Mechcommander Gold defaults to 640×480 resolution with no way of changing it through the menu options. You can however increase the resolution manually through prefs.cfg which, when combined with increased zoom level, can give the game an HD effect:
- Open prefs.cfg in a text editor. pref.cfg is located in the root directory of your MCX installation (e.g. C:\Program Files\MCX\prefs.cfg)
- Set resolution=3 to change resolution to 1280×1024. On the line before “FITend” add the following (if you don’t have it already):
Different numbers here represent the different available resolutions:
0 -> 640×480
1 -> 800×600
2 -> 1024×768
3 -> 1280×1024
Note – This will only affect your in-game resolution. The menu resolution will remain unchanged!
Note – Setting the resolution higher than what is supported by your monitor will cause the game to crash!
I’ve included a screenshot of my own prefs.cfg file below as an example:
- (Optional) Increase the in game zoom level. Now that you’re got a larger resolution you could optionally zoom in as you should have a much larger view area. To do this, while in a mission press ‘+‘ to get a zoomed in view. You can now use this view to play the game as the large resolution combined with the zoom will allow you to see roughly the same amount of mission area as you could before but with much more detail.
As a comparison I’ve taken screenshots of the default resolution and the highest resolution zoomed in. The visible mission area is almost the same but the level of detail in the second picture is much higher (the second picture is also much bigger than it appears from the preview, click through to see the full size):
Enjoy some nicer graphs :)
If you’ve followed the above steps and are still having trouble with Mechcommander Gold high resolution settings, please post in the comments below. To increase your chances of a solution being found include as much detail as possible (which version of the game you’re running, what operating system you have, what video card you have and steps to reproduce the issue). Screenshots are also very useful! It would be very helpful if you could also include the contents of your prefs.cfg file.