Ansel arrives and NVIDIA holds a celebration in their VR Funhouse

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2016 - 06:06 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, vr funhouse, ansel, vrworks

A while back Scott wrote about NVIDIA's Ansel, a screenshot application on performance enhancing drugs.  Today it arrives, paired with their new driver and adds support for Mirror's Edge Catalyst to the list of supported games such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Unreal Tournament, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and No Man’s Sky just to name a few.  The tool allows you to take 360 degree screen captures, allowing you to completely rotate around the image on a 2D screen or with VR headsets like the Vive or Rift.  Just trigger the recording while you are in game, the game will pause and you can roll, zoom, and position your focus to get the screenshot you want.  From there hit the Super Resolution button and your screenshot will be of significantly greater quality than the game ever could be.  The thumbnail below is available in its original 46080x25920 resolution by visting NVIDIA's Ansel page, it is a mere 1.7GB in size.

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NVIDIA also released their first game today, a VR Funhouse available on Steam for no charge ... apart from the HTC Vive and minimum hardware requirements of an GTX 1060 and i7 4790 or the recommended GTX 1080 and i7 5930, which are enough of an investment as it is.  There are seven games to play, expect skeet shooting, whack a mole and other standard carny games.  At the same time it is a showcase of NVIDIA's VR technology, not just the *Works which we are familiar with but also VR SLI support for those with multiple GPUs and VRWorks Multi-res Shading which reduces processing load by only rendering full detail to objects within your field of view.  If you have the hardware you should check out the game, it is certanly worth the admission price.

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Source: NVIDIA

July 14, 2016 | 06:29 PM - Posted by JohnGR

The better the graphics in games become, the more interesting Ansel will look like.

July 14, 2016 | 06:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Jeremy, you said something nice about Nvidia! YOU GODDAMNED FANBOY SHILL!!! PCPER IS SO NVIDIA BIASED! HOW MUCH DO THEY PAY YOU?

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lol

July 15, 2016 | 08:50 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nice, can't wait to try it on Witcher 3

July 15, 2016 | 11:24 AM - Posted by Butthurt Beluga

Looks like bloatware to me but undoubtedly some people might make use of Ansel.

July 15, 2016 | 11:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Non-existent customer:
"I want to spend a lot of money on a GPU, but I don't actually want to play games, I just want to take VR screenshots."

Nvidia:
"We've got your answer right here - Ansel!"

- Overheard at a recent Nvidia board meeting

July 15, 2016 | 12:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

A lot of the Nvidia users sound more like they would rather get a fat gold chain and hang a Nvidia GTX 1080 on that chain and wear it like jewelry(Bling Bling)! And they will brag about how much money it cost! Oh the vanity of it all, I’m ready for my screen shot Mr JHH! Wow a higher resolution shot of some already rendered textures applied to some low resolution meshes, it looks so wax like because the textures and meshes are made for gaming and are of a lower quality/lower resolution to be able to be rendered at 60-120 FPS, and let’s zoom in on that. It’s all so Facebook(Gag/Puke)!

July 15, 2016 | 01:39 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

The most disturbing quote from their post? 

"The very best screenshots from famous game photographers like Duncan Harris, James Pollock, Leonardo Sang and Joshua Taylor are shown in exhibitions, printed and framed ... "

July 15, 2016 | 02:14 PM - Posted by JohnGR

If you have seen what it is considered art today, you would have realized that this is nothing. I mean for example, they had given Jan Fabre the position of Artistic Director of the Athens Festival and one of the plays that he had planned to be shown in the ancient theater of Epidaurus was his "Mount Olympus". While the name does look to bond nicely with ancient Greece, in short we have nude men on stage testing the laws of physics with their penises while dancing. He was forced to resign a few days latter.

July 15, 2016 | 12:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So is this the 1%?

July 15, 2016 | 07:50 PM - Posted by Bezzell

Ditch Ansel, give us MSRP cards please.

July 15, 2016 | 09:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

SI: TAHITI
CI / GFX7: MILOS, KRYPTOS, HAWAII, NEVIS, PENNAR, BONAIRE, Kabini
VI / GFX8: ICELAND, TONGA, CARRIZO, BERMUDA, racerx, FIJI
GFX81: AMUR, STONEY, ELLESMERE, DERECHO
GFX9: GREENLAND, RAVEN1X, VEGA10, VEGA11

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