NVIDIA Ansel Available Now In Kona and Snake Pass

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NVIDIA Ansel is a revolutionary technology that hands gamers the tools to capture unique, professional-grade 2D, 360° and Virtual Reality 360° screenshots on GeForce GTX graphics cards. Capture personally-framed freecam screenshots, adjust the field of view and rotation of the screen, add optional Instagram-style filters, and save to shareable filetypes with a single click. Simply hit Alt+F2 during gameplay and you’ll be able to capture incredible screenshots that were previously impossible to frame and snap.

Today, with the release of the GeForce Game Ready 381.65 WHQL drivers, we're unlocking NVIDIA Ansel support in Kona, a stylish 1970's adventure game, and in Snake Pass, a one of a kind physics-based puzzle platform adventure starring a slithering snake called Noodle, and his best friend Doodle, a Hummingbird.

Kona is the first Unity-engine game to add NVIDIA Ansel support, which was achieved by simply download and integrating the free SDK plugin from the Unity asset store - look for other Unity games to follow suit in the future. Snake Pass, meanwhile, is built on Unreal Engine, where the NVIDIA Ansel plugin is built directly into the engine, and can be enabled with a few clicks. Add support to your Unreal Engine game or project by following the steps here.

NVIDIA Ansel: Kona User Interface NVIDIA Ansel: Snake Pass User Interface

To capture your own unique Kona and Snake Pass screenshots using NVIDIA Ansel:  

  1. Download and install our latest Game Ready driver from GeForce Experience or GeForce.com
  2. Open the digital distribution service you acquired Kona or Snake Pass from and download the latest game update
  3. Open Kona or Snake Pass and press Alt+F2 during gameplay to open the NVIDIA Ansel interface
  4. Reposition the camera using WASD, Z, X, and left mouse (hold shift to accelerate movement), or use a controller (D-Pad navigates the Ansel UI, ‘A’ on Xbox controllers takes screenshots), change Ansel options as desired, click “Snap”, and open your “Videos” folder in Windows to view the results

Using the many options enabled by Ansel you’ll be able to adjust framing for the perfect view, apply filters or define your own custom filter, and capture 2D, Stereo, 360° Virtual Reality, 360° Stereo, and super resolution screenshots. Take a look below for further info.

Free Camera

Freeze time, and roll, zoom and reposition the camera to create the perfect shot. Go wherever you want during any quest or moment, or fly as far as the troposphere to create something truly unique.

NVIDIA Ansel: Kona Free Camera Screenshot NVIDIA Ansel: Snake Pass Free Camera Screenshot

Super Resolution (Beta)

Using the power of your GeForce GTX GPU we can capture Ansel screenshots at “super resolutions”, such as 63,360 x 35,640. Up to 33 times higher than 1920 x 1080, the most commonly used gaming resolution, screenshots captured at this resolution are incredibly detailed, with even the smallest objects retaining definition when you zoom in. Downscale to create amazing desktop wallpapers, make screenshots large enough for physical printing, or crop an image without loss of quality. Check out some examples in the Ansel Super Resolution Gallery.

To use Super Resolution, select “Super Resolution” under “Capture Type”, pick a resolution to capture at (the filesize indicates the amount of temporary space required to capture and assemble the screenshot), and click “Snap” (to view multi-GB images on your PC, you’ll need to use Irfanview, Windows Photo Viewer, or another 64-bit image application).

Post-Process Filters

Tweak the look, feel and mood of your screenshot before capturing using six included filters, or manually adjust brightness, contrast and other options yourself.

NVIDIA Ansel: Kona Filter Screenshot Collage NVIDIA Ansel: Snake Pass Filter Screenshot Collage

360° Captures For Desktops, Facebook, Google Cardboard and VR Headsets

Capture 360° panoramic screenshots in mono or stereo. View these images in Google Cardboard, on your PC, on Facebook, or in a VR headset.

For Android and Cardboard users, we’ve released the NVIDIA VR Viewer, which is bundled with Ansel 360° screenshots that you can view today. Download the app to check it out and to view your own screenshots. Easily upload your pictures through Google to view on your Android phone.

For PC Virtual Reality users, the NVIDIA Ansel technology page walks you through the process of viewing Ansel VR screenshots in your Virtual Reality headset.

NVIDIA Ansel: Kona 360 Degree Photosphere Screenshot NVIDIA Ansel: Snake Pass 360 Degree Photosphere Screenshot
View additional examples of 360° photospheres here

NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs dating back to the 600 Series support NVIDIA Ansel, so make sure you download the new Game Ready driver and the latest Kona and Snake Pass game updates to start capturing your own, unique, professional-grade screenshots. And once you have something you’re proud of, send it to us via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for a chance to have your image shared with our millions of fans.

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