How do I increase the camera height in Command & Conquer: Generals?

  • The camera height is way too low in Command & Conquer: Generals and Zero Hour. Is there any way to increase the height of the camera so I can see more on screen at one time?

    For those wondering. The `Origin version` of the game does not allow for changing camera height. The accepted solution doesn't work. Would be pleased if someone found a way and added it as an answer.

    @Valamas It works fine with Origin version, it's 2019 now, don't know if something changed but it works fine. Just edit the Gamedata.ini file.

  • Elva

    Elva Correct answer

    10 years ago

    It is possible, the Gamedata.ini file has a setting called "maxcameraheight" which allows you to change the camera height. However this prevents you from playing with people (LAN or online) who haven't changed this value.

    The Gamedata.ini file is located in installdirectory\EA Games\Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour\Data\INI. If this file is not there you can download it and save it in this location. For example at:

    Editing the "Gamedata.ini" file can be done with a simple texteditor, set maxcameraheight to something below 1000, 600 or 700 is good usually.

    Make also sure to set the resolution in this file to the resolution of your screen. Wide screen resolutions like 1600x900 or 1920x1080 are possible. If you haven't done this yet: set this resolution also in the "options.ini" file which is located at username\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data. Please make sure to do not change the options in-game because it will screw up this changes!

    But how can I save it? It's not possible to save after changing of MaxCameraHeight to '700'. Or did I something wrong?

    It might be set to read only, try using right-click and opening properties, then un-checking the "read-only" checkbox. If that doesn't work try opening the editor with admin privileges.

    I know this is an older question, but hypothetically if you were to adjust this ini file, save it to your computer and give that same ini file to your buddy for lan gaming, would it still work? or would you have to revert back to the original?

    oh and awesome name kevin van der velden. kevins are pretty awesome.

    Copying it should probably work, assuming the resolutions are the same.

    it was something i was always wondering about. i had the same question about camera zoom when this game came out (oh many moons ago) and i never really did have an answer. we played this game a ton in college and being the fact i was from the Red Alert original era, i really hated the new camera in Generals. I'll have to give this a shot. thanks bud!

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