How to Change Position of Minimap and HUD in Battlefield 3
First at all, I'm a big fan of Battlefield Series, of course I play Battlefield 3. I think if you want to play this game well, the Minimap is very important. The spotted enemy soldier's position is appeared as a red icon in the Minimap, so you can find the enemy soldier quickly.
There are three most important elements in player's HUD (Head-Up Display): Minimap, Ammo, Life. Minimap is at the left-bottom corner of the screen, ammo and life are at the right-bottom corner of the screen in the default settings. So, if you use a large monitor (like mine, it's 22 inch), it is become difficult to read the minimap, ammo and life at the same time when you focus on the enemy.
My resolution is 1920*1080, all HUD elements become unreadable, I want to make them more near the center of the screen for better gaming experience.
In this artile, I will show you how to move the minimap and hud in Battlefield 3, it is just a little tweak.
(1) Find "PROF_SAVE_profile" setting file
The setting file of Battlefield 3 is PROF_SAVE_profile which is located in:
Documents -> Battlefield 3 -> settings
Open this file with WordPad or other text editor software, and then look for the two lines below:
GstRender.ScreenSafeAreaHeight 0.950000 GstRender.ScreenSafeAreaWidth 0.950000
The values may be different to yours.
(2) Modify the values
Decreasing the values from the default moves the HUD elements inwards. You may change the values slightly to see what placement looks better. Let's look some examples below.
GstRender.ScreenSafeAreaHeight 0.950000 GstRender.ScreenSafeAreaWidth 0.350000
In this example, decrease "GstRender.ScreenSafeAreaWidth" value from 0.95000 to 0.350000, the HUD elements are become too close to each other.
GstRender.ScreenSafeAreaHeight 0.950000 GstRender.ScreenSafeAreaWidth 0.650000
This one looks better than previous one.
GstRender.ScreenSafeAreaHeight 0.250000 GstRender.ScreenSafeAreaWidth 0.500000
Decreasing the GstRender.ScreenSafeAreaHeight value will raise the HUD elements' placement. (Not recommended.)
Another tweak to remove or hide the HUD
If you would like to make some Battfield 3 montages or Battfield 3 movies, you may want to remove or hide all the HUD elements. It's easy to do this, just set the both values to 2.00000 and then the HUD will be hidden from screen.