Predestination

Predestination

Deriken Sep 13, 2017 @ 4:38pm
Windowed Mode
Will there ever be an option to run the game in windowed mode at a lower resolution than the main screen? Out of the almost 500 games I have on Steam, this is the only one in which there doesn't even seem to be a workaround. I have a 43" monitor that runs at 3840x2160 resolution. the reason I purchased such a large monitor is so that I can run everything in windowed mode (usully have 5 to 10 windows open pretty consistently as I need to monitor about 26 networks around the country. This is a great game and I would hate to have to abandon playing it just because of this one problem.

Thanks!
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Deriken Sep 24, 2017 @ 12:48pm 
Is there any chance that this will be answered? It's been over 10 days since I originally asked it.
Last edited by Deriken; Sep 24, 2017 @ 12:49pm
Nyphur  [developer] Sep 25, 2017 @ 6:01am 
Hey Deriken,

Apologies for the delay in responding, we've been focusing on fixing all of the crashes that have been coming in since 0.9.9.0 and also doing some exciting voice acting for the game, so we're only getting caught up with the forum now.

A windowed mode is definitely possible, but a little tricky. Right now the game runs in a borderless window and it automatically fetches your screen resolution from the graphics card every time it starts up, overriding any of the resolution settings in your ini file. Ideally it should do this only the first time you start up, and then have in-game options to let you choose your resolution.

Now that we have the Options panel in the main game screen, I'll experiment with this today. It may cause some control and resolution bugs and if you change your screen setup it won't auto-adjust to it any more, but it should be possible. Do you think we should also have a checkbox for borderless / bordered window to help people position the window?

Cheers,
-- Brendan, Lead Developer
Deriken Sep 25, 2017 @ 6:17am 
Nyphur,

Thanks for the response. I appreciate you taking time to try to resolve what, for me at least, is an issue. My monitor runs in 3840 x 2160 resolution natively. What I do in other games is set the options to turn off full screen and have the game run in a 2560 x 1440 bordered window. The bordered/borderless doesn't matter much to me. What does matter is the ability to run the game (or whatever else I am doing) in smaller resolution windows so that I can stack the windows allowing me to monitor several screns while also being able to jump in and out of the game fairly quickly. I am running Windows 10 and a a dual nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards. Hopefully this can be added to the options menu. I love this game and hope to be able to play it more.

Thanks!
Deriken Nov 4, 2017 @ 8:35am 
Nyphur,

Any news on being able to run in windowed mode?

Deriken
Deriken Nov 18, 2017 @ 4:50pm 
Any update?

Deriken
Nyphur  [developer] Nov 22, 2017 @ 10:27am 
Originally posted by Deriken:
Any update?

Deriken
Hey Deriken,

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you on this. We had to put graphics device changes on hold temporarily while switching from XNA 3.1 to MonoGame as they have some subtle differences. I've given this a check again today now that we've finished switching over, and it looks like we can definitely support both bordered and borderless windowed modes at variable resolutions.

I'll put in some new options on the Options menu to control these in the V1.0 update and will give it a test before release. This update is coming very soon, and there'll be an announcement when it's live. Thanks so much for your patience on this issue!

Cheers,
-- Brendan, Lead Developer
Deriken Nov 22, 2017 @ 11:19am 
Fantastic! Thanks so much. I don'd mind the wait for such an excellent game.

Deriken
Nyphur  [developer] Feb 8 @ 12:41pm 
Originally posted by Deriken:
Fantastic! Thanks so much. I don'd mind the wait for such an excellent game.

Deriken
Hey Deriken,

Just to confirm, we've added the Borderless Window checkbox in the Options menu in the latest version, so you can now swap between bordered and borderless at any time and the graphics device reset issue has been solved.

The game will also now respect the user-set resolution, it used to always use the current screen resolution every time the game started, but now it only sets this the first time it starts up. After that, you can edit the Predestination.ini file to change the ScreenWidth and ScreenHeight and the game will draw in any resolution you like.

Of course we're planning to add some way to select the screen resolution in the options menu, but for now you'll have to edit the ini. You can do this using the following steps on Windows:
  • Start the latest version of Predestination at least once. This will generate the default settings and save the Predestination.ini file on your system.
  • Press Start and R to bring up the Run dialog
  • Type or paste in "%appdata%\Predestination\" and hit Enter to open the Predestination settings folder. This is where the ini file is and where all your save games and ship designs go too.
  • Open Predestination.ini in any text editor and change the values next to "screenWidth" and "screenHeight" to set the resolution you want.

    Please let me know if there are any unexpected bugs with this, or if you have any other problems!

    Cheers,
    -- Brendan, Lead Developer
Deriken Feb 13 @ 1:13pm 
Great news. Thank you so much Nyphur. I love getting games in Early Acces (I have 40 or 50 at the moment) to watch them grow and yours has been one that I have immensly enjoyed watching/playing as it grows.

Deriken
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