Graphics porn could be going to the next level with Nvidia’s announcement of Ansel, an in-game photography tool coming to its graphics cards. The software allows for incredibly detailed game capture at resolutions well beyond 4K.
Ansel will be built into a number of games and it will allow users to pause the game mid-action and take a photo anywhere and from any angle. By default PC screenshots are limited to just what you can see on-screen at any one time, and if you’re lucky you can strip away the UI. With Ansel you can pan the camera, zoom in on spots, turn a first-person game third-person(or vice versa), and even add your own post-process filters.
Perhaps the best bit though is that Nvidia has integrated a new technology in Ansel which allows users to bump the resolution up just for that screenshot. So you could be playing a game at 1080p, find a beautiful vista, enter Ansel mode and bump the resolution up to a frankly insane 61440 x 34560 limit. For context, 4K gaming is ‘just’ 3840 x 2160.
"Simply put, Ansel enables you to make and capture your own unique and personally framed screenshots via an easy-to-use user interface, on Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics cards," said Nvidia’s Andrew Burnes.
Ansel won’t just be limited to the newly announced GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards either. The new software will work on GTX 600 series and up, although the max resolution available is going to differ. Nvidia also has a number of games already lined up for it as well, including the likes of No Man’s Sky, The Division, The Witcher 3, Paragon and Lawbreakers. Good luck pausing some of them games.
I'm looking forward to some of the stunning screenshots which are sure to surface once Ancel's out in the wild, although my usage cap is weeping at the thought of browsing 4.5 gigapixel images.