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System Options

Graphics

It is suggested that players start out with the program recommended graphic settings for their machines. If you’re one of those who think every option setting for graphics should be set on maximum because your Electro995 Super X video card is the fastest on earth, we’ll bet you’ll be in for a surprise. Now that is not to say DCS: Black Shark isn’t scalable graphically. It very much is! Even more so than I thought it would be. Don’t think of “low” or “medium” settings as you currently know them. Even on the “low” settings, the eye candy in DCS:Black Shark is good down near the ground where Ka-50s roam. Crank the graphic settings to the absolute maximum, fly just above ground level and you’ll probably see a less than desirable result. So before harping about DCS: Black Shark’s heavy graphics load, set your machine to a smooth, playable setting.

Download the high-resolution video “guod” created (50MB, zipped .wmv), or the YouTube version here. In this first test flight the 1280×800 settings were cranked-up. It uses the 512 cockpit resolution. Flying at treetop level, and just missing a few antennas, it shows some micro stuttering (because the setting were pushed much higher than recommended!) but is reasonably good at showing the graphics detail in an urban environment. Pay special attention to the water, the building windows, and other small details. Did you spot the Easter Egg? SimHQ Review: DCS: Black Shark

Included in the graphics are some unique features. Under “Monitors” there are 4 settings: 1 camera; 3 cameras; shval+camera+abris and shval+camera. For those who have needed an excuse to get a 2nd monitor, you now have one. For example, keep your primary screen for the action and the secondary screen for the shval screen.

Another unique setting to DCS: Black Shark is the adjustable resolution of the cockpits. You can select 256; 512; 512 all frames; 1024; 1024 all frames. One more not included with the cockpit resolution sub-menu… from the key combinations you can choose a HUD view with no cockpit at all (which really helps the frame rates). Setting-up the multiple monitors can be a bit dicey, but once it’s working it really adds to the immersion.

There are already enough great looking screenshots on the web demonstrating the beauty and detail of DCS: Black Shark. If by chance you haven’t seen enough, here are a few more! All images were taken with 1280×800 resolution and medium-high custom graphic settings.

SimHQ Review: DCS: Black Shark
SimHQ Review: DCS: Black Shark
SimHQ Review: DCS: Black Shark
SimHQ Review: DCS: Black Shark
SimHQ Review: DCS: Black Shark

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