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Unofficial Dark Souls PC mod fixes rendering resolution

Fan does what From Software didn't.

A fan-made mod for Dark Souls on PC has fixed the game's rendering resolution.

Eyebrows were raised earlier this month when Digital Foundry discovered the game's PC port to be locked at 1024x720, offering no improvement over its console brethren.

"From Software has admitted in advance that there have been technical issues, but this is still quite surprising," Digital Foundry's Tom Morgan wrote.

"This lower resolution doesn't bring out the fantastic visual design going into the game, where we'd hoped a PC version would take it to new heights. It's quite likely this will draw the ire of PC gamers expecting the premium experience. That is, until an official patch or heroic modder comes to the rescue."

Step forward such a fan.

NeoGAF user Durante has created "DSfix", an 80KB download that tells the game to enable higher resolutions.

The download includes a .dll file to place within the game's directory on your PC, and a text file in which you can alter the resolution at will.

Japanese developer From Software recently admitted having a "tough time" with the PC port, something it blamed on the studio's inexperience with the platform.

"In Japan there's not much of a PC market and we haven't really taken into consideration that audience before.

"We wanted to get the PC version out as soon as possible, it's more strictly a port from the console version. We haven't been able to step up into doing any specific optimisation for PC."

The modder offers no assurances that the fix will work perfectly for everyone and not break anything else in the process. But the improvement it offers is plain to see - a quick before-and-after comparison of the game lies below.

Before... and after.

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