I know that I can kind of adjust my field of view by switching from a 4:3 resolution to a 16:10 or 16:9 resolution. Is there any way that I can just set the field of view to the maximum allowable width?

  • I know that the source engine allows a settable parameter for the field of view, but I'm not sure how to expose it. I know that some source games allow up to 90 degrees, but I'd bet it's configurable for all source games, but I'm not sure how high it goes.
    – McKay
    Jul 26, 2010 at 20:00
  • For general FOV, type fov (70 - 90) into the console. For weapon/model fov, type viewmodel_fov (no limit, but the default is 60. Most people use 90. Over 1000 your weapon is invisible). Aug 16, 2015 at 23:28

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According to a question on the now defunct teamfortress2fort.com

It's in the Multiplayer tab of the options window


It now appears to be limited to 70 degrees for TF2, much to my annoyance (I play on a triple monitor setup with 15:4 aspect ratio, and everything is severely distorted at the edges of the screen).


Yes you can! in console

fov 90

(~ = console that you need to enable in multiplayer options)

at least this worked for me :)


To set your field of view set to 90, in the type console fov_desired 90. You can only go between 75 and 90, anything above 90 is considered cheating.


You can adjust your fov with fov_desired. It will only go up to 90.

The viewmodel_fov, however can be beyond 90. This command only affects what is in front of your screen (gun, hands,etc) instead of how much you can see.

  • More viewmodel_fov, the less your guns and your hands cover up your screen.
  • More fov_desired, the more you can actually see.

Now while both fov_desired and viewmodel_fov will help with what you see, they are not the same thing.

This video explains it better:

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    Why has someone voted to delete this? It's a good explanation of the differences between the two commands and how to combine both to achieve the desired result. None of the other answers do this.
    – Robotnik
    May 22, 2017 at 21:39

You can go more than 90 or less than 70 and still can play. This is not considered cheating. Enter this in the console viewmodel_fov <fov number>.


You can try adjusting viewmodel_fov

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    This does not add anything new.
    – aytimothy
    Jan 10, 2016 at 3:43

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