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No Eyefinity For You!

Posted by Michael Bitton on Feb 12, 2010  | Comments

No Eyefinity For You! -

Kyle Bennett of long-running tech site [H]ardOCP really loves ATi's new Eyefinity technology, which allows users to link up three monitors for some super high resolution gaming. Unfortunately, as it would turn out, Hi-Rez Studios' Global Agenda isn't so "hi-rez" after all.

In an editorial entitled simply "Don't Buy Global Agenda," Mr. Bennett discusses the fact that Hi-Rez Studios has chosen to lock out users from making use of a multi-monitor setup in Global Agenda.

When Mr. Bennett contacted Hi-Rez Studios' support team about the issue, he was told that indeed, Hi-Rez Studios does not allow their users to take advantage of ATi's Eyefinity technology with Global Agenda, as the added resolution and perception would be considered an "unfair advantage."

An unfair advantage? Hardly, according to Mr. Bennett:

Does having 4.096 million pixels give you an "unfair advantage" over the guys that have 1.92 million pixels? That is what a gamer sees playing on a 2560x1600 LCD compared to a guy on display supporting 1600x1200 resolution. Hi-Rez Studios has no issue supporting that. According to Hi-Rez Studios' stance, the gamer with 6.912 million pixels (5760x1200 - 3x1 24" monitors) does have an unfair advantage over the gamer with 4.096 million pixels (2560x1600) and therefore, YOU will not be allowed to properly use your Eyefinity or other multi-display configuration to play its game.

What is next? If my mouse is better than yours you are locking me out of your game? Jeez, what about video cards in general? We could make stupid comparisons all day, but let's make just one to muddy the waters a bit more. If I have a Radeon 5870 with a single display and you have a Matrox Parhelia with a 3x1 display, you have the advantage. LOL!

What do you think about Hi-Rez Studios' stance on Eyefinity/multi-monitor technology? Let us know in the comments below!

This all reminds me of the Battlefield fiasco with widescreen monitors, where EA/DICE essentially made the same unfair advantage claims.

Via [H]ardOCP.

Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB
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