Complete Nvidia Ansel guide: All the games and graphics cards that support it

What is Ansel?

Nvidia Ansel is an in-game capture engine with options to take regular screenshots, super-resolution screenshots, stereo screenshots, 360-degree screenshots and stereo 360-degree screenshots.

With an array of options provided and the ability to reposition your camera, you can easily choose what you capture.

This guide explains how Ansel works and how to make the most of it and provides a comprehensive list of all the games that support it, plus which Nvidia cards it works with.

How do I use Nvidia Ansel?

If you have the latest Nvidia drivers (you can download them through GeForce Experience or Nvidia's website) and a supported graphics card, using Ansel is relatively easy. Once you're in one of the supported titles, you can click ALT+F2 simultaneously to launch Ansel on top of your game screen.

Once in the Ansel menu, you can adjust the main settings such as field of view, enabling or disabling the grid of thirds, beta image enhancement, brightness, contrast, camera angle, positioning and more.

Once you have adjusted the settings and the camera placement, click "Snap" for Ansel to begin capturing your masterpiece. This can take quite some time, especially if you're using the highest super-resolution image.

It's best if you leave Ansel to do its thing while it's taking the picture. Sometimes your game can completely crash and exit if you leave the game tab. It is worth noting that this only happened to me in Watch_Dogs 2, but it might occur in other cases as well, so it's better to be cautious.

The default save location for Ansel captures is in your "Videos" directory, inside a folder named after the game where you're taking the screenshot. If you don't like the default save location, it can be changed by launching NvCameraConfigurator.exe from Program Files/NVIDIA corporation/Tools/Ansel.

If you press ALT+F2 again, hit escape or click "Done", it will close the interface.

Types of Ansel images:

Screenshots: Nvidia Ansel's screenshot tool is like any other screenshotting tool, such as the one built-in to Steam. Ansel's regular screenshots don't do the software any justice and look softer than they should.

Super Resolution Screenshots: These screenshots are the key to Ansel. Super Resolution Screenshots allow you to choose your resolution in increments along a slider up to a resolution of 63360x35640, 33 times Full High Definition (this value can be tinkered with outside of the app so that it's even larger!). This absurd quality means you can take a photo from one area and completely adjust what is in frame in editing, without making the image look blurry. It also means these files are massive, so make sure you have adequate space on your drive.

Stereo Screenshots: Stereo screenshots place the same screen image side-by-side, doubling the width of the final product but keeping the height.

360 Degree Screenshots: Ansel allows you to take two different types of 360-degree screenshots, regular 360 degrees and 360-degree stereo screenshots. These images give a more immersive view into the beautiful worlds that are present in today's games.

Longevity of Ansel:

Ubisoft was initially one of Ansel's big supporters with three massive titles toting support for the new software. Assassin's Creed: Origins, a prime candidate for Ansel support, included its own photomode.

In a response to finder's query, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Origins team told us the reason they used an in-house solution was because "we wanted the feature to be universally accessible for all players."

The idea of Ansel is great and the community surrounding the art that is in-game photography is strong and ever-growing. People really enjoy sharing their creations with the community, or just keeping them for themselves to enjoy. Photo modes present inside games are here to stay for the foreseeable future, but whether Ansel will evolve with the industry and stay current or become irrelevant is something we've yet to see.

Ansel is fairly future-proof in the sense that it can already handle much larger resolutions than what is typical today, and this makes for fantastic and rich photos that are far ahead of other solutions, such as the built-in Xbox screen capture tools and the new photo mode in Assassin's Creed: Origins.

Ansel Games:

Nvidia Ansel supports 35 games from 31 developers.

Here is a complete list of all Nvidia Ansel games (as of the time of writing).

