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NVIDIA announces Ansel RTX for creating high quality ray-traced in-game photos

NVIDIA's Ansel RTX enables high quality ray tracing in-game photo capture. (Source: NVIDIA)
NVIDIA's Ansel RTX enables high quality ray tracing in-game photo capture. (Source: NVIDIA)
NVIDIA's next generation GeForce RTX cards come with support for Ansel RTX, which enables creating high quality in-game ray traced photos. Invoking Ansel RTX in a supported game increases the level of ray tracing — to a level which is not possible in real time — to create a high quality in-game photo. Games that do not yet support the Ansel SDK can still use some of the platform features to create Super Resolution in-game shots.

NVIDIA's new RTX GPUs are not just about ray tracing and AI goodness in games but they also help in creating high quality ray-traced in-game photos thanks to Ansel RTX. In ray tracing supported games, Ansel RT increases the extent of ray tracing beyond real time levels when the game is paused so as to create a high quality ray-traced in-game photo. NVIDIA shows the example of invoking Ansel RT in Assetto Corsa Competizione, which results in 10x the number of refractions per pixel, 12x Ambient Occlusion samples, 32x shadow samples, and 40x reflection samples. Rendering that many rays in real time is highly computational intensive and not possible with current hardware but should work fine for stills, which is what NVIDIA is trying to market here.

Of course, developers need to integrate Ansel SDK features in their games to get all the ray tracing goodness but NVIDIA says Super Resolution in-game photos complete with HDR and filters should be possible in just about any other game running on the new GeForce RTX cards. Ansel RTX also leverages Turing's Tensor cores to apply AI-assisted resolution scaling so that in-game shots can be saved up to 8K resolution. In other words, it is Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) applied to in-game photos.

Alongside Ansel, NVIDIA is also introducing new Freestyle filters that allow customizing in-game photos. These filters will be released in the upcoming Game Ready driver. The extent of Ansel RTX-powered effects will vary depending on whether the game uses the Ansel SDK or not. NVIDIA says there are about 50+ games that will be implementing the SDK, which gives exclusive features such as Ansel RT, 360/VR screenshot, and Free Camera. Another 150+ games do not currently implement the SDK but they too can reap benefits from Ansel as they get HDR, filters, and AI-assisted Super Resolution for in-game photos.

The benefits of the new NVIDIA RTX GPUs will be gradually realized over time as more games and GPU-dependent applications take advantage of the new capabilities. Possibly, there might be even more cool software features that NVIDIA would reveal in due course.

Ansel can upscale a 1X shot up to 8K using AI. (Source: NVIDIA)
Ansel can upscale a 1X shot up to 8K using AI. (Source: NVIDIA)
Quite a handful of games will be supporting Ansel RTX. (Source: NVIDIA)
Quite a handful of games will be supporting Ansel RTX. (Source: NVIDIA)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-08-23 (Update: 2018-08-23)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.