BioShock Widescreen Slices Vertical View

In a rapidly-expanding thread on the 2K Games forum, reports are coming in that 2K Boston and Australia's just-released shooter BioShock (PC,...

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In a rapidly-expanding thread on the 2K Games forum, reports are coming in that 2K Boston and Australia's just-released shooter BioShock (PC, X360) uses a cropping method for its widescreen display, cutting down on the vertical view rather than expanding the horizontal width (illustrated left). The problem apparently exists for both the PC and Xbox 360 versions, and cannot be fixed with an edit of the game's FOV (field of view) setting. The issue took forum goers by surprise, as 2K Boston lead programmer Chris Kline assured fans last May that BioShock's widescreen view would show more, rather than less.

"The game will render in full 16:9 aspect ratio, with no letterboxing unless your resolution is not true 16:9," Kline said in a thread on the 2K forums. "You will see more in widescreen. We use a different projection matrix; there is no squashing or stretching of the image involved."

Shacknews can confirm that the problem exists in the PC demo of BioShock, and has contacted 2K Games for comment.

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    August 21, 2007 11:06 AM

    The system...is down

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      August 21, 2007 11:12 AM

      this is the reason why I couldn't play halo on the PC, it had a FOV that was ideal for sitting back on your couch several feet away while watching TV. There are certain lvls of FOV that are ideal for your living room on a television, but are absolutely horrible when gaming 2-3 feet from a computer monitor.

      I'm sure they will post a fix when they get back from their vacation. Pity.

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        August 21, 2007 11:34 AM

        Halo 1 didn't bother me so much with that, but Halo 2 on the PC...the FOV is why I stopped playing. It can be a big deal.

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          August 21, 2007 12:35 PM

          Yeah i think the FOV on H2 is something ridiculous like 75. I feel like I'm running around with blinders on. It's why people can just run around behind others forever and never get seen.

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      August 21, 2007 12:10 PM

      Xerxes won't like this.