Game Publisher Developer Release Date Price (USD)
Agents of Mayhem Deep Silver Volition August 16, 2017 39.99
ARK: Survival Evolved Studio Wildcard Studio Wildcard, Instinct Games, Efecto Studios, Virtual Basement August 29, 2017 59.99
ATOM RPG AtomTeam AtomTeam November 28, 2017 14.99
Aven Colony Team17 Mothership Entertainment July 25, 2017 29.99
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Gearbox Publishing People Can Fly April 8, 2017 39.99
CAT Interstellar Ionized Games Ionized Games October 7, 2017 4.99
CHKN Katapult Katapult April 1, 2016 14.99
Claybook Second Order Second Order October 18, 2017 19.99
Conqueror's Blade Booming Games Booming Games In Beta -
Conan Exiles Funcom Funcom January 31, 2017 29.99
Dark and Light Snail Snail July 20, 2017 29.99
Dishonored 2 Bethesda Softworks Arkane Studios November 11 2016 39.95
Fade to Silence THQ Nordic Black Forest Games December 15, 2017 29.99
For Honor Ubisoft Ubisoft Montreal, Quebec, Toronto & Blue Byte February 14, 2017 66.95
Formula Fusion R8 Games LTD R8 Games LTD June 1, 2017 19.95
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Ninja Theory Ninja Theory August 8, 2017 29.99
Kona Parabole Parabole March 17, 2017 19.99
Mass Effect: Andromeda EA Bioware March 21, 2017 59.99
Middle-earth: Shadow of War WB Games Monolith Productions October 10, 2017 59.99
Mirror's Edge Catalyst EA DICE June 7, 2016 14.99
Nioh: Complete Edition KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. November 7, 2017 49.99
Obduction Cyan Inc. Cyan Inc. August 25, 2016 29.99
Paragon Epic Games Epic Games March 18, 2016 Free to play
PixArk Snail Snail In Beta -
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Konami Konami, PES Productions September 14, 2017 59.99
Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue Mercury Steam Entertainment s.l. MercurySteam September 22, 2017 Free to play
Snake Pass Sumo Digital Sumo Digital March 28, 2017 19.99
Tekken 7 Bandai Namco Bandai Namco June 2, 2017 49.99
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt CD PROJEKT RED CD PROJEKT RED May 18, 2015 39.99
The Witness Thekla, Inc. Thekla, Inc. Jan 26, 2016 39.99
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Ubisoft Ubisoft Paris, Annecy, Bucharest, Montpellier, Milan, Belgrade and Reflections March 7, 2017 66.95
Transformers Online NetDragon Websoft NetDragon Websoft March, 2012 -
War Thunder Gaijin Entertainment Gaijin Entertainment August 15, 2013 Free to play
Watch_Dogs 2 Ubisoft Ubisoft November 29, 2016 66.95
WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship Bigben Interactive Kylotonn Racing Games September 15, 2017 39.99

In a post on Nvidia's blog, we learned that Fortnite, Unreal Tournament, Lawbreakers, The Division and No Man's Sky would be supporting Nvidia Ansel. That said, this post was from May 2016, so don't hold your breath.

We contacted Epic Games for information on Fortnite and Unreal Tournament support, but representatives did not comment on the matter and told us to check the company news page for any announcements in the future.

What graphics cards are supported?

Being a Nvidia product, Ansel is exclusively available on Nvidia graphics cards. If you've got a Nvidia graphics card from the Titan V to the GTX 650, you should be able to run Ansel.

Here's a complete list of all of the graphics cards that are supported by Ansel.

Model Series Architecture
GeForce GTX Titan V 10 Series Volta
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 10 Series Pascal
GeForce GTX 1080 10 Series Pascal
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 10 Series Pascal
GeForce GTX 1070 10 Series Pascal
GeForce GTX 1060 10 Series Pascal
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 10 Series Pascal
GeForce GTX 1050 10 Series Pascal
GeForce GTX Titan X 10 Series Pascal
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 9 Series Maxwell
GeForce GTX 980 9 Series Maxwell
GeForce GTX 970 9 Series Maxwell
GeForce GTX 960 9 Series Maxwell
GeForce GTX 950 9 Series Maxwell
GeForce GTX 980M 9 Series Mobile Maxwell
GeForce GTX 970M 9 Series Mobile Maxwell
GeForce GTX 965M 9 Series Mobile Maxwell
GeForce GTX 960M 9 Series Mobile Maxwell
GeForce GTX 950M 9 Series Mobile Maxwell
GeForce GTX 880M 8 Series Mobile Kepler
GeForce GTX 870M 8 Series Mobile Kepler
GeForce GTX 860M 8 Series Mobile Maxwell
GeForce GTX 850M 8 Series Mobile Maxwell
GeForce GTX Titan Black 7 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX Titan 7 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 780 Ti 7 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 780 7 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 770 7 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 760 7 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 750 Ti 7 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 750 7 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 780M 7 Series Mobile Kepler
GeForce GTX 770M 7 Series Mobile Kepler
GeForce GTX 765M 7 Series Mobile Kepler
GeForce GTX 760M 7 Series Mobile Kepler
GeForce GTX 690 6 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 680 6 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 670 6 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 660 6 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 6 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 6 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 650 6 Series Kepler
GeForce GTX 680MX 6 Series Mobile Kepler
GeForce GTX 680M 6 Series Mobile Kepler
GeForce GTX 675MX 6 Series Mobile Kepler
GeForce GTX 670MX 6 Series Mobile Kepler
GeForce GTX 660M 6 Series Mobile Kepler

Note: We contacted Nvidia for information on Ansel support for the Titan V, which had not been listed on its website. We also contacted Hello Games but received no response, and CD PROJEKT RED's team were unavailable to comment.

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