Mass Effect Andromeda Will Support Joypad For PC And HDR, 21:9 Resolution Being Looked Into

Bioware going all out.

Posted By | On 04th, Dec. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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It’s actually pretty easy to forget given the mainstream success that the developer’s games see these days, but Bioware actually started their life as a developer of PC exclusive cRPGs, based on the Dungeons and Dragons setting and rulesets. So it’s only apt in a way that with the PC version of the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda, they will be going all out.

Speaking on Twitter, Bioware’s Aaryn Flynn confirmed that the PC version of the game will have full gamepad support, for people who would rather play this game with the controller than on keyboard and mouse. Michael Gamble also confirmed that they are looking into supporting 21:9 resolution, though he did admit that this was subject to change.

Finally, Aaryn Flynn confirmed that the game will support HDR, though given the state of HDR on PC, it is likely he was referring just to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S versions with that. Mass Effect Andromeda is currently slated to launch for Xbox One, PS4, and PC in Spring 2017. You can check out the game’s first gameplay footage from The Game Awards here.


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  • Psionicinversion

    what do you mean by the state of HDR on PC? HDR monitors will be announced at CES in january and because we use display port we can have much higher resolutions and framerates in HDR than the consoles will ever achieve thanks to DP1.4

    also it takes next to no time to implement HDR. if Mass effect was a yearly released game you could make an arguement for it but its not. there wont be a mass effect 6 for another 5 or so years most likely and that is if there is one.

    • Clint Hoffman

      While the monitors may be coming…they are not here yet, pricing has not been announced and the billions (yes billions) of computer users are currently using old non-HDR equipment.
      I can not wait for HDR and full/wide color support to be everywhere (Note 7 had first HDR screen) but it likely won’t be until about the year 2020 before we even see 1/3 the population with HDR monitors in use. People simply do not buy new monitors as often as they replace computers. :/

    • Psionicinversion

      Yeah I know but same could be said for the consoles. Why bother adding HDR when a very small percentage of people own a true HDR TV. Samsung 49inch KS8000 is £1300 for example and same thing applies people don’t upgrade there TVs as often as they replace other stuff. There are cheaper “HDR” TVs but there not even close to the 1000nit requirement and alot of them don’t even use 10bit panels. I don’t think even 1/4 of the population will be running HDR TVs by 2020 unless TV channel providers start offering alot of content in it.

      I think about 27inch 4k HDR gsync monitor will be around the £1000 mark and id buy one soon as there released. Besides mass effect isn’t likely to launch until April anyway so there’s plenty of time

    • Clint Hoffman

      At least we CAN buy an HDR TV. Just got my KS8500 55″ last week. It is an excellent match for my Pro. Loving every second of it. I don’t use my One S much but I still have to play Gears 4 so at least I get that in HDR!

    • Psionicinversion

      Here’s the thing… I COULD buy a hdr TV and plug my computer into it which it already is anyway. Plugged into my monitor and TV and play HDR games, your console isn’t special just these lazy devs can’t be bothered spend a few days add it to the pc version

    • Clint Hoffman

      I’m not so sure the devs are as lazy as you think. Especially when the GPU manufacturers only started talking about adding HDR/Wide Color, DolbyVision Support, etc. in their video cards within the last few months. Heck, AMD just put out a post on how their new drivers will include all of the above. Nvidia did something similar with theirs a little while back if I remember correctly.
      In terms of devs…why expend effort if no one can see it? Especially when everyone has to justify time/cost to their boss & publisher. :/

    • Psionicinversion

      What do you mean started talking about it a few months ago? It’s in pascal and polaris right now and was demonstrated at the start of the year. If AMD didn’t add that in polaris no console would be able to do it. I think your giving credit in the wrong area.

      The colour stuff is core part of the gpu as it has to be able to output 10bit colour per channel.

      Do you think sony/MS designs AMDs gpus and AMD sits back and does nothing or something?

    • Clint Hoffman

      It’s not just 10bit color. It’s the 2020 color space, it’s hdmi 2.0a, it’s input lag, it’s 4:4:4 Chroma support and all the nuances that come with those items. If you look at some of the recent press releases it has only been within the last few months that the manufacturers have officially stated they have drivers and/or products that now meet all hdr10 requirements and include the drivers to take advantage of those hardware advances. All talk prior to the first official press release of the necessary driver support was just that… Talk. No game devs have the time/money to start including things in the game engine unless they have access to budgets and resources to do so.

    • Psionicinversion

      input lag has nothing to do with HDR10. for example KS8000 input lag in gaming mode about 21ms, input lag in all other modes 100+ms. only reason why you need low input lag in games is because your controlling the thing so needs be as low as possible and is entirely panel dependent. Same with all the other stuff you mentioned the TV needs to be capable of displaying it more than anything. I dunno if you think only your consoles are HDR10 compliant but the pc gpus arent is downright ludicrous.

      the only TVs that come with proper HDR10 support are those that released this year. whereas the GPUs are completely fine, polaris and pascal both have HDMI2.0b.

      Shadow Warrior 2 on PC is the first game with HDR and it works properly so if they can do it im sure a developer like DICE or Bioware can spare the time to do it. Most of the code is most likely reusable as your just tone mapping to the HDR display so how much do you think it would cost 1 engineer a few days to implement?? a few $100 in time maybe, yup the resources and cost is STAGGERING!!!! Bioware will defo implement it anyway cus there games still sell on PC years after release. I bet battlefield will release it once they see HDR monitors coming on the scene.

    • Clint Hoffman

      I’m not saying it will be expensive, I’m saying devs have to think years in advance when making games and just because something like HDR is now available and may only take 1% or less of your total game resources to implement does NOT mean that management will authorize that.
      As for input lag, HDR and other items tied to it most certainly increase input lag unless the tv manufacturers ensure they code for it properly with the correct hardware. Samsung is going great. LG and Sony are scrambling to update firmware because their lag is in the toilet in comparison to Samsung. The rest of the mfgers are selling partial implementations. