Use This Method to Play Old Games with Widescreen Resolution

Enjoy your old games on modern widescreen with these methods

by Teodor Nechita
Teodor Nechita
Teodor Nechita
Software Managing Editor
Eager to help those in need, Teodor writes articles daily on subjects regarding Windows, Xbox, and all things tech-related. When not working, you may usually find him either... read more
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  • Playing old games on a widescreen gives a cinematic and immersive gaming experience.
  • To enjoy old games with modern high-resolution PC monitors, you need to download specialized software.
  • Another option will be to edit some source files from the shortcut.
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If you’re an avid gamer but mostly a fan of the golden age of gaming, your biggest heartbreak is not being able to play the same games as you used to.

Either they are hard to find, or they are hard to port to the modern Operating Systems or even the old low-spec PCs that are now available.

However, once in a while, you do manage to find your favorite title and maybe even make it playable, so now you are wondering how you can make use of your modern widescreen monitor.

This guide will show you how to do it with a freeware tool. Read on to find out more!

What was the first widescreen game?

According to popular opinions, the first widescreen game is the World Cup ’94 USA. This game was available on the popular Sega CD and had a copyright dated 1994.

However, some gamers believe Virtua Fighter is the earliest widescreen game.

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Do all games support widescreen?

The vast majority of modern games support widescreen and ultrawide monitors. However, not all games can work on these monitors or use the feature.

Also, it is important to note that some games support widescreen with mods.

How to play old games on widescreen monitors?

  1. Download and install the Game Widescreener tool from the official website.
  2. Load the tool and click on Select game.
  3. Once you select a game, Game Widescreener will try to detect it on your PC. If you can’t find it, you will manually have to specify the game directory.Game-Widescreener-settings
  4. Manually input your screen’s resolution.
  5. Click the Install button.

In theory, you wouldn’t need Game Widescreener to do the job. You could just manually edit some .INI files or maybe add x-res and y-res values in the target field of shortcuts.

However, in all honesty, no one knows how to do this by heart, especially after a long time. Thus, using the Widescreener tool mainly reduces some of the hassles.

By heading to the official Game Widescreener website, you can look at the list of supported games and the program interface.

Lastly, the program works with all Windows versions Vista and above and is also available in a portable version.

Does RDR 2 support ultrawide?

The Red Dead Redemption game is one of the games that supports a wide range of resolutions and screens. It supports ultrawide, and some gamers suggest that it makes it better.

With a 21:9 ultrawide monitor, you get a cinematic and completely immersive experience. This takes your gaming to a whole new level.

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Playing games on widescreen is a different experience from just playing on any screen. It can be a deal-breaker in some games and make your old games feel much better.

With the instructions in this guide, you should be able to enjoy your old games on widescreen. While still on the gaming topic, if you want to know how to play old games on Windows 10/11, check our guide to do it effortlessly.

Feel free to share your experience using the Widescreener tool in the comments below.

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