The pixel resolution that the game displays in, or can be displayed in if there are multiple.

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Why do games ask for screen resolution instead of automatically fitting the window size?

It seems to me that it would be more logical, reusable and user-friendly to implement flexible, responsive UI layout over a 3d or 2d screen, which can then be run on any screen resolution. Some ...
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What should I keep in mind when making 2D games for multiple resolutions?

I'm making a 2D (Android) game. Android devices vary quite a lot in screen resolution; what do I need to keep in mind when making my game? Do I need to keep big versions of all images and scale down ...
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Coding for a really, really high-resolution display array

I've been tasked with building a real time "full screen" demo to run on a 5x2 array of 60+ inch LED TVs: or, in other words, a 20 megapixel display. We've got a machine built that can run a single ...
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How can I develop my Android game for different phone resolutions?

For instance, the Motorola Droid is as wide as the G1, but has more height. Should I try to spread the UI out across the extra height found on the Motorola Droid? How do others handle this problem? ...
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Android: Angry Birds Scaling

Anyone have any idea how the scaling is accomplished in angry birds? I want to make sure my images/background always scale to match the screensize and this game seems to have a similar effect. I ...
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Common pattern to scale “real units” to pixels?

This is a follow-up question to this other one. I would like to know if there is a common/typical/best pattern to scale my representation of the world (currently 160Kmx160Km) to fit it to the drawing ...
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How do I make a resolution independent system?

I'm blanking on this one. I can anchor stuff on edges of course, that would make my UI resolution independent...until it changes so much that the graphics are too small. How do I scale appropriately ...
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Scaling HUD with variable resolution

I'm unsure as to what people prefer when it comes to HUDs, and scaling them. What would you say is the best practice when it comes to sizing the HUD? I'm thinking there's really two options: Scale up, ...
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OpenGL: Resizing Display and glOrtho/glViewport

I have researched this question from several sources and have yet to find a firm answer saying that "yes that is correct thinking" or "no, here is how it's done." I am trying to ensure resolution ...
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How do I make a 2D game resolution independent?

I'm working on a simple 2D game. I've finished the mobile phone version. However, my boss wants the game to works on his RT. I'm doing the "conversion" but my buttons are in the wrong places, because ...
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How do I make Windows store recognize multiple resolutions?

I'm currently developing a XNA Game for Windows phone 8, it works with every emulator resolution (WXGA, WVGA, 720p). However, when I upload the XAP to the Windows phone store it tells me that only ...
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Resolution Independent 2D Rendering in XNA

I am trying to figure out the best way to render a 2d game at any resolution. I am currently rendering the game at 1920x1200. I am trying scale the game to any user selected resolution without ...
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List of resolutions

I'm looking for some sort of list with most common game resolutions my game should support. Regards!
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building a game for different resolution phones

I am starting some tests for building a game on the Android program. So far everything is working and seems nice. However I do not understand how to make sure my game looks correct on all phones as ...
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Is it a good idea to make a game for one aspect ratio and arbitrary screen resolution?

After several very small games I have decided to make something more standalone (2D) and playable. However, I have met the problem of every game that is going to be played in more screen resolutions. ...
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Should I distribute different versions of the same game for different mobile platforms?

I'm currently making a game on the Android platform. I don't know whether to do a "smartphone edition" and a "tablet edition" or simply to do one edition. If I put high definition textures, the users ...
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Resolution Independent

I am developing a game with XNA and I am a little desperate with resolutions. For now I have only implemented the main menu but I want to get a game that is independent of the resolution. As I am a ...
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Resolution problems when porting a Unity game to Android

So, I'm porting a game to the Android for the first time in Unity3D. And I've run in to a few problems along the way. My current problem is the resolution doesn't seem to be right, it cuts off the ...
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Most common resolution used in Android phones as of 2013 [closed]

Before making an Android app, I want to know what screen resolutions I should target. I know there are resolutions of 1280x800, 1280x720 and 800x480, but I would like to know which are most common. ...
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How do I support variable screen ratios using AndEngine?

When displaying a background, AndEngine produces black bars above the image on certain devices. How do I support variable screen ratios for different devices using AndEngine?
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Multiple resolutions for Unity 2D Android game

I'm trying to target as many devices as possible by providing a consistent experience. So I'm trying to make sure the aspect ratio fits each device it's played on. After reading some forums and ...
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Minimum target resolution for a desktop PC/Mac Game?

Lets assume I start a new PC/Mac desktop (not netbook) game today that will take something like one year to be released publicly and that is a lot about graphic details (not realistics, just ...
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Optimum Screen Resolutions [closed]

Most PC games nowadays obviously come with the standard option to change the game's resolution from between 640x480 to 1920x1080 on average, depending on your monitor and whether or not you are ...
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Scaling a game view with letterboxes?

I'm creating an Android game and I want everyone who plays it -- no matter the size or shape of their screen -- to see the same 480x800 playfield but, depending on the actual resolution of their ...
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Regarding sprite design and resolution for tablets and phones

I am about to start working on a game for android devices, in my spare time, to get familiar with android development. I'm more interested in using the best practices possible than getting a quick ...
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Setting density for Android game

I am developing an Android game, in which a ball (bitmap) translates( is in motion). So I have provided motion equations for the ball. I have checked my app on Samsung galaxy S2 whose actual density ...
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With Slick, how to change the resolution during gameplay?

