Most home computers are capable of HD graphics.
High Definition TV and gaming are quickly becoming the gold standard for video quality. But the PC has been doing HD for years, and you may not have even noticed. If your computer screen was made after 2005, there’s a good chance it’s already running in HD.
1. Screen resolution measures the number of rows and columns of pixels.
Check the resolution on your monitor. If your computer is capable of resolutions of 1280 x 720 or higher, then you can play games in HD on your computer.
Under Windows 7, you can find it by clicking “Start,” then “Control Panel,” then “Appearance and Personalization,” then “Adjust Screen Resolution.” The current resolution will appear in the drop-down menu box, and other possible resolutions will be listed when you click on the menu.
In Windows Vista, click “Start,” “Control Panel,” “Appearance and Personalization,” “Personalization,” and “Display Settings,” in that order. You’ll see a slider labeled “Resolution.” It will be on your current resolution.
Under Windows XP, click “Start,” then “Control Panel,” then “Appearance and Themes,” then “Change the Screen Resolution.” The “Display Properties” window will open, and the screen resolution will be listed under a slider in a box named “Screen Resolution.”
2. Run the game you wish to play in HD.
3. Navigate to the “Graphics” section of the game options. Every game is different, but most have an “Options” button on the main menu, and a “Graphics” sub-section within it.
4. Change the game’s resolution to 1280 x 720 or higher. Again, every game is different, but the resolution option should be fairly easy to find. If you can’t find it, consult the game manual for its location.
5. Play the game in HD.