At Long Last, You Can Play The Evil Within in Fullscreen

Letterboxing can now be disabled on all platforms.

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A new patch for The Evil Within allows players to do away with what a number of fans have been complaining about since launch: letterboxing.

Up until now, The Evil Within had to be played with a 2:35:1 aspect ratio. What this meant is that you're playing the game with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, similar to when you watch a movie in its native resolution. While this lends the experience a somewhat cinematic feel, many wished there were a way to disable the effect and play the game in fullscreen.

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Following the release of a new patch today, letterboxing has finally become an option. Bethesda announced the latest patch allows you to do away with letterboxing and rebalances the Casual difficulty setting, promising more ammo and some kind of "adjustments to the game's health bar."

PC players were already able to play in fullscreen, first with a console command and then with a proper option in the settings menu. But up until now, console players were forced into the letterbox experience whether they liked it or not.

Bethesda explained last year that the unusual (for a game) aspect ratio is "used for gameplay purposes, as certain elements display in the black areas of the screen."

Developer Tango Gameworks also imposed a 30 frames per second cap on the game's framerate. This, too, was something that ultimately became an option in the PC version, though Bethesda describes the 30fps/letterbox setup as the way The Evil Within is meant to be played.

The patch tweaking difficulty and offering a fullscreen option is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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q8ali1991

finally

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Ripper_TV

@jdtikleish1: That's really lame. What platform?

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q8ali1991

@Ripper_TV: ps4 i'm sure :)

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Ripper_TV

@q8ali1991: I think it should be either PS3 or 360, no real reason to do it on current consoles, really.

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shanethewolf

I've been playing in fullscreen for ages! Did no one think to run a Google search on this?

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Silverspeed85

I might actually go back and finish this game, now.

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Fade2black001

A simple fix to do and it took them forever to do it... Are elementary kids working on this?

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Ripper_TV

@Fade2black001: They still didn't do it right, just blew up the picture.

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Greyfox-101

Is this worth $30 for on Xbox One?

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BEEPBeP

@Greyfox-101: No, despite the issues it has on PC, it still isnt worth it. A lot of them game is pretty average.

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Animal-Mother

Is the frame rate stable?

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Gravity_Slave

Too little too late. I finished this and traded it in months ago. This should have been a day one option/omition.

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Gadeos

Excellent, gotta try it tonight

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Dark_Wr4ith

Got to love publishers and developers still using "cinematic experience" as a cover for "sh*tty optimisation".

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Greyfox-101

@Dark_Wr4ith: No kidding. It's like the "We prefer a lower 30fps framerate, because it more closely matches the 24fps that films use and gives it a more cinematic feel" AKA "We can't reach a stable 60fps". lol

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maghdie

The smallest things people complain about..

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Jmuper

@maghdie said:

The smallest things people complain about..

agreed, didn't even notice the letterbox after I really started getting into the game.

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Gravity_Slave

@maghdie:

If you actually bothered to play this game you'd know it wasn't a "little thing". Like you probably are socially, it was awkward, in-the-way and unwanted.

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J-007

I was wondering why it was letterboxed and the game had great potential. Good to know that patches come around these days

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Gravity_Slave

@J-007:

It's just too bad they wait soo long to address it. Most people have moved on.

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J-007

@Gravity_Slave: I suppose so. Yes too long indeed

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Ignisnobueno

it's a good mixture between classic Resident Evil and Resident Evil 4

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Ignisnobueno

I stepped outside To have a cigarette. since I'm replaying it again and got to tense section. beat it twice have not played in two months since today or rather tonight and without the letter box it is so much better

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gokartmozart89

I'm glad I skipped this last year. Can't wait to pick this up in a few more months all patched up and with the DLC. I wonder if they'll do a flash sale around Halloween. :D

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Ignisnobueno

@gokartmozart89: it's a great mix between classic Resident Evil and Resident Evil 4 definitely worth 40 bucks

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SingletreeAve

Rebalances the Casual difficulty? Lol. Maybe they should just release a non-interactive version.

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X-RS

Aint know bout that. Gonna have to pick up sometime soon...

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Jay2528

The letterboxing never really bothered me (well aside from causing me to miss some collectibles). I'll probably continue playing it with letterboxing, but I will try it without the letterboxing at least once.

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DeathCrusher91

@Jay2528: The letterboxing is horrible, once you turn it off, you'll never want to turn it on again. Last time I played TEW, was in november, maybe I'll come back now and try to platinum without those shi%$ black bars.

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EdwardNygma

Really an underrated game.

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Gankstar_VX84

will have to get mine back lent it to a mate

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LeviHarris

Just in time, I traded it in about two weeks ago. That was my biggest sticking point with the game, too. Oh well.

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Thanatos2k

Is someone going to eventually enable fullscreen for The Order 1886?

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Gravity_Slave

@Thanatos2k:

The Order is letter boxed too?! Why do dev's insist on this format? It's like they say "how can we distract and annoy gamers from the lack of content in our game?...letterbox!"

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Cryio

@Thanatos2k: Not possible. The Order cut 1/3 of 1080p resolution for rendering budget.

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deathstream

@Thanatos2k:

You have to chop a LOT of cutscenes that way, which makes it much harder. And the game relies on its looks, which it achieved by not rendering a 1/4 of the screen. I suppose it could happen, but it seems unlikely.

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Cherub1000

People still playing this??

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SingletreeAve

@cherub1000: Yes. I got distracted by other releases and still need to go back and finish it.

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Cryio

@cherub1000: I always plays hands after they are fully patched up, with all DLCs and proper drivers

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Keitha313

@cherub1000: People still this?

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Keitha313

@Keitha313: Woops, wrong section. Thought this was a Destiny article.

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Cherub1000

Haha. It works for that to though

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Bread_or_Decide

Next up: 1886 Order

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megakick

@Bread_or_Decide: sure in 480p upscaled to 720p.

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NiteX

@Bread_or_Decide: They would have to do some serious performance magic for that. So it's unlikely.

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everson_rm

F*** finally. The game has been colecting dust in my shelf since it came out... now i'll play it.

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BelaidKL

That was literally the only off putting thing for me about this game... Might get it now (on one of the many many sales it undergoes), only been playing it at my mates before

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