NVIDIA Ansel Available Now In ARK: Survival Evolved

By Andrew Burnes on January 09, 2016 | Featured Stories NVIDIA Ansel

Today you begin your ARK: Scorched Earth adventure alone and naked in a fiery desert wasteland. To survive you’ll need to find water and food, harvest new flora, and craft new items. Thrive and you’ll tame new creatures — and even bring back jaw-dropping images — from a stunning new world.

We’ve enabled ARK: Survival Evolved and its expansion pack Scorched Earth with NVIDIA Ansel, a powerful, easy-to-use game camera that lets you capture professional-grade screenshots in ways you never could before. ARK players can now enjoy the biggest expansion pack yet, entitled Scorched Earth, an entirely new desert-themed ARK filled with new biomes, creatures, gameplay mechanics, and challenges that will push players’ survival skills to the limit.

You’ll be able to travel back and forth from the Scorched Earth map to the ARK: Survival Evolved main game, taking with you newly collected tools, weapons, and their new tamed creatures to impress your friends and dazzle your combatants.

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 at any point during and you'll be able to capture incredible screenshots that were previously impossible to frame and snap.

To capture your own unique ARK: Survival Evolved screenshots using NVIDIA Ansel:  

  1. Download and install our latest Game Ready driver from GeForce Experience or GeForce.com
  2. Open Steam and download the new ARK: Survival Evolved game update
  3. Play ARK: Survival Evolved 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. Go wherever you want during any quest or moment to create the perfect shot, or fly as far as the troposphere to create something truly unique.

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. In addition, turning on Ansel in ARK: Survival Evolved increases the level of detail to create the highest quality images possible.

Check out some other examples of Super Resolution in our nifty Ansel Super Resolution Gallery

Use Super Resolution to capture incredible screenshots. Downscale to create amazing desktop wallpapers, make screenshots large enough for physical printing, or crop the image without loss of image quality - super Resolution is a brand new innovation with possibilities that have yet to be explored. Check out some examples of Super Resolution in the Ansel Super Resolution Gallery.

To use Super Resolution in ARK: Survival Evolved, 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 or another 64-bit image application).

Super Resolution forges new ground, creating entirely new functionality that has never before been possible. And over time it will evolve and integrated even more cutting-edge technology that further improves its functionality and feature set. For status updates and a FAQ please follow this forum thread.

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.

360° Captures for Desktops, Google Cardboard and Virtual Reality

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

View 360° photosphere screenshots here

NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs dating back to the 600 Series support NVIDIA Ansel, so make sure you download the latest Game Ready driver and the new ARK: Survival Evolved game update today to start capturing your own, unique, professional-grade screenshots. And once you have something you're proud of, send it to us via FacebookInstagram, or Twitter for a chance to have your image shared with our millions of fans.

NVIDIA Ansel is also available for Mirror's Edge CatalystThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and The Witness. Stay tuned to GeForce.com for news of future developments, and the implementation of Ansel in other top titles.