Deciding to revisit Crysis on triple screens was an easy choice that I am running Vista64 and the game has seen a couple patches.Â Sadly SoftTH still does not support DX10 or 64bit versions of games…yet.Â But my time was not wasted, because I have warmed up my writing skills in order to get back to writing fun posts.
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Before starting your work on hacking the game it is recommended you edit the intro trailers so you don’t have to sit through them each and every time you try to change a setting and reload the game. This can be don’t by adding a tilde before anything with trailer in its name in the (Program Files)\Electronic Arts\Crytek\Crysis\Game\Localized\Video\ directory. Also to skip the ESRB message you need to go into the language sub-folder and edit the Trailer_rating.sfg file.
Next you will want to downloadÂ SoftTH, I am using v.106b at the time of this writing because after a couple hours of trying later versions, this was the one that worked best.Â Edit: I got 1.07b working, details added below.
Following the instructions in quickstart.txt, it tells you to â€œplace SoftTH files (d3d8.dll, d3d9.dll, SoftTH.cfg, etc.) to game executable directory. This is usually the directory the game is installed in, in some games the ‘real’ executable is located in a subdirectory (Such as ‘System’ or ‘bin’).â€
(For v1.07b) The only edit I needed to make to SoftTH.cfg was changing useMultihead=0 . Â Also if after testing, you find your PC can run tipple screens fairly fast, then you can improve the quality of the side images by setting secondaryFormat=RGB32 so the side monitors are not degraded to 16bit for speed. Should v1.07b not work for you, you can fall back to v1.06b…
(For v1.06b) The only edit I needed to make to SoftTH.cfg was changing the secondaryWidth to 1280, and secondaryHeight to 1024. Naturally this is dependent on your hardware and may need to be 1024×768, or 800×600. Also if after testing, you find your PC can run tipple screens fairly fast, then you can improve the quality of the side images by setting secondary16bpp=0 so the sides are not reduced to 16bit for speed.
Crysis is unique in that you need to create a new file in your %ProgramFiles%\Electronic Arts\Crytek\Crysis\ directory called system.cfg (Thanks “Tricky”!) and in that file place the following text based on what you used in the SoftTH.cfg file:
Now you are ready to start the game. Â I am using Vista(64bit) and have to ensure I am running the right version of the game because SoftTH does not yet support DX10 or 64bit games. So you may need to run the following file and switch at the end, you can do this by editing the shortcut for the game. “%ProgramFiles%\Electronic Arts\Crytek\Crysis\Bin32\Crysis.exe” -DX9
And lastly I changed my graphics settings all down to medium resolution. It will run with everything on high, but the frame rate takes a serious hit, setting everything to the medium preset made it playable. This is because og how SoftTH uses the primary card to render one really wide screen and then chops off the sides and sends them to the other card which merely displays the image it is given. If I got a 3rd video card, I could run the first 2 is SLI and the 3rd will display the side images.
The differences between high and medium settings can be viewed here. Keep in mind the Jpg compression makes it difficult to see the differences.
Being able to see a wider view not only allows you to be less likely to be blindsided, but there are many other benefits such as seeing what is near you while scoped in, a richer experience overall.