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Pascal is out soon – and brings Ansel in-game Photography to many NVIDIA users

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Later today (around 15:00 local time) NVIDIA’s NDA will crumble and the first reviews of the GTX 1080 GPU will drop. Not only is it one of the most hyped up generation of cards by being the first consumer graphics card to use the 16nm FinFET process, but NVIDIA’s Jen-Hsun Huang gave a very passionate (if unrehearsed) live stream at DreamHack, promising “irresponsible amounts of performance”.

Now as many local gamers wail at the hammering of our beloved Rand, and the concomitant reverberations on local pricing, there is a technology being released with Pascal that does not require you to mortgage the Wendy house or sell that last kidney of yours. As my tech boner quivers at the thought of having a GTX 1080 purring away in my computer, the thought of dropping upwards of 15K for a single GPU sends my bank balance (and sanity) into a tailspin. For many of us, that level of graphics card is irrevocably out of reach. Most people will be obviously focusing on the outright performance, but for many NVIDIA users, some new technology and features will unlock later today.

However, with the launch of Pascal, NVIDIA has also given the gaming world a new technology suite that I feel is going to make gaming just a little bit more interesting and personalised. Named after photographer Ansel Adams, NVIDIA’s Ansel aims to give gamers increased control over advanced in-game photography, and that includes insane high definition screenshots and 360 degree VR viewable images. Even more spectacular is that this technology is available to people who still use GPUs bought 4 years ago, which means all the way down to the 600 series of graphics cards.  Me and my GTX 970 are quite chuffed about this.

Free camera

Gone are the days where you have to wait and set up the perfect in-game scene so you can print screen and edit in Photoshop or Paint. Now Free Camera lets you pause and compose your shot. With free camera it also means that gamers can also capture full stereo 360 images. Although obviously a compliment to all those lucky first worlders with their Rifts and Vives, those with a simple Google cardboard can also make use of it.

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Now gamers will be able to take incredibly large resolution screenshots, all the way up to 32x their native resolutions, which at 4K means 8 gigapixel screenshots are possible. These high quality “super resolution” screenshots will allow you to capture in-game detail that’s never been seen before—remember those 8K Crysis 3 screenshots? Imagine a game like that at 32x their native resolution. With that level of resolution you can also edit your image settings before you capture it. For those who want more fine grained editing you can capture in the highest colour spectrum (think taking a RAW photo) and export it to Photoshop.

super-resolution

Although quite an “old” technology since the act of taking in-game screenshots has been a thing since forever, it’s quite invigorating to see it being given some real attention. In the age of social media and widespread content creation, the capturing of our favourite medium in all it’s glory and splendour can only be a great thing. Now although not every game will have support for it since Ansel is an API which must be integrated into specific games, the list of games that support it is promising. I for one am still amazed how beautiful The Witcher 3 is, and can’t wait to explore the Northern Realms while taking some Geralt selfies along the way.

Last Updated: May 17, 2016

30 Comments

  1. It’s the Ansel to all your in-game photography prayers!

    ….anyone? Guys?

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  2. Ottokie

    May 17, 2016 at 11:36

    The reveal stream was a bit gimmicky for me, but there is no denying the raw power these 2 new cards will have.

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  3. Captain JJ bound

    May 17, 2016 at 11:38

    What I took from this article: I have to play Witcher 3 again.

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    • Ghost In The Rift

      May 17, 2016 at 11:39

      For me, I have to play Witcher 3 with a 1070 or 1080……

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      • Captain JJ bound

        May 17, 2016 at 11:41

        Witcher 3 is good, either way.
        I’m happy with my old card and the way the game runs.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 17, 2016 at 11:42

          They did a good job. Ran very well on my old 6950, runs even better on the 380.

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      • geel slang

        May 17, 2016 at 12:16

        Maybe then you can turn hairworks on and not drop to 5fps.

