Mortal Kombat X Releases, Plays Best on GeForce-Powered PCs

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Unlike the first Mortal Kombat, which released on Windows two years after the PS3 and Xbox 360, Mortal Kombat X recently came out on PC on the exact same day as the consoles. That’s a significant milestone for the series and fans alike—this time around, you don’t have to wait to play what the consoles got months and months before. And make no mistake, the PC’s Mortal Kombat X is just as great as it is on Xbox One and PS4, except made better in just about every way.

If you own a GeForce GPU, your eyes will have the pleasure of unlocking Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), which effectively turns Mortal Kombat X into an utterly gorgeous 4K game, even on a monitor that would normally top off at 1920x1080 or 2560x1440. Think about that for a moment; all the blood-curdling fatalities, all of the bone-smashing X-Ray moves, every single gory detail will be enhanced in 4K on reasonably affordable screens. DSR is incredibly easy to activate, and it’s embedded seamlessly into your GeForce Experience’s Optimal Playable Settings.

As an added bonus to Mortal Kombat X’s drool-worthy PC graphics, you won’t need a turbo-charged rig to run it. Even if you’re rocking a modest GTX 660, punching Liu Kang’s head off will look far more intense compared to the consoles. And since the game’s heavily refitted Unreal Engine 3 isn’t brutal on your hardware, snagging 60 fps is no problem at all, which translates into flawless, unmatched gameplay.

There’s also support for NVIDIA Game Stream, so you can send Mortal Kombat X from your GeForce PC to your SHIELD Tablet or SHIELD Portable, allowing you access to some of the finest gamepads you can lay your hands on. All you need is the respective NVIDIA gear and a halfway decent Wi-Fi connection or an Ethernet hook-up to make it happen.

If you’d like to share your gruesome in-game exploits with the rest of the planet, that’s no problem either—just turn on ShadowPlay in Geforce Experience. It’s totally free, and it barely makes a dent in Mortal Kombat X’s performance (full hardware and software requirements are here). Once ShadowPlay is enabled, you can record up to the past 20 minutes of gameplay using Shadow Mode, or an endless amount of action if you switch to Manual. Plus, if you’re into live streaming, ShadowPlay will send Mortal Kombat X directly to in full HD quality; show off those perfectly executed finishing moves in real time!

For everyone out there with an Android device, you can fire up the free-to-play mobile version of Mortal Kombat X that is set to launch soon. The F2P option is a combination of a beat-em’-up and a card game, and it has dozens of characters to choose right from at the start, including fan favorites such as Kano, Raiden, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion. This isn’t a rudimentary knock-off from the source material though. The free-to-play Mortal Kombat X stands on its own, and in addition to its core mechanics being overhauled for handhelds, the graphics will knock your socks off.

Of course, one of the biggest advantages the PC has is the possibility of mods and unofficial add-ons. (Previous blockbusters such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Minecraft are perfect examples.) While Mortal Kombat X is still a newborn, there are already some cool, fan-made tweaks, such as the final boss being made into a playable character, complete with appropriately nasty fatality and X-Ray move. One intrepid gamer even figured out how to use normally inaccessible skins, such as Rain and Baraka. While these modded fighters don’t have their own specific moves (yet), it’s still fun to see their outfits on your own character, instead of only being able to battle against them. As more time goes by, you can expect to see a wide variety of mods such as these.

With so many NVIDIA-supported improvements, such as DSR, GameStream, and ShadowPlay, it’s clear that the PC is the platform of choice for Mortal Kombat X. Which GeForce enhancements will you use? What’s got you excited for the game? Drop us a line in the comments below, and check back here often for all the latest Mortal Kombat X news and updates.

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