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While in desktop or just browsing the web everything is spiffy, but when in game the side monitors are magnified. I fired up HL2 and L4D2 and both had the problem.

Monitors I'm using are in my sig. Running 5760x1080.
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While in desktop or just browsing the web everything is spiffy, but when in game the side monitors are magnified. I fired up HL2 and L4D2 and both had the problem.

Monitors I'm using are in my sig. Running 5760x1080.

thats because those side monitors are ur left and right peripheral vision. its normal and you can lower or raise the field of view to help
    
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They are hugely magnified. Do you mind telling me how to adjust it? I don't need magnification since my peripheral vision has no magnification.
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The higher the FOV (Field of Vision) is, the more prominent the distortion on the edges of the image becomes. For a single monitor, it is not that obvious. For a 3-monitor setup, the phenomena is more noticeable on the 2 side monitors.
This is like a high FOV Fisheye lens showing 'magnified/distorted' image near the edges.
A good link to explain:


To alleviate the phenomena, you can adjust the game's FOV by modifying the default value in the game's config.cfg (or .ini) file. AFAIK, many FPS games are adjustable in this area but with various degrees of success.
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if by magnified, you mean stretched out, then yes, the FOV is the culprit. this is present in most games to some extent. the above post is exactly right, try to edit some config files and make the FOV bigger.

or, an outside the box solution: rotate your monitors to portrait orientation, then you'll have 3240x1920. the aspect ratio would still be comparable to a single monitor, which would alleviate the FOV stretching, but it would still give you a very high resolution. it's not for everybody, but its an alternative if you can't live with the stretching

not my pic, pulled it off google-
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The stretching I can understand but the magnification is terrible. Ill try to get a small vid uploaded soon.

An example is in L4D2 on The Parish. When you pass the garden area, then get to the overpass before you get in the decantamination trailer before you run the fence line to shut off the alarm. There is luggage stacked high.

I can stand against the houses which is a good 30ft away. The luggage looks normal. If I get the luggage in one of the side monitors the luggagelooks like its 5ft away and stretched.
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i guess when i say stretching and you say magnification, we're saying pretty much the same thing. either way, the vids you posted are about what you can expect. its simply the way games are coded. the only thing you can do is try to adjust the FOV. or switch to portrait surround, which is about what i'm getting ready to do. the idea of super-widescreen gaming is great in theory, but it just never looked quite right from my experience.
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The stretching makes items look like theyre right next to you. Thats whats bothering me. I guess I didnt notice this in peoples vids. I dont see why the side monitors arent displayed like the front monitor. It should be like 3 sheets of glass. Not a sheet of glass in the middle and fish bowls on the side.
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