Hello all. I know very few people here will be gaming on an ultra wide monitor. I would like to post my insights AS WELL AS ask for some technical help in relation to such wide monitors and gw2.
I bought a 49" ultrawide curved gaming monitor. 120htz, super high def, basically the best on the market (or what I could find in new zealand), cost about $2000nzd.
Now I will start off my saying this; apex legends runs like an absolute beast. The wide field of view literally makes you feel like you have eyes on the side of your head. There are no quality drops except for numbers when you hit someone that are stretched horizontally.
For guild wars 2 however, the experience was slightly less amazing. While the game on such an ultra wide monitor still looks amazing, the sides of the monitor are noticeably stretched.. not a lot, but still not normal. It's definitely still beautiful though. In this regard, having the un broken landscape of a monitor far outweighs the triple monitor setups that I have seen, by a long shot.
Coming from a 32" monitor I could tell however, how "short" the monitor felt. This is probably just years of being on that monitor; would probably get used it it after a few days. It is a pity however that such wide monitors are so short. I hear that in a year or two, they will start to be made higher (effectively stitching 2 32" monitors together instead of the 27" ones). But the quality of the ulteawide, alongside the total immersion experience again outweighs the short feeling.
Character selection was where it was a huge problem. The character selection screen would only display the torso portion of my char characters, cutting off at the jaw on the top, and knees/feet at the bottom. It happened with all races except asura. All other Ui in the character select was as normal. I did some research and apparently there is no fix for this unless anet does some fixes for ultra wide in selection screen. Load screens only used the middle part of the monitor too, effectively displaying what a 27" one would display (quality was fine though).
Side note - My biggest problem with the monitor was how bad quality video players were on it. HD videos would play on low quality, very fuzzy and obviously 480p even when I made 100000% sure that it was set to 4k, 1080, or even 720. And some websites such as Netflix, and also select videos from YouTube were clipped off, requiring scrolling up and down to "see" the screen.
I wonder if any one has input/experiences with these kinds of monitors? For guild wars, character selection screen aside, I was a little disappointed in the stretching that occurred at the sides, even if it was minimal.
I am aware that this is basically relevant to maybe like 50 people out there in the world, but am still curious and grateful to hear your thoughts/experiences. I hope I don't come off as bragging either. I'm 27 and have played on PC since I was 12. Not a single time have I played on anything above 60htz, even for fps games! So this year I have decided to just go hard at work, save up a lot of money and basically buy the best that money can buy. I have been playing on like 20fps in wvw for too long... less sometimes. It's about time to upgrade from 60htz, and gw2 is such a beautiful game.
Also if there are any anet devs reading this, could you please fix the loading screen for ultra wide monitor users .