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As comrade 453 = Kinninmont said, at the beginning a little over a month ago the contacts looked better, but since the last update they are only seen at most 10km against the horizon, against a white cloud they are not visible, and less against the ground . Real camouflage is only effective against fast view panning, not detail view panning. It is a shame that the developers add new things but what was good, they leave it bad again. I had posted a time ago maybe 1 year, on the subject, and I had fixed it and even congratulated the developers for entering just the exact point. But again we went back, and excuse those who say that everything is fine or who defend the visualization of contacts, but it is not right.
I have a 32 '4K screen, it looks worse in 4K, I play at 1080p, since there they look, the contacts are bigger and there and everything became difficult to see something again. You go forward 4 steps and go back two, a shame.

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Yep, I have to agree with 453 = Kinninmon and [LAS]JanMcQuack that after the last update spotting has taken a hit, as I have noted here in this thread before. I have been flying Career mode for a couple of months and noticed the drop immediately, but got by OK anyway. Fiddled with all my graphics settings and monitor settings for a day or two and went back to my original settings which were good after the spotting patch applied some months ago. But the last 2 days I've been back in Singleplayer QM and it was really evident that spotting is worse. 

 

In QM I often start at 3-6000m, Face to Face, equal altitude, with a distance of 10K approach. Before the last update I could always spot the dots right away, and start setting up for my attack. Now I cannot see anything until about 5K and even then they are little dots like before as if they are at least 10K away. And if the bandits are above me later in the fight, even at distances of only 1000m or so they definitely disappear. I expect them to be harder to spot up there especially if they are edge on or coming straight at me, but before I could still track them reasonably well, while now I have to hope I can extrapolate their course and reacquire visual somewhere down the line. Since I always fight multiple opponents this does hinder my SA a bit as you can imagine. 

 

I am running an Asus VG27AQ, IPS at 2160x1440p and 144Hz refresh (144 FPS average) on the following system spec:

 

Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero motherboard
Superflower Leadex III 850w PSU
AMD Ryzen 5800X CPU w/ Noctua cooler
EVGA 3080 XC3 Ultra GPU
Patriot Viper Steel 2x 16GB DDR4-3200 C16 DRAM
Seagate Firecuda M.2 NVMe Gen 4 SSD 500gb - Windows drive
Sabrent Rocket M.2 NVMe Gen 4 SSD 1Tb - IL-2 GB drive
Sabrent Rocket M.2 NVMe Gen 4 SSD 1Tb - DCS & MSFS drive
Asus VG27AQ 2560 x 1440, 144-165 Hz display
Track IR 5
Thrustmaster Warthog Throttle
Virpil Virpil VPC MongoosT-50CM2 Grip w/base
MFG Crosswinds rudder pedals

 

so I can run things maxed out across the board and the sim looks awesome and responds very well. I don't want to fill this post with all my Nvidia and Monitor settings but they are nominal for my use right now, mostly gleaned from other posts on this forum and the internet resources dedicated to graphics and monitor performance for gaming. I know if I drop the monitor and in-game resolution to 1080p I would get better spotting (and I have done this experiment, it does work), but that kind of defeats the purpose of having 1440p on this monitor and I find that a bit frustrating. Still considering a 32" 1440p as I know that will help and the bigger screen would enhance my immersion, just don't want to spend the money right now when I have a pretty good setup as it is. VR is not an option for me in it's current technological state for reasons I don't need to go into here. I hope the dev team will find time to work on some type of scaling or improvement for the different popular resolutions currently in use.  

 

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On 10/18/2021 at 2:54 PM, Props said:

Asus VG27AQ 2560 x 1440, 144-165 Hz display 

 

That right there is your problem. Looks great in almost every other modern game apart from this flight sim (and DCS). We're hunting pixels here. I was in denial for a long time until finally switching to a 32" 1440 screen. World of difference. No longer is the game hit or miss, depending on the patch (and I would add - how much your eyes are rested). @Diggun confirmed the change for the better this switch makes. 🤓

 

@[LAS]JanMcQuack you are hurting yourself even more with 4K 32" display. At this resolution dot pitch is 0.1845 mm vs. 0.2335 mm on 1440p 27" screen.