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    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      May 17, 2016 at 11:41

      My Galaxy Client is busy downloading the latest patch, not that I didn’t have it before, you know, just because the stupid app can’t find where or what it did with the previous install files…

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      • Captain JJ bound

        May 17, 2016 at 11:42

        I don’t have Galaxy on my pc anymore. I bought an extra copy of Witcher 3 on Steam instead. Works perfectly. Now I get to keep my physical copy for its value but enjoy the game as it should be. 🙂

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        • Greylingad[He Charges!]

          May 17, 2016 at 11:45

          You can’t add the game to your Steam Library… Nope, as much as I love The Witcher 3, I’m not buying the same game twice for the sake of a client that doesn’t work…

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          • Captain JJ bound

            May 17, 2016 at 11:48

            Witcher 3 is one of three games I have on Galaxy, and I hate all these fkn clients so much. Origin never gets used, Uplay only because I often don’t have a choice (but I prefer to just avoid Ubisoft games). The fewer of them I get to use, the better.
            Plus. My TWO copies of Witcher 3 was cheaper than buying Doom on Steam. Which I think is not so bad. 🙂

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            May 17, 2016 at 11:52

            I currently have all of the startups for the clients disabled, because, an i7 4790 with 8GBs of RAM gets halted on startup because all of them try to launch all at once… And that’s not even starting with those client breaking auto updates….AAAARGGGGGGH!!!

            Today still, I will turn into a caveman and bash things with the end of this blunt object I hav in hand, I start now, I angry!

          • Captain JJ bound

            May 17, 2016 at 11:54

            Haha. Only my Steam runs on startup. The rest can gits.

            I had an update for iTunes on my work pc earlier today (an update to fix the crashing iTunes)…then the updater crashed. Oh Apple, you never fail to surprise me with how terrible your software is.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 17, 2016 at 11:45

          I had those update failing errors on Galaxy with W3, but they seem to have sorted it out. It dl’d & installed the last couple of updates with no issues.

          Still have all the manual install files just in case though.

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          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            May 17, 2016 at 11:48

            I kept them too, but noooo, the client doesn’t complete the file integrity check, of the backup I made either…. anyway… at least there is only 17 more GBs to download…

          • Captain JJ bound

            May 17, 2016 at 11:49

            I’ve got a backup of my last install on Galaxy, DRM free, so I do have a backup at least of that.

  4. HairyEwok

    May 17, 2016 at 11:39

    Waiting for the NDA to drop and show how useless my current card is against it.

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  5. Raptor Rants

    May 17, 2016 at 11:39

    Darnit… I’m still on Fermi….

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 17, 2016 at 12:58

      Because it’s… fermi-liar?!

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  6. Johann Smit

    May 17, 2016 at 11:56

    15k??? No man….Retails for $599 – R9380 atm….. Guess we will pay around 12k for it here in SA…

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    • Marco

      May 17, 2016 at 12:37

      You realise the card releasing initially is most likely the “reference” (founders edition), which retails for $699. Add in our 30% mark up and its close to R14000. Then factor in supply and demand and we’ll reach 15k easy peasy :).

      Just a guestimate!

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      May 17, 2016 at 13:13

      Remember; Us pricing always excludes tax (which state dependent can be up to 23%) and our hardware comes from other channels, not the US one. Never look to Us pricing to get an estimate of SA pricing; it can only lead to sadness.

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  7. Admiral Chief Protector

    May 17, 2016 at 12:16

    O___________________o

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  8. Darren Peach

    May 17, 2016 at 16:19

    Being part of the Master race is expensive. But I don’t get the super high rez camera thingy majingy. Are we to be seen as such losers that we would pay 15k for a card that has this novelty on it ? Why not take up photography for real ? If the card gives you photo-realistic graphics when you actually play a game, Then it would be worthy. Reason I find the console market far more appealing is the cost of keeping up in the high end PC world is bonkers. Sure, I do miss the days of getting to play Far Cry and Crysis in all their graphics glory, but at some point sanity needs to prevail and wallets need a break. Each to his or her own I guess.

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    • Marco

      May 17, 2016 at 16:55

      This article is meant to show that every NVIDIA card since the GTX 650 will support ANSEL, not only the GTX 1080. Basically we get this new cool feature for simply owning an NVIDIA card 🙂

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