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

We break down how Nvidia's screenshot tool works and how to make the most of it.

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Nvidia Ansel The Witcher 3 capture

What is Nvidia 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.

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

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

Game Genre
300 Heroes (300 Ying Xiong) MOBA
7 Days to Die Survival Horror
Agents of Mayhem Open World
Anno 1800 Strategy
ARK: Survival Evolved Survival
ARMA 3 Shooter
Ascendant One MMORPG
Assassin's Creed Action Adventure
Assassin's Creed II Action Adventure
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Action Adventure
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Action Adventure
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Action Adventure
Assassin's Creed: Origins Action Adventure
Assassin's Creed: Revelations Action Adventure
Assassin's Creed: Rogue Action Adventure
Assassin's Creed: Unity Action Adventure
Assetto Corsa Racing
Astroneer Survival
ATOM RPG RPG
Aven Colony Strategy
Bard's Tale IV RPG
Battlefield 3 Shooter
Battlefield 4 Shooter
Battlefield V Shooter
Battletech Strategy
Black Desert MMORPG
Borderlands 2 Shooter
Brawlhalla Fighting
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Shooter
Call of Cthulhu RPG
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Shooter
Call of Duty Online Shooter
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Shooter
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Shooter
Call of Duty: WWII Shooter
CAT Interstellar Adventure
CHKN Survival
Cities Skylines Strategy
Claybook Puzzle
Conan Exiles Open World
Conqueror's Blade MMORPG
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Shooter
Counter-Strike: Source Shooter
CrossFire: Rival Factions Shooter
Crowfall MMORPG
Cuphead Platformer
Dangerous Driving Racing
Dark and Light Survival
Dark Souls II RPG
Dark Souls III RPG
Darksiders 3 RPG
Dawn of Man Strategy
Dead by Daylight Survival
Dead Cells Platformer
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Fighting
Deep Rock Galactic Survival
Descenders Racing
Destiny 2 Shooter
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Action Adventure
Diablo III RPG
Dirt 4 Racing
Dirty Bomb Shooter
Dishonored Action Adventure
Dishonored 2 Action Adventure
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Fighting
Divinity: Original Sin 2 RPG
Don't Starve Survival
DOTA 2 MOBA
Dragon Age: Inquisition RPG
Dragon Cliff RPG
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age RPG
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen RPG
Dying Light Action Adventure
Dying Light Bad Blood Action Adventure
Elex RPG
Elite Dangerous RPG
Euro Truck Simulator 2 Driving
Europa Universalis IV Strategy
Extopia Shooter
F1 2018 Racing
Fade to Silence Survival
Faith of Danschant RPG
Fallout 4 RPG
Far Cry 4 Shooter
Far Cry 5 Shooter
Farming Simulator 19 Simulation
Farming Simulator 2015 Simulation
Fate/EXTELLA Link Action
FIFA 17 Sports
FIFA 18 Sports
FIFA 19 Sports
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn MMORPG
Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition RPG
For Honor Action
Formula Fusion Racing
Fortnite Battle Royale Survival
Forza Horizon 4 Racing
Fractured Lands MMORPG
FrostPunk Strategy
Generation Zero Survival
Grand Theft Auto V Open World
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Open World
Grim Dawn RPG
GRIP Racing
Gu Jian Qi Tan Online (古剑奇谭网络版) MMORPG
Guild Wars 2 MMORPG
H1Z1 Survival
Half-Life 2 Shooter
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Card Game
Hearts of Iron IV Strategy
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Adventure
Heroes of the Storm MOBA
Hitman 2 Action Adventure
Hot Lava Platformer
Immortal: Unchained RPG
Imperator: Rome Strategy
Insurgency Shooter
Insurgency Sandstorm Shooter
Iron Harvest Strategy
Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale Survival
Jurassic World Evolution Strategy
Just Survive Survival
Justice Online MMORPG
JX3 Online MMORPG
Killing Floor 2 Shooter
Kingdom Come: Deliverance RPG
Kona Adventure
League of Legends MOBA
Left 4 Dead 2 Shooter
Lost Ark MMORPG
Mad Max Open World
Madden NFL19 Sports
Mafia III Open World
Maneater RPG
MapleStory MMORPG
Mass Effect: Andromeda RPG
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE Action
Metal Gear Survive Survival
Metro: Exodus Shooter
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Open World
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Action Adventure
Mirror's Edge Catalyst Action Adventure
Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 2 Racing
Monster Hunter World RPG
Moonlight Blade MMORPG
Mortal Kombat 11 Fighting
MotoGP™18 Racing
Mount and Blade Strategy
MXGP PRO Racing
NBA2K Online Sports
Need for Speed Online Racing
Need for Speed Payback Racing
Nioh: Complete Edition RPG
Obduction Adventure
Outpost Zero Survival
Outward RPG
Overwatch Shooter
Paladins Shooter
Paragon Shooter
Past Cure Action Adventure
Payday 2 Shooter
Phantom Doctrine Strategy
PixArk Survival
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Survival
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Sports
PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019 Sports
Project CARS 2 Racing
Pure Farming 2018 Simulation
Q.U.B.E. 2 Puzzle
Quake Champions Shooter
Rage 2 Open World
Raiders of the Broken Planet Survival
Railway Empire Strategy
Redout Racing
Ride 3 Racing
Rift MMORPG
Ring of Elysium Survival
Rise of the Tomb Raider Action Adventure
Risk of Rain 2 Shooter
Rocket League Sports
Rust Survival
Sea of Thieves Survival
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Action Adventure
Sid Meier's Civilization V Strategy
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption RPG
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Strategy
Smite MOBA
Snake Pass Puzzle
Sonic Forces Action Adventure
SOULCALIBUR VI Fighting
Space Engineers Survival
Star Control Origins Strategy
Star Trek Online MMORPG
Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG
Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II Shooter
Starcraft II Strategy
State of Decay 2 Survival
Stellaris Strategy
Strange Brigade Shooter
Subnautica: Below Zero Survival
Super Inefficient Golf Puzzle
Switchblade Action
Team Fortress 2 Shooter
Tekken 7 Fighting
Terraria Survival
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Action
The Crew 2 Racing
The DRG Initiative Shooter
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion RPG
The Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition RPG
The Evil Within 2 Action Adventure
The Forest Survival
The Invisible Guardian Adventure
The Sims 3 Simulation
The Sims 4 Simulation
The Surge RPG
The Three Kingdoms of China Strategy
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt RPG
The Witness Puzzle
Tian Long Ba Bu MMORPG
TianYu MMORPG
Titanfall 2 Shooter
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Open World
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege Shooter
Tom Clancy's The Division Open World
Transference Adventure
Transformers Online Action
Trials Rising Racing
Tropico 6 Strategy
TT Isle of Man Racing
Unturned Survival
V-Rally 4 Racing
Vampyr RPG
War Thunder Shooter
Warface Shooter
Warframe Shooter
Watch Dogs 2 Open World
Watch_Dogs Open World
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Shooter
World Of Tanks MMO
World of Warcraft MMO
World of Warships MMO
World War Z Shooter
WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship Racing
YAKUZA KIWAMI 2 RPG

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 RTX 2080 Ti 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 RTX 2080 Ti 20 Series Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 20 Series Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 20 Series Turing
GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 20 Series Turing
GeForce RTX 2070 20 Series Turing
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 20 Series Turing
GeForce RTX 2060 20 Series Turing
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 10 Series Turing
GeForce GTX 1660 10 Series Turing
GeForce GTX 1650 10 Series Turing
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

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