It seems that those who’ve found that they have issues with Bioware’s phenomenally successful Mass Effect 2 on standard-definition TVs are out of luck, with the developer indicating that a fix is impossible.
For those who’ve been blissfully unaware of the trouble, it seems that anyone trying to play Mass Effect 2 on a TV that doesn’t display in some flavour of high-definition (it seems that 1080p isn’t a requirement, you should be fine with 720p) has been having trouble with text. The issue stems from the face that the text in Mass Effect 2 seems to have been sized with high-definition TVs in mind, meaning that it’s so small that it essentially becomes unreadable on older displays.
Of course, this isn’t an issue that Xbox 360 fans will be unaware of. Back in the earlier days of Microsoft’s current-gen console, the release of Dead Rising was marred by issues with all of the in-game text, which (familiarly enough) was unreadable on standard-definition TVs. In the interim though, more and more gamers have moved to high-definition displays, so complaints about Mass Effect 2 haven’t been quite as widespread.
The bad news for those who’ve got Mass Effect 2 going on their standard-definition displays is that the developer doesn’t seem to think that there’ll be a fix anytime soon. Indeed, Bioware’s Michael Gamble said of the issue,
“After investigating potential solutions, we have determined that while this issue does affect a small portion of SDTV owners, we are unable to resolve it for Mass Effect 2 through a title update. However, we have taken a note of this issue and will take it into consideration as we plan future games in the Mass Effect franchise.
While it might seem a little silly to do so for one game, the only option for those encountering issues with Mass Effect 2 now, as with those who had issues with Dead Rising, is to pick up a high-definition capable display.
Still, they’re not so very expensive as once they were, there are HD capable monitors that’ll connect quite happily to an Xbox 360 for around the €130 mark, which isn’t so bad, all things considered.