The Best Games That Support Ultrawide

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  • Key Takeaways:
  • PC gaming offers flexibility in hardware and peripherals, with ultra-wide monitors providing a visually immersive experience that enhances games like The Division 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
  • Ultra-wide monitors offer a wider display that covers more surface area, making it easier to spot enemies in third-person shooters like The Division 2 and survive in battle royale games like Warzone 2.
  • Games like God of War and Cyberpunk 2077 look stunning on ultra-wide monitors, enhancing the visual beauty and immersive experience of these titles.

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PC gaming offers you the most flexibility of any platform when it comes to hardware, and not just with what’s inside your computer either — peripherals like keyboards and monitors offer a huge amount of customization to PC players. In particular, ultra-wide monitors offer a massive amount of screen real estate that’s in an easier-to-manage package than the average multi-monitor setup.

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Of course, not every game supports these ultra-widescreen resolutions due to technical limitations, but those that do almost always look astonishingly good. So whether it’s pixel art or photorealism, ultra-wide gaming is a visual experience that you’ll never forget, and these games are some of the best to try this technology out.

Updated on October 20, 2023 by Gabrielle Castania: PC gamers are always improving their setups and searching for games that support ultrawide play, so we’re back to update our list of the best PC games that support ultrawide to make sure you’re playing only the best of the best.

18 The Division 2

Squad walking up to the Capitol building in DC in The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

Franchise
Tom Clancy

Released
March 15, 2019

Developer(s)
Massive Entertainment

Genre(s)
Third-Person Shooter

The Division 2 follows the military response to the Dollar Flu from the first game that resulted in New York City becoming infected and quarantined. Now in the summertime, The Division 2 moves to Washington nearly seven months after the end of The Division. Unfortunately, the Dollar Flu has spread to the nation’s capital, and you need to once again stabilize the city.

Third-person shooters like The Division 2 benefit immensely from ultra-widescreen support by having a wider display that covers more surface area. Not having to move your character as much to spot enemies can be the difference between life and death.

17 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

call of duty modern warfare 2 player using riot shield
via Activision

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)

Franchise
Call of Duty

Released
October 28, 2022

Developer(s)
Infinity Ward

Genre(s)
FPS

When discussing the best first-person shooters, you’ll be hard-pressed to leave out Call of Duty. The tactical behemoth has dominated the genre for nearly two decades, and it’s because of games like Modern Warfare 2. The sequel to the rebooted game, Modern Warfare 2 follows a unit taking down a group of terrorists with players assuming the role of Soap MacTavish and Gaz Garrick.

Ultra-widescreen support for first-person games boosts your visibility and makes taking down enemies easier. This viewpoint is also extremely beneficial in trying to survive in the grueling battle royale Warzone 2.

16 God Of War

Kratos and Atreus looking above at The World Serpent in Midgard.

God of War (2018)

Franchise
God of War

Released
April 20, 2018

Developer(s)
Santa Monica Studio

Genre(s)
Action, Adventure

The release of God of War on PC was nothing short of a monumental event, with more and more players getting invested in the launch of God of War: Ragnarok. Of course, one of the biggest benefits of playing this game on PC is the addition of ultra-wide support.

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The Norse realms have never looked more inviting and immersive. Playing this game on an ultra-wide monitor is an absolute treat, with the crunchy combat and great story augmenting the experience to a whole new level.

15 Death Stranding

Sam Porter Bridges dodges an attack from a Mule in Death Stranding

Death Stranding

Released
November 8, 2019

Developer(s)
Kojima Productions

Genre(s)
Action

Death Stranding isn’t a game for everyone. The dialogue can be rather painful to listen to at times, and the core gameplay loop may not be the action-packed fiesta that many players wanted.

However, there’s no denying that the world of Death Stranding is incredibly beautiful and a ton of fun to explore. This is enhanced with ultra-wide monitors, which make Death Stranding look like a graphical masterpiece.

14 Horizon Zero Dawn

Aloy aiming her bow at a Tallneck in Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Released
February 28, 2017

Developer(s)
Guerrilla Games

Genre(s)
Action, RPG

Franchise
Horizon

Sony has started to slowly launch more of its console-exclusive titles on PC, allowing countless gamers to finally experience their amazing games. Utilizing the power of PCs and the capabilities of Ultra-Widescreens can make all the difference in the world, like hunting for robot dinosaurs in Horizon Zero Dawn.