 

You need 0.2767 mm or higher in order to consistently spot contacts around you. This translates to 1080p 24" / 1440p 32" as already shown here.

 

For a 4K resolution - you need 48" diagonal size or higher, in order to bring the playing field to the same level.

 

All this is with 16:9 ratio. With ultrawide monitors, these calculations are off.

 

 

I too would love this isn't the case, but until further spotting improvements arrive (if any) - your only option is to either lower the resolution or switch to a higher diagonal size monitor for the resolution you wish to play on.

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17 hours ago, [DBS]TH0R said:

You need 0.2767 mm or higher in order to consistently spot contacts around you. This translates to 1080p 24" / 1440p 32" as already shown here.

I think this thread shows that the problem is indeed in the pixel size rather than spotting itself. Unfortunately you need the physical size of the display to solve this, and retrieving this seems to be pretty complicated in Win10 (for example, see https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/Windows/en-US/1a19a278-c296-4d34-ade7-83bf3315db96/how-to-read-edid-data-direct-from-monitor-not-registry?forum=wdk or https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/efc46c70-7479-4d59-822b-600cb4852c4b/how-to-locate-the-edid-data-folderkey-in-the-registry-which-belongs-to-a-specific-physicalmonitor?forum=wdk). There doesn't seem to be a one-size-fits-all solution. So unless Windows makes it possible to easily retrieve the physical monitor size, I think we can hardly expect the Devs to take this into account. Even then, there's going to be obvious problems with multi-display users and some monitors might not even provide this information.

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I agree completely - pixel size makes a huge difference.  I'd been running an old 27" 1080p monitor (which was fine as that's all my system could run with good performance anyway) and spotting was pretty difficult.  I replaced it when it started to die with a 32" 4k monitor, still running at 1080p due to cpu/gpu limitations and now I find I can spot better then most people I fly with.  It's massively easier to spot enemies with a setup like this.

 

The bright side is that if you're looking to improve your spotting, 32" monitors are pretty affordable - I got an LG 32" 4K with gsync for $250.

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21 hours ago, [DBS]TH0R said:

you are hurting yourself even more with 4K 32" display. At this resolution dot pitch is 0.1845 mm vs. 0.2335 mm on 1440p 27" screen

This assumes that IL-2 uses pixel sized sprites the way that DCS used to do. Then indeed the smaller the pixels on your screen, the smaller the bandit. I don’t know that IL-2 does this. AFAIK it uses a scaling algorithm but aircraft still just get progressively smaller with distance. They don’t stop at a certain number of pixels. Do they?

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I think it uses some kind of a compromise. Contacts were always getting smaller, the problem with the previous attempt at solving this issue was keeping the larger LOD size past certain distance thus it actually got larger instead of smaller. It looked ugly and unrealistic at super long distances.

 

What I am seeing with the current system is there is always a minimum size that will be rendered. And contacts will no longer disappear on wide Field Of View like before -  which was my biggest remark about the old system. The current, still present problem, is that minimum contact size is tailored to certain monitor size / resolution (see my earlier posts).

 

@AEthelraedUnraed not sure if you saw this, but CloD has recently introduced resolution dependent minimum contact size algorithm which should help with higher resolutions. Most notably 1440p and 4K. Not sure if it can read info about actual monitor size as I've not tried it (just read it from one of the latest patch notes).

 

Windows 10 can recommend a scaling size for you (if you ever plugged in a 50" TV to your PC you will know what I am talking about). Not sure if this info could be made available to game developers to help with tailoring recommended minimum contact size. It sure would eliminate the hunt for ideal minimum pixel size monitor and make things a lot easier for flight simmers...

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