Tiny Icons, Beautiful View
I recently bought a monitor. It is a crazy nice one, by far the nicest one I’ve ever had. I don’t say this to brag, it is just a thing, and it doesn’t make me special.
But it does make DDO special. Very special. Look at this:
This is my favorite place in DDO. Beautiful flowers, beautiful sky, beautiful trees, just utterly beautiful. And now that I am playing in super highdef, even the characters look beautiful.
Stormcleave used to be my favorite place in DDO but now this is. I wish I could be there in real life. I’ve been just about everywhere in Colorado and there are places this nice, but not many, not even in the many-splendored Rocky Mountains. Maybe parts of Bavaria? Or New Zealand?
I don’t know, but I love it, and I wish I could spend a whole quest, right here, among the wildflowers and the brilliant blue sky.
And this is why I bought the monitor, because it totally does this place full justice. I can see every leaf, every armor detail, every pine needle. And so many!
And then I try to actually play.
And oh yeah, I can barely at all.
Can you see which icon is Beatifica’s “real” necklace and which is her Haggle necklace? Me neither.
Everything is so small! I am already reading-glass challenged, actually needing a different pair of reading glasses for the computer than those I use while reading books. But this is all but beyond me. I can make out generalities, sort of, and it helps that I know them pretty well and have developed placement strategies over the years that ensure that certain types of abilities will always be found in the same general places.
But still. Which Repair is which? Do I have Prism turned on?
Ai yi yi.
I’ve tried every setting in the settings panel to no avail. Apparently there is just no way to set the game to show the playfield in 4K highdef but the UI in something bigger. The only thing I’ve found that works is stepping down the screen resolution to something like 2400×1200 and then playing in full-screen mode.
Which is yucky. Not just because it is half the resolution I possess, but mainly because full-screen mode. Yuck.
For now I am able to make do. I am not playing all of my characters; I can’t anyway, I have too many, although I have never before had to choose based on the simplicity of the character’s hot bar layout.
I dread the day when I have to redo someone’s hot bars. Dread. With a capital D. I may have to break out a magnifying glass or something.
So beautiful. But so difficult.
[Edit] after a conversation with Turbine developer SteelStar in the DDOChat room, I’ve learned that in fact there is no way to increase the size of icons and hot bars, not even through custom skinning as some have suggested. Also, it is apparently not an easy change and is not on the horizon at all. Even though it bothers SteelStar too:
[09:47:26] <DDOGamer> is there somewhere I can look this up? [09:50:08] <%SteelStar> As far as I'm aware, the DDO UI elements cannot be resized by any means right now [09:50:20] <%SteelStar> (I did see the post going around about that) [09:50:57] <%SteelStar> Pretty sure the long and short answer is "Devs did not anticipate 4k resolutions in 2005, when the average was still 800x600" [09:51:16] <DDOGamer> Yes, this is not a blaming issue. :) [09:51:29] <%SteelStar> I know :) It's a pet peeve of mine too, if that helps [09:51:34] <DDOGamer> But it does beg the question as to DDO plans for supporting 4K [09:52:58] <Flav|Work> you can download the last UI art package if it is stored on lotrointerfaces... knowing that it's not been updated since MoTU and try to play with it. [09:53:40] <Flav|Work> but as far as I know the UI has fixed pixel size and it can't be changed. [09:56:11] <ShoeMaker> Correct. [09:59:33] <%SteelStar> Worlds are open [09:59:41] <%Vargouille> yay [09:59:46] <DDOGamer> SteelStar: Yes? No? Maybe someday? Soon (TM) ? [10:00:03] <%SteelStar> What, on UI scaling? No current plans, but maybe someday. [10:00:08] <%SteelStar> It's not a small thing, sadly.
And so that is that. What I had hoped is a temporary inconvenience until I can find some way around it is in fact a dead stopper.
Full-screen, half-resolution here I come. Yuck.
🙁 :\ 🙁