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First-person shoot-em-up games on multiple monitors


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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Francois Caron

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Posted August 21 2002 - 01:06 PM

I'm planning to purchase a new computer, an overpowerd build-it-yourself tower model with a water cooling system. How far I'll overclock the thing depends on how much smoke comes out of the grills. Posted Image

Anyways, I was thinking about all these first-person shoot-em-up games and how dull they look on a single screen. I've once seen a setup where a flight simulator game was running on over nine monitors placed in a half-circle. Although I don't want to go that far, I still wouldn't mind spreading a game such as Quake or the upcoming Doom III on three monitors placed side by side.

Do any of these games support multiple monitor? And can they handle a minimum of three monitors?

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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Nick_Murphy

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Posted August 21 2002 - 02:39 PM

Hey Francois, you might want to check out the new Matrox video cards if you haven't already. On there site they show games that are at least compatible with their Parhelia™ triple display card.

http://www.matrox.co...ng/surrgame.cfm

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#3 of 9 OFFLINE   Danny R

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Posted August 21 2002 - 04:33 PM

Water cooled? Go for the gold then with a new Athlon 2600+

http://www.tomshardw...0821/index.html

As for multiple monitors, it depends on the game. Few thus far support dual monitors. I don't believe the latest versions of Quake or Unreal support it yet.
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#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Joe Hsu

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Posted August 21 2002 - 04:59 PM

Doom III will support multiple monitors...it's been demoed on the Parhelia card, and lately, the ATi 9700. I imagine that UT2 and possibly Deus Ex 2 will as well.

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#5 of 9 OFFLINE   Jason_J

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Posted August 22 2002 - 08:41 AM

I found an interesting link at Tom's Hardware Guide that would have to be the ultimate FPS multi-screen display. Any Unreal Tournamet players should take a look. The software is free and you only need 2 projectors.



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#6 of 9 OFFLINE   Nick_Murphy

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Posted August 22 2002 - 10:49 AM

Now, does anybody know if it is possible to find software to alter say a geforce 3, or even a radeon card to do a triple display. I understand that the matrox cards use two dvi ports and come with adaptors to turn them into 3 D-Sub (or standard monitor) ports. Myself, i have 1 d-sub and 1 DVI to work with, anybody now if it's possible to get a TRUE triple display with these two ports, i know the adaptors are available Posted Image thanx!

#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Francois Caron

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Posted August 22 2002 - 05:05 PM

Nick, that's EXACTLY what I needed! One card, three RGB outputs! I was afraid I'd have to purchase three individual graphics cards, but the Matrox card obviously solves that problem. And the overall resolution is just right for what I'm planning to do with it. In fact, I'll have to lower the resolution down to either 600 or 768 pixels high once I wire that sucker to the three individual DLP projectors... You're probably wondering now what I'm planning to do with this thing. If I manage to develop the game controller I intend to use with these games, I'll post some screenshots. But that won't be for a little while yet. Just one single projector is expensive enough. But three of them is a mortgage! In the meantime, I'm planning to use the multi-display capabilities for some amateur video editing and DVD authoring along with having a more usable desktop arrangement. And I have the means to get my hands on some used 17" monitors reasonably cheap. Danny, thanks for the heads-up on the Athlon. I originally intended to go with a Pentium based motherboard, but it seems the Pentium chips have limited overclocking capabilities. Plus, they're much more expensive which is no fun if you burn one out.

#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Gerald LaFrance

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Posted August 23 2002 - 03:53 PM

Hi Francois sounds interesting. I would also suggest 3-D glasses from HTTP://www.edimensional.com there truly amazing adds alot to any FPS or Flight sim!! Posted Image
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#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Francois Caron

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Posted August 24 2002 - 04:15 AM

Gerald, the 3-D glasses won't work with me. I have no central vision in my right eye. All those glasses will do is give me a splitting headache with the right eye's remaining peripheral vision trying to understand what the [BLEEP] is going on. Posted Image




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