Screen resolution refers to the clarity of the text and images on your screen. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024 × 768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. Whether you can increase your screen resolution depends on the size and capability of your monitor and the type of video card you have.
At higher resolutions, items appear sharper. They also appear smaller, so more items fit on the screen. At lower resolutions, fewer items fit on the screen, but they are larger and easier to see.
The recommended screen resolution is typically listed in the system requirements for each game. Using the recommended screen resolution will result in the ideal appearance and game-play experience. Older games may have difficulty playing on new, wider, high resolution screens. If you are experiencing a game that appears blurry or distorted, you may want to access the in-game options and select "windowed" mode if that option is available. If that option is not available you may also decide to alter the computer resolution over all.
Here are steps you can follow to adjust your screen resolution (note: the steps may be slightly different depending on your operating system):
Open your start menu.
- Type "screen resolution" in the search field.
- Select the appropriate link from the search results (usually under "Control Panel").
- Follow the steps to adjust your screen resolution.
If you need further assistance for your Operating System, we recommend you visit the Microsoft Support site.
DPI (Dots Per Inch) is a measurement of the pixel density (resolution) of computer displays. It is defined as the horizontal or vertical density (for square pixels).
What does that mean for you and your games? Well if you have increased the DPI setting from the default, (typically this is done to make images appear larger) it may have a negative impact on your game playing experience. If the game is appearing too big, or blurry, we recommend checking your DPI setting, and returning it to the device's default (the default percentage will vary depending on the type of device you are using).
We understand if you would like to keep your DPI setting as is, however you may need to change the DPI when you play a game, in order for it to work properly.
For additional information and instructions regarding your computers DPI settings, we recommend going to the Microsoft Support site and using the search option.