PC gamers finally took up the bow as Alloy, exploring the post-apocalyptic world that’s now inhabited by deadly machines. The ultra-widescreen will display the beautiful environment and help you keep any killer dinos in your eyesight.

13 Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel's Spider-Man Keeping The Peace Quest Third Surveillance Tower

The release of Marvel’s Spider-Man on PC was widely celebrated by the masses. Watching everyone’s favorite web-slinger come to this platform was a thing of joy for many players who wanted to experience the magic of this title for themselves.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man has a ton of visual options that make the game look absolutely gorgeous on PC. This is especially true in the case of ultra-wide resolutions, which make the game look more dynamic and immersive than ever before.

12 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Ciri sitting with Geralt in an inn for her Witcher ending in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Released
May 19, 2015

Developer(s)
CD Projekt Red

Genre(s)
RPG, Action, Adventure

Franchise
The Witcher

CD Projekt Red has a stellar record of developing games that look absolutely gorgeous, and you need only look at The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to see why this is the case. Geralt’s final adventure is a treat for the ages that ends on a wildly satisfying note too.

The world of The Witcher 3 is gorgeous as is, but it takes on a near-ethereal beauty of its own when played on an ultra-wide monitor. The game is genuinely breathtaking to behold.

11 Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 Screenshot Of Ozob Bozo

Cyberpunk 2077

Released
December 10, 2020

Developer(s)
CD Projekt Red

Genre(s)
RPG, Action

Another CD Projekt Red game with ultra-wide support is Cyberpunk 2077. The latest build of this game is pretty stable and how the game should’ve ideally been released.

So, there’s no better time to experience Cyberpunk 2077 than right now. The game has a great story, engaging combat, and amazing visuals that become jaw-dropping when players experience this title on an ultra-wide monitor.

10 No Man’s Sky

No Man's Sky Crashed Ship On Frozen World

No Man’s Sky

Released
August 9, 2016

Developer(s)
Hello Games

Genre(s)
Adventure, Action, Survival

There’s a lot to see when you have a whole universe at your fingertips, and with No Man’s Sky offering players exactly that, it’s hard to deny the benefits of having an ultra-wide monitor when you are playing. It’s especially helpful to make sure you don’t miss any resources while you’re planet side.

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But as you can imagine, it’s the landscapes and the starry skies that make the ultra-wide No Man’s Sky experience shine. The views from the ground and from space in your ship are both breathtakingly beautiful.

9 Abzu

Meditation statue in Abzu

Abzu has always been a gorgeous game. Stunning underwater landscapes filled with all sorts of aquatic life really are a formula for near-unparalleled aesthetic success. So it might seem obvious that this is a game that benefits hugely from being played on an ultra-wide monitor.

This is simply because you get to see more of the vibrant world as you explore and help restore it to its former glory. As you progress in the game, the fruits of your labor only become more visually stunning, with every inch of the screen filled with mesmerizing colors and creatures.

8 Hitman 3

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via IO Interactive

Hitman 3

Released
January 20, 2021

Developer(s)
IO Interactive

Genre(s)
Action, Puzzle, Simulation

Franchise
Hitman

It might not be the first game you think of when you’re looking for ultra-wide support, but given how recent a release Hitman 3 is, it should come as no surprise to find it here. The experience is surprisingly good, considering the field of view has never felt like much of a limit in previous Hitman titles.

Being able to see so much more of the area around Agent 47 makes all those assassination contracts that much easier to pull off, as it helps give you the freakish situational awareness needed by an elite assassin. Plus the graphics are pretty amazing, so it’s always a treat to be able to see more of it.

7 Stardew Valley

stardew-valley player on farm outside house with crops

Stardew Valley

Released
February 26, 2016

Developer(s)
ConcernedApe

Genre(s)
RPG, Simulation

Stardew Valley is one of the ultimate relaxing games, but playing it on a small screen can be frustrating with even larger regular monitors still unable to display large amounts of the map at once. But ultra-wide monitors fix this problem easily, with some 32:9 monitors even able to show the entirety of the player farm at once, with just your avatar moving around the screen as opposed to a scrolling map.