I am developing a tile-based strategy game using Java and the Slick API. So far so good, but I've come to a standstill on my options menu. I have plans for the user to be able to change the ...
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Yet another libGDX resolution independance question

I am developping a Android smartphone game in LibGDX, and I am encountering issues about resolution managing. Most notably, I have no clue how to handle that in LibGDX. For now, I am developping ...
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Direct3D 11: Changing fullscreen resolution does not work

In my application I can switch back and forth between windowed and fullscreen mode using IDXGISwapChain::SetFullscreenState. When the WM_SIZE is handled, IDXGISwapChain::ResizeBuffers is called in ...
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How can I replicate the look and limitations of the Super NES?

I am looking to produce graphics with the same limitations / look that in the Super Nes era. I am specifically looking for graphics similar to Chrono Trigger / FF6. It would be a lot easier to do if ...
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Fitting tilemap to any screen resolution

My game is a 2D Single-Screen (i.e. non-scrolling) platformer for Android, but the question here doesn't require a code-specific answer. Basically it's easier for me to show the problem using a ...
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Keeping Aspect Screen Ratio While Stays in Center

I sqw and I tried this suggestion on PISTACHIO BRAINSTORMIN* on how to make a good and adaptive screen ration. For every different screen size, let's say I put the perfect circle as a Texture in ...
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How to make OpenGL rendering resolution independent from its window context resolution?

Can the rendering resolution of OpenGL and the window size (at least for the Windows OS) be separated? For example, I may only want to render at 400x300 resolution, but I want my window size to be ...
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Simple OpenGL program major slow down at high resolution

I have created a small OpenGL 3.3 (Core) program using freeglut. The whole geometry is two boxes and one plane with some textures. I can move around like in an FPS and that's it. The problem is I face ...
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Would seam carving/liquid rescale make changing aspect ratios easier?

Seam carving is an algorithm which allows for resizing images without major distortions. I think it might help to make games which would adapt to different aspect ratios/resolutions much easier. But ...
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Should my assets match my reference resolution?

I'm confused over supporting multiple resolutions in my 2D game. I'm currently working with a reference resolution of 1280x720. That means that all elements are positioned in a 1280x720 coordinate ...
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Support for different resolutions in a tabletop environment

Right now I am experimenting with XAML and C# to write a small Windows Store App which supports displaying a playmat with cards. However not everyone uses the same resolution and with a somehow fixed ...
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How do I determine color resolution of an output in DXGI/D3D?

i'm was revising some code i wrote some time ago when working on the window wrapper for my rendering framework. The framework is based off DirectX, but it wasn't really using any D3D-related facility. ...
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How do game developers make their game available for most of the resolutions?

I'm developing a game with Java using Slick2D and I want to make a game that could target all the recommended resolutions, as you can see in almost every game you could have an option of changing the ...
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Resolution independence - resize on the fly or ship all sizes?

My game relies heavily on textures of various sizes with some being full-screen. The game is targeted for multiple resolutions. I found that resizing textures (downsizing) works quite well for this ...
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C# different resolutions compatible application

Can you give me a quick tour for an application which has to work in different resolutions. It's a game, with lot's of graphics and images and effects. We are using C#. The game is simple 2D, looking ...
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Maintaining frame rate while using many High Resolution models

I have shelves "made of" steel rods as a 3D-file. So a lot of virtual metal rods make up a cage. When cloning this in unity a few times even my fast computer can only show this in a choppy way. But ...
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Doubling the DPI with a shader?

I'm developing a game where the map is generated with Perlin Noise, but on the CPU. I am generating some perlin noise onto a texture with a small size, and then I stretch it out to the whole screen to ...
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Scaling and new coordinates based off screen resolution

I'm trying to deal with different resolutions on Android devices. Say I have a sprite at X,Y and dimensions W,H. I understand how to properly scale the width and heigh dimensions depending on the ...
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How to resize my 2d game to fit the screen?

I am currently making a 2D game using Java (Java 2D). I want to make my game resizable. If you play any game on an emulator (e.g. legend of Zelda in fceux emulator) in full screen mode, you'll see ...
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Detecting Screen Resolution in Android/AndEngine to display high or low quality images

I am developing a game with 1024x600 resolution. I can't target smaller resolution devices at this resolution, so I intend to use two graphics for the game. How do I detect which graphics to use for ...
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FPS reticule image scaling with resolution problem

I am running into a problem when I set the resolution of my screen and the objects in the HUD. When an increase of resolution happens the reticule image becomes bigger, when I want it to stay the ...
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How to properly change resolution

I'm trying to understand how LibGDX handles screen size / resolution, etc. Coming from XNA this seems very confusing to me. Basically I want to support 480x800 for my game. If the screen size is ...
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Resolution independent game world in 3D

I'm developing a game similar to Don't Starve - 2D billboards in a 3D world. Now I have encountered a problem with resolutions. I want the player to be able to change resolution, but I don't want to ...
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DirectX 11 Updating Resolution

Searched for a while thinking this would have some obvious tutorials but I can't find anything... which makes me think I must be using the wrong wording because it seems obvious. Anyway, when I ...