NVIDIA Brags about Mass Effect: Andromeda’s 4K HDR Beauty
While RPGs of all shapes and sizes are a dime a dozen these days, few can claim to have achieved legendary status as Dragon Age and BioWare’s Mass Effect. Seeking to change its image after years and years of gaming based on the D&D or Star Wars franchises, BioWare has created the fantasy and sci-fi worlds that have become the city’s talking point for this current generation of gamers. In a few days, the last and perhaps the most ambitious episode of Mass Effect will finally be launched to the public. But not until NVIDIA lets everyone know how it and its technologies relate to the massive world of Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Set between the events of Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, Mass Effect: Andromeda finally separates from the Milky Way galaxy, as the title so clearly indicates. It was also a chance for BioWare to break with certain conventions and assumptions of the original trilogy. It also gave BioWare the opportunity to play with more current technologies and trends, like, for example, 4K HDR.
Support for 4K HDR, especially the good ones, doesn’t happen by magic and requires collaboration between game developers and platform manufacturers. On the PC side, NVIDIA was only too happy to lend a helping hand. NVIDIA has put their graphics technology experience to work to bring BioWare’s Frostbite game engine to 4K HDR capabilities. Of course, the graphics technology maker made sure that Mass Effect: Andromeda works well with its G-SYNC technology and GeForce Experience software. In the last week system requirements reveal, NVIDIA has shown what gamers can expect with the right 4K HDR display and, of course, the right NVIDIA GeForce card.
But 4K HDR isn’t all that’s at work behind these screenshots, and that’s where NVIDIA’s other contribution will likely excite gamers even more. Mass Effect: Andromeda incorporates NVIDIA’s Ansel screenshot technology. Ad Last year, Ansel allowed players to frame the perfect shot, without having to worry about being maimed by enemies in the process. And you don’t have to worry about angles either with Ansel’s free camera that lets you position the camera exactly where you want it for a perfect, epic picture. Imagine having the ability to act like a director to (safely) position the camera anywhere and capture that moment in 4K HDR quality. This is exactly the promise NVIDIA is making.
Early reviews of Mass Effect: Andromeda have been mixed, leaning more towards the negative. But it should be noted that these reviews only cover the first few hours of the game and in a limited area only. Mass Effect: Andromeda launches to the general public on March 21 in the United States. NVIDIA recommends at least a GeForce GTX 1060, but you’ll need a 1080 or even a 1080 Ti to crank the settings to the max. Of course, you’ll also need a display that can handle both 4K and HDR.