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So if you want a way of leveling up your farming experience, or you just want a nice relaxing way to make use of an ultra-wide monitor, then Stardew Valley makes for a great investment.

6 Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator Two Planes In The Air

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Developer(s)
Asobo Studio

Genre(s)
Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator is a stunningly in-depth experience that requires some heavy-duty hardware, even at lower resolutions. However, if you have the equipment to run the game on an ultra-wide monitor, then you are in for a treat as it is one of the most immersive ways to play.

The ultra-wide aspect ratio allows players to see the entire cockpit of their plane without needing to move anything except their head, making for one of the best simulator experiences possible. And even if you don’t play in cockpit view, then you still get to see a huge horizon sprawling across your screen — and who doesn’t want that?

5 Batman: Arkham Knight

Arkham Knight Batmobile

Batman: Arkham Knight was the final installment in the Batman Trilogy produced by Rocksteady Studios, and despite releasing in 2015 when ultra-wide monitors were still in their infancy as consumer items, the game does now feature ultra-wide support — albeit with cutscenes, unfortunately, stretched without the use of a community-made fix.

But despite the all too common issue of pre-rendered cutscenes not supporting ultra-wide resolutions, Gotham City looks too good in the 21:9 aspect ratio not to include it on this list. Cityscapes are amazing in ultra-wide and Arkham Knight gives you plenty to look at, so don’t miss out on seeing them.

4 Forza Horizon 5

The chase camera view behind the car in Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5

Released
November 9, 2021

Developer(s)
Playground Games

Genre(s)
Racing

Franchise
Forza Horizon

Forza Horizon 5 doesn’t just feature some of the fastest cars around, but also ultra-wide support to help immerse you in the action of Horizon Mexico. Whether it’s enjoying a view from the driver’s seat or you prefer a chase camera for your races, the sense of speed you get when using an ultra-wide monitor is unparalleled.

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Getting to enjoy the level of detail the Forza Horizon team put into every car in the game – as well as the stunning landscapes and historical sites of Mexico — in ultra-wide is an experience everyone who enjoys this series should have.

3 Half-Life 2

Half-Life 2 Crowbar

Half-Life 2

Released
November 16, 2004

Developer(s)
Valve

Genre(s)
Shooter

Franchise
Half-Life

Having released in 2004, Half-Life 2 was probably not a game you were expecting to see on this list, but with Valve updating all their games for optimum compatibility with the SteamDeck, they took the opportunity to modernize their catalog in a few other ways. One of which was adding native ultra-wide support to Half-Life 2.

So now you can enjoy a field of view that borders on ridiculous as you replay one of the greatest games Valve ever released, and one of the best PC games of the 2000s. If you have an ultra-wide monitor, then you almost certainly already own Half-Life 2 — do yourself a favor and go revisit it. It’ll be worth it.

2 The Long Dark

The Long Dark Crash Site Pleasant Valley Burning Airplane

The Long Dark

Released
August 1, 2017

Developer(s)
Hinterland Studio

Genre(s)
Survival Horror

Hinterland Studio’s The Long Dark drops the main character in the middle of the unforgiving Canadian wilderness after a geomagnetic storm, leaving them to fend for themselves and survive various deadly encounters. With its almost painting-like aesthetic, there are some truly stunning visuals to be found in this first-person survival experience.

Add in the extra width that an ultra-wide monitor can provide and some of the landscapes you see in The Long Dark could easily be mistaken for paintings, despite the unrelenting harshness of the environment itself.

1 Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2, Arthur leads his horse through the snow

Red Dead Redemption 2

Released
October 26, 2018

Developer(s)
Rockstar Games

Genre(s)
Action, Adventure

Franchise
Red Dead Redemption

By far the most cinematic game to release in recent years, Red Dead Redemption 2 finally received ultra-wide support with the official PC release of the game. If you have hardware capable of running one of the most graphically demanding games in an ultra-wide resolution, then you are in for a treat.

From the mountains to the shores, every inch of Red Dead Redemption’s map is gorgeously rendered with ultra-wide aspect ratios, allowing you to soak up that detail better than ever before. With the gameplay being so cinematically choreographed, ultra-wide Red Dead Redemption really does feel like watching a film at the cinema.

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