Anthem Patch 1.0.4 Adds NVIDIA DLSS and Highlights Support

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2019 - 10:48 AM |
Tagged: update, rtx, ray tracing, patch 1.0.4, patch, nvidia, geforce, ea, DLSS, BioWare, anthem

Patch 1.0.4 for Anthem was released by BioWare/EA today which addresses a number of issues and adds features including two specific to GeForce graphics card users, namely DLSS and NVIDIA Highlights support.

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The DLSS (deep learning super-sampling) feature is exclusive to RTX 20-series GPUs, providing performance gains of up to 40% with real-time ray tracing enabled according to NVIDIA, who provides this video of DLSS off vs. on in the game (embedded below):

NVIDIA offers this chart showing performance gains with the range of RTX cards with DLSS enabled:

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NVIDIA Highlights support is available to users of GeForce Experience, and this feature allows the automatic capture of gameplay clips and screenshots in certain situations. BioWare/EA lists the supported scenarios for the feature:

  • Visiting and viewing overlooks
  • Defeating certain large creatures
  • Performing multi-kills
  • Defeating legendary creatures
  • Discovering the Tombs of the Legionnaires
  • Performing combos
  • When the player is downed by enemies
  • Defeating bosses

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The full Patch 1.0.4 release notes can be viewed here, and more information from NVIDIA about the new GeForce features for Anthem are available here.

Source: NVIDIA

BioWare sings the Anthem

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2019 - 05:02 PM |
Tagged: antem, BioWare, gaming

There once was a time when a new BioWare game caused great excitement among gamers, now it creates excitement for critics.  Anthem has jetted onto the scene and the reception has been mixed, in part because it isn't a new Mass Effect game though there are other reasons offered as well.  Combat involves rocket packs and somewhere short of a billion different types of weapons, and Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN describes it as similar to Mass Effect: Andromeda’s rocket jumping shooty bang.  Your home base, Fort Tarsis offers some interesting story lines and interactions when you want a break from combat to do a bit of shopping and talking which may appeal to you more.

Of course, with games such as this, Destiny and that other unmentionable one, things are subject to change and this could be a whole different ball of whacks in a few months.

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"Hello, it’s me, the resident BioLiker, here to tell you wot I think of Anthem, a game about which you probably already have opinions, whether you’ve played it or not."

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The rocket pack's red glare

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2019 - 03:16 PM |
Tagged: gaming, anthem, BioWare, origin

BioWare's soon to be released not-a-fantasy-RPG, Anthem, is offering a free open demo for you to try out on the first weekend of February.  If you are more interested in flying around with a jetpack than watching the SuperBowl, the demo will start you at level 10 so you will get a better idea of how the game plays than starting fresh.  Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN were told that the amount of drops will be much higher than in the actual game, so you may also see a wide selection of upgrades and new items during your brief peek. 

The game, which does not actually feature the Power Rangers, will arrive at the end of February if you happen to fall in love with it ... on Origin.

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"The open demo will run from 5pm next Friday, February 1st until Sunday the 3rd. No, it’s not long. That is preceded by a couple extra days of demo for folks who pre-order but pre-ordering is for mugs."

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Wait, copy/pasting levels is a bad thing? Dragons Age 3 reputed to be much less like Halo

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2012 - 04:19 PM |
Tagged: gaming, dragon age 3, BioWare

If you can believe the hints that BioWare is dropping, Dragon Age 3 should feel a lot less like a very expensive, poorly designed add on and more like an actual new game.  Of course, this comes from a very quick talk given at PAX about an unannounced game which might or might not be in development, so your sodium intake for the day should be adjusted to compensate.  They also implied that your choices would Effect the ending of the game ... now where have we heard that before?

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"Rumours are flying that Dragon Age 3 might be something more like the sequel to Dragon Age we’ve been hoping for. After Dragon Age 2 came out feeling more like a side-project, BioWare have dropped some hefty hints that they’re looking to redress much of that in an unannounced third game for the series. At a PAX East panel, as spotted by Eurogamer and recorded by Gamespot, Dragon Age developers discussed what a hypothetical game might contain, were it to exist, which it currently doesn’t, but obviously does. It’s to be a far more varied game, with new locales, and decisions that carry over from previous games."

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Yet another The Old Republic trailer, oh and release date

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2011 - 03:49 AM |
Tagged: The Old Republic, Star Wars, MMO, BioWare

WOW there is a lot of anticipation building up towards EA’s The Old Republic. The MMO Star Wars fans seem to be swooning over after each successive trailer release has released yet another trailer. Made entirely in-game (with the likely exception of a few title sequences) the new trailer shows the breadth of the MMO: Ton-Ton to Wookie; Droid wars to Space battles. Then, with a final unexpected jolt of music, it is finally revealed to be released December 20th, 2011 in North America and December 22nd, 2011 in Europe. And the floor be once again littered with passed out piles of PC Gamers.

Those three Jawa got messed up!

While I am personally not an MMO player it looks to me like BioWare will do Star Wars fans justice with this offering. Few companies can spread their focus and make massive games like BioWare and that is one of the main attributes required to recreate an entire world for many different viewpoints to explore. Many were nervous about the fate of The Old Republic; BioWare was very cagey with disclosing their release dates which led to speculation of behind the scene troubles developing a game as massive as they promised. Now that a date is official and is as nearby as it is, it seems like BioWare was simply just keeping the mantra: “It is done when it is done.”

Source: BioWare/EA