Best screensize for faf

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Hi all,

I would like to get some of your experiences regarding optimal screen setups for faf + maybe streaming.

I tried a 32incher but I see the following problems:

  • you need to move head to see all so grasping all takes longer
  • resolution is too high so rescaling needs to take place for HD streaming. check out foleys stream it looks shit as a result

27inch:

  • I find full HD on 27inch ugly you see pixels, and you need to be farther away from the screen and I dont have unlimited desk space. but otherwise its kinda a nice size for a screen. Does 27inch 4k yield a better overview? is it better for faf?
  • are there convienient solutions that allow to rescale the output to HD so that stream viewers in 1920x1080 have a good experience?

24inch:

currently my choice. why: because you see everything at once and it looks decent at 1920x1080 which is the best streaming solution.

@competitive players
is there any benefit to higher resolutions? do you see more, or quicker, or do you have a better overview that can maybe improve your gameplay? asking for a friend.

What are your experiences?

Thanks and regards,
BENNIS

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i use a 27 inch 4k screen at a distance of about 2 foot, i play at 2560 x 1440 res with no ui scaling that seems to be the sweet spot for me

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The software OBS Studio does quite a good job on Windows: it has all kinds of integrations and it is open source. You can easily rescale the output with that software, there are tutorials out there to help you out 🙂 . For more information: https://obsproject.com/

With regard to the screen, that is all personal preference and I have no real opinion on that.

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I have 32' 4K monitor and I play with 1,5 UI scale. No problem and Im surely not moving my head to see stuff.

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@Jip isn't there an issue when dividing by a non multiple of 2? Not sure how smart you can make your scaling algorithm. But 1440p would be an issue then.
Regarding screen ratios. I think a 4:3 monitor would be perfect for playing and you could fill out the sidebars with chat and or minimap in obs when resizing to 16:9 for stream output. But where do you get a modern 4:3 monitor?

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27 inch with 2k resolution is the perfect balance

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Does anyone have experience with the ultra wide screen and FAF?

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35" ultra wide works really nicely with FA, obviously you can see more or use split screen. For streaming purposes might not be optimal like bennis pointed out too.

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looks at my laptop...

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I have a middlin' 34" ultrawide and stream at native 2560x1080p using the NVENC encoder. At the maximum twitch bitrate, it uses <1Mbit/s and any scaling issues are avoided. Yes, people with 4:3 aspect ratio screens are going to get black bars, but that's their problem. I don't stream for money and can't be arsed about subs and bits and whatnot, but it's something to keep in mind if you have a commercial interest in it.

I specifically got a 1080p monitor because I wanted to dual-screen with my old 27"er, but it turns out the setup is just too wide for the nook where I sit. I /should/ have gone for 1280 or more vertical pixels in hindsight, but I can live with it. Needless to say, I could never return to a smaller screen size for FAF, the increased viewport is just so much nicer and improves your situational awareness.

One problem I did have was that the default UI layout is not workable for me - the resource bars at the top left are basically out of your ocular angle and you don't even see it flashing red. MovableUI mod sorted that out for me, I now place my stuff towards the center of the screen and it works well. Even though the mod has some issues, I couldn't go without it even on a smaller screen I think.

Oh - I'm using a GTX970 for playing and encoding and it's powerful enough even at the highest quality settings I can configure. My bottleneck is my processor really - I only have 4c/4t and would recommend at least 4c/8t for creating a quality stream with overlays and allsorts.

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