Friday, March 10, 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda New Screenshots and PC Settings Detailed

Mass Effect: Andromeda PC Graphics Settings Revealed, Exclusive 4K Ansel Screenshots Released

The long-awaited Mass Effect: Andromeda launches on March 21st in North America, and March 23rd in Europe, and will be available from March 16th for Electronic Arts’ Origin Access subscribers. Featuring an entirely new setting and story, Mass Effect: Andromeda is an ideal entry-point for franchise newcomers, presenting fresh story-led, action-RPG gameplay set hundreds of years after the events of the original Mass Effect Trilogy.

Today, we’re unveiling the graphics settings for the PC version, and showing four 4K screenshots captured at max detail levels using NVIDIA Ansel and its Free Camera and Super Resolution options.

If you’ve played other Frostbite Engine games, such as Battlefield 1 and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, you’ll know that titles built on DICE and EA’s engine run well and feature a good range of graphics options. Unsurprisingly then Mass Effect: Andromeda continues the trend, enabling you to scale image quality and performance to suit systems old and new.

As you can see below in screen captures of the WIP graphics menu, Mass Effect: Andromeda gives you options for Ambient Occlusion, Anti-Aliasing, Chromatic Aberration, Effects Quality, Film Grain, Lighting Quality, Mesh Quality, Post-Process Effect Quality, Resolution Scaling, Shader Quality, Shadow Quality, Terrain Quality, Texture Filtering Quality, Texture Quality, and Vegetation Quality.

In total there are 16 options that affect image quality, most of which have several detail levels. Additionally, Mass Effect: Andromeda players with a HDR television, or a G-SYNC HDR monitor, can enable the best implementation of HDR seen to date on PC with one flick of a switch in the Video menu.

For playing Mass Effect: Andromeda on PC, here’s what BioWare and Electronic Arts recommend for Minimum settings at 1280x720, and High settings at 1920x1080:

Mass Effect: Andromeda Minimum System Requirements For 1280x720

• CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX 6350
• GPU: GeForce GTX 660
• RAM: 8GB
• OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
• HDD: 55GB free space
• DirectX: Version 11

Mass Effect: Andromeda Recommended System Requirements For 1920x1080

• CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX 8350
• GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, or GeForce GTX 970
• RAM: 16GB
• OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
• HDD: 55GB free space
• DirectX: Version 11

If you wish to crank those 16 options to their maximum levels, or run at higher resolutions with higher framerates, you’ll want to equip your system with a faster GPU, such as the GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1080, or newly-announced GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

With enough horsepower you’ll be able to run Mass Effect: Andromeda at 4K with maximum settings, an experience exemplified by the exclusive PC screenshots above. Each is captured at max settings at 4K using NVIDIA Ansel, with no additional post-processing or Photoshopping.

If you’ve not heard of NVIDIA Ansel before now, it’s a powerful screenshot tool that enables you to capture unique, professional-grade 2D, 360° and Virtual Reality 360° screenshots on GeForce GTX graphics cards. During gameplay simply press Alt+F2 and you’ll be able to frame and capture your own screenshots, and render them to your PC at resolutions up to 63,360 x 35,640, 33 times higher than 1920 x 1080.

If you’re not geeking-out about all these graphics settings and features, and just want to play the game with a good framerate on your available hardware, load GeForce Experience and apply its one-click Optimal Playable Settings for the best possible experience from the second you load Mass Effect: Andromeda. GeForce Experience will automatically determine and apply the best settings for your CPU and GPU, whilst targeting a smooth 60 FPS.