Mass Effect 2: Better quality with downsampling at 6400 x 3600 pixels
PC Games Hardware has already reported about the quality improvements delivered by the downsampling technique. Now the recently released Mass Effect 2 has been visually upgraded.
Downsampling is a special technique to increase the visual quality of PC game. The image is calculated at a higher resolution than it is displayed at. Basically the monitor is tricked into displaying a higher resolution than possible, which is downsized to fit the native resolution of the screen. Accordingly the edges are smoothed and in some situations the image looks sharper. But downsampling is quite complex and doesn't work with every hardware setup.
Now users from the 3D Center Forum have published downsampling screenshots of Mass Effect 2. The pictures were for example calculated at a resolution of 6400 x 3600 pixels. Downsampled to the resolution at which they are displayed, this results in an anti-aliasing effect. This gives the Unreal Engine 3 based Mass Effect 2 a visual advantage.
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