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Perfect screen resolution settings for Counter Strike: Global Offensive


Counter Strike: Global Offensive allows you to customize a number of settings. One of the adjustment options is the monitor resolution. Among the possibilities are 4:3 stretched, 4:3 black bars, 16:9 and 16:10. The choice of resolution can influence the performance of the computer and, consequently, the performance of the player. But, what is the difference between them?

Pro players of Counter Strike: Global Offensive like Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo , Ricardo “boltz” Prass and Fernando “fer” Alvarenga use the classic 4:3 stretched. Jacky “Stewie2k” Yip, Egor “flamie” Vasyliev and Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham use the 4:3 black bars. Going further, other professional players like Lucas “Steel” Lopes, Mike “Shroud” Grzesiek and Spencer “Hiko” Martin use the 16:9 ration in the different tournaments like ESL One, IEM etc. We will explain to you the difference between resolution options in the game.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive Resolution settings

The ratio of 16:9 is the most popular among gamers mainly because it is used in most monitors today. Regardless of the use of 16:9 in 720p or 1080p – or even the use of 16:10, which keeps similar characteristics -, the main feature of these resolutions in CSGO is the advanced field of view.

At 16:9 and 16:10, your field of view is magnified compared to 4:3, which allows you to have greater peripheral vision than you would with classical resolution. Here is the main difference between 16: 9 and 16:10: the former guarantees even greater peripheral vision over the latter.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Credits: ZeRo シ via Steam Community

Another important point is that the 16:9 and 16:10 resolutions require more performance from your computer. Because they are higher resolutions, the trend is for a computer to reach fewer frames per second in these settings than it would if it were in 4:3.

4:3 stretched and 4:3 black bars

The use of 4:3 comes from the beginnings of Counter-Strike. From a time 4:3 was the default ratio of monitors. Although it does not guarantee a greater field of vision like 16:9 and 16:10, 4:3 has other interesting advantages.

In addition to running more easily on the computer, at 4:3 black bars the focus is at the center of the screen. So the resolution ensures that all your attention will be in the middle of the monitor. You can focus specifically on the crosshair and do not need to check the corners of the screen.

Credits: lurppis via Medium

Already stretched 4:3, things get even more curious. Stretching the standard 4:3 on a wide screen makes the game’s models appear to be larger. It will improve the player’s perception of opponents. Although this does not change anything within the game itself (after all, the collision boxes are independent of the resolution), the visual difference makes some players prefer this graphic option.

There is only one way of answering the question “What’s the best resolution”. The best resolution is the one that is most comfortable for the player playing the game.

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