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#1 2015-07-02 14:41:33

Kocha
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Rescaling the Steam UI to be readable on a 4k screen

Hello everyone,

This is a topic that has been mentioned in the Steam forums for years but Valve doesn't want to work on it. Under Windows, the Steam UI scales with the scaling settings in Windows (for example, if you set it to 150%, Steam will also be 150% bigger.) But under KDE, all the font and size settings get completely ignored. This makes Steam completely unusable on a 4k screen, because everything is too small to read. Well, since Valve doesn't want to do anything, I thought I'd ask here if someone knows a workaround to make it readable. My google voyages just ended in me finding tons of people complaining about exactly this issue.

So anyone got a plan?

Greetings

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#2 2015-07-02 16:07:49

karol
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Re: Rescaling the Steam UI to be readable on a 4k screen

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#3 2015-07-02 20:36:29

Kocha
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Re: Rescaling the Steam UI to be readable on a 4k screen

Works perfectly for everything. Except Steam.

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#4 2015-07-03 11:28:50

buntolo
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Registered: 2011-10-11
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Re: Rescaling the Steam UI to be readable on a 4k screen

Kocha wrote:

Hello everyone,

This is a topic that has been mentioned in the Steam forums for years but Valve doesn't want to work on it. Under Windows, the Steam UI scales with the scaling settings in Windows (for example, if you set it to 150%, Steam will also be 150% bigger.) But under KDE, all the font and size settings get completely ignored. This makes Steam completely unusable on a 4k screen, because everything is too small to read. Well, since Valve doesn't want to do anything, I thought I'd ask here if someone knows a workaround to make it readable. My google voyages just ended in me finding tons of people complaining about exactly this issue.

So anyone got a plan?

Greetings


This is really strange: I have a 13.3" FullHD laptop, which is very clear and crispy, but need 168 DPI font settings to be usable. Steam on Windows with 150% is ugly and unusable: it's like viewing a 240p YouTube video stretched in fullscreen 1080p, while on Xfce with 168 DPI is just perfect.

Post the result of

$ xdpyinfo | grep -B2 resolution

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#5 2015-07-03 14:23:23

Kocha
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Re: Rescaling the Steam UI to be readable on a 4k screen

buntolo wrote:
Kocha wrote:

Hello everyone,

This is a topic that has been mentioned in the Steam forums for years but Valve doesn't want to work on it. Under Windows, the Steam UI scales with the scaling settings in Windows (for example, if you set it to 150%, Steam will also be 150% bigger.) But under KDE, all the font and size settings get completely ignored. This makes Steam completely unusable on a 4k screen, because everything is too small to read. Well, since Valve doesn't want to do anything, I thought I'd ask here if someone knows a workaround to make it readable. My google voyages just ended in me finding tons of people complaining about exactly this issue.

So anyone got a plan?

Greetings


This is really strange: I have a 13.3" FullHD laptop, which is very clear and crispy, but need 168 DPI font settings to be usable. Steam on Windows with 150% is ugly and unusable: it's like viewing a 240p YouTube video stretched in fullscreen 1080p, while on Xfce with 168 DPI is just perfect.

Post the result of

$ xdpyinfo | grep -B2 resolution

Well, it's a 55'' 4k TV, so the situation might be a bit different. I'm also not complaining about how KDE looks, it's gorgeous. Everything's readable, every program, browsers, the terminal, too, everything's exactly right. It's just Steam that doesn't want to and there are many many people who have the same problem.

Output of xdpyinfo:

screen #0:
  dimensions:    3840x2160 pixels (1016x571 millimeters)
  resolution:    96x96 dots per inch

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#6 2015-07-12 11:18:35

zuglufttier
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Registered: 2015-07-12
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Re: Rescaling the Steam UI to be readable on a 4k screen

Did you also try to make the settings in .Xresources? https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/HiDPI#X_Resources

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#7 2018-06-10 16:14:05

vibhas77
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Re: Rescaling the Steam UI to be readable on a 4k screen

Any solution yet..?

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#8 2018-06-10 16:22:53

WorMzy
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Re: Rescaling the Steam UI to be readable on a 4k screen

Yes. A quick search on the Arch Wiki will bring you to https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/HiDPI#Steam

Bumping ancient threads on the other hand, will earn you a warning. Don't do it.

Closing.


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