Field of View (FOV) Fix for Flight Simulator X (FSX)
I recently fired up Microsoft’s FSX a few days ago to try it out with my Eyefinity setup. I hadn’t done any virtual flying since before I purchased my third monitor, so I was looking forward to a more immersive experience.
Unfortunately when I started FSX I noticed that the field of view (FOV) was too narrow. Instead of having a wider view out the sides of my aircraft, I had less of a view above and below me. This is a classic sign of a vert- FOV, which unfortunately is all-too-common when running games in widescreen and Eyefinity resolutions.
Even using the built-in zoom feature in FSX doesn’t allow you to expand the FOV enough for a true Eyefinity experience (although it does improve things quite a bit).
The fix was very simple once I found it in a forum post on Tom’s Hardware. I found the
fsx.cfg file (located in C:/Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/FSX/ in Windows 7) and opened it with Notepad. Then I found the line that said “
WideViewAspect=False” and changed it to “
WideViewAspect=True” and saved the file. I started up FSX again and the FOV was fixed! The view now expanded on the sides instead of cropping the top and bottom.
Mode=5860x1080x16. You could try changing that to 1280x720x16 or something to see if the game uses the lower resolution. Are you sure you're editing the .cfg file in your user profile folder and not someone else's (if there are multiple users on your computer)? Beyond that I'm not sure what the issue might be. I haven't actually played FSX in a long time. You might have better luck posting in some of the FSX forums.
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