion is great, really handy for multiple windows on the same screen, probably my preferred format now although I'm taking a hit by changing it out for a 27 so I can go 4k.
 
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Games that don't support it at all just revert back to a 16:9 aspect ratio and you have black bars either side, which sound irritating but after a minute or two I never even notice it. I play Starcraft 2 a lot and you cannot play that in UW (at least on the ladder anyway, you can get a mod to play the campaigns in UW) and it really doesn't bother me at all.

Then there are games that whilst they might not explicitly support it there are often mods to get them to run in UW, through things like Flawless Widescreen. To be honest most modern games do support it natively now so its mostly an issue for older games and as I say most of these can be modded to support it.

Then there are those that natively support it and look absolutely amazing as a result, I absolutely love the UW form factor and am finding it a bit weird having to use my 16:9 display as my UW is currently in the process of being RMA'd due a fault.

So worst case scenario its black bars but that relatively rare. Best case is native support which is amazing to play, and then in the middle you might need to mod some games to force UW support. So it's a compromise for some games but with UW monitors becoming increasingly popular it's pretty much a given that anything coming out now will natively support UW resolutions.
 
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Games that don't support it at all just revert back to a 16:9 aspect ratio and you have black bars either side, which sound irritating but after a minute or two I never even notice it. I play Starcraft 2 a lot and you cannot play that in UW (at least on the ladder anyway, you can get a mod to play the campaigns in UW) and it really doesn't bother me at all.

Then there are games that whilst they might not explicitly support it there are often mods to get them to run in UW, through things like Flawless Widescreen. To be honest most modern games do support it natively now so its mostly an issue for older games and as I say most of these can be modded to support it.

Then there are those that natively support it and look absolutely amazing as a result, I absolutely love the UW form factor and am finding it a bit weird having to use my 16:9 display as my UW is currently in the process of being RMA'd due a fault.

So worst case scenario its black bars but that relatively rare. Best case is native support which is amazing to play, and then in the middle you might need to mod some games to force UW support. So it's a compromise for some games but with UW monitors becoming increasingly popular it's pretty much a given that anything coming out now will natively support UW resolutions.

Amazing, thanks for the feedback and help.

Order placed and should arrive by Monday!

Disappointed I couldn't get it through OCUK :(
 
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Yeh, good decision to get UW.

I'd never willingly go back to a 16:9 monitor on the PC.

I bought Horizon New Dawn for the PS4 and it's brilliant, great game.

Double dipped and got it for the PC and it's even better in UW, 21:9 is just so immersive.

Most modern games (that aren't Japanese) support UW, and the odd one that doesn't usually have a work around.
 
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I have a 3440x1440 and a 2070S. The 2070S will happily run most games at good frame rates, only some really difficult to drive games like Monster Hunter will you be only just achieving 60fps. But that's in Ultra without DLSS. Talking about that game, when it first came out it didn't support UW and so I played with black lines down the side. It's fine! You get used to it quickly. Why is it even considered a problem? In fact most games support UW or can be tweaked to or you just play with the black lines.
I got UW when they very first appeared. I really I think many gamers are a cautious lot and try to find reasons why you don't want to get one, but these are mostly people who haven't even tried UW. Once you get one you will never go back. You are in for a real treat in my opinion. They are awesome.
 
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Just bought a 34” ultra wide curved screen. Was worried it was too big and also 21:9 but it’s spot on. I only sit a foot or two away and no issues. Even older games are happy with the wide resolution but like others have said worst case you get black bars and how’s that worse than a smaller monitor anyway?

only issue I would highlight, is things like Netflix only display say max 1080p so you’ll get a reduced image size on full res on the ultra wide. Unless you pay for the 4K Netflix subscription which supports higher resolutions
 
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Yeh, good decision to get UW.

I'd never willingly go back to a 16:9 monitor on the PC.

I bought Horizon New Dawn for the PS4 and it's brilliant, great game.

Double dipped and got it for the PC and it's even better in UW, 21:9 is just so immersive.

Most modern games (that aren't Japanese) support UW, and the odd one that doesn't usually have a work around.
The only thing that could tempt me back to 16:9 would be a decently sized, maybe 27-32" OLED that wasn't extortionate.
 
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What is everyone’s reason for going 1440p ultrawide and not 4K 16:9?

4K is harder to drive in terms of pushing pixels, the form factor is different and although it's a personal preference I really like it which ties into productivity too as I really find it great for work too. Obviously there are those who don't like 21:9 so it's largely down to personal preference/usage case I think.
 
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I’m torn at the mo as I’m using an old LG 4K 60hz monitor with my 3080. I like the pixel density but I’ve been quite taken by the 21:9 ratio purely for gaming. My only concern is drop in resolution.
 
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I’m torn at the mo as I’m using an old LG 4K 60hz monitor with my 3080. I like the pixel density but I’ve been quite taken by the 21:9 ratio purely for gaming. My only concern is drop in resolution.

Higher refresh rate trumps higher pixel density for me any day of the week as far as gaming is concerned. For productivity I'm more than happy with 1440 pixel height at the moment.
 
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Oh I appreciate that, I’m only using the 4K 60hz as a back up (my 1440p 160hz ASUS was returned for a refund due to screen issues) I’ve enjoyed the higher resolution. So my dilemma is ultimately choosing between the LG27gn950 or the 34gn850 (or equivalent) as both offer good refresh rates
 
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Ahh gotcha. I think the holy grail would be higher res and faster refresh rates but the're just too pricey at the moment, for me anyway. At least with proper HDR etc
 
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What is everyone’s reason for going 1440p ultrawide and not 4K 16:9?

4K is harder to drive and, I am not sure I can put this in to words that make sense, the 16:9 format just doesn't work above a certain size in my opinion. When you are sat close to a monitor, extra width seems normal, but extra height does not.
 
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4K is harder to drive and, I am not sure I can put this in to words that make sense, the 16:9 format just doesn't work above a certain size in my opinion. When you are sat close to a monitor, extra width seems normal, but extra height does not.

Well we do naturally have much wider vision that we do height wise so it makes sense in that respect. Look at cinema that was/is 2.35(9):1 and clearly that looks way better than 16:9 or even 21:9, it just needs the right content. Throw the right content as a UW and it's just so different to 16:9, in a good way.

Obviously we would all love both the increased resolution of 4K and UW but there are clearly limitation for most people. Pros and cons to both, I personally prefer the 21:9 over 4K as it just feels more natural to me but it's horses for courses of course.
 
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Well we do naturally have much wider vision that we do height wise so it makes sense in that respect. Look at cinema that was/is 2.35(9):1 and clearly that looks way better than 16:9 or even 21:9, it just needs the right content. Throw the right content as a UW and it's just so different to 16:9, in a good way.

Obviously we would all love both the increased resolution of 4K and UW but there are clearly limitation for most people. Pros and cons to both, I personally prefer the 21:9 over 4K as it just feels more natural to me but it's horses for courses of course.

Yes, the 4K width ( 3840 ) UW are a bit expensive at the moment but give them another year and they will be more reasonable.
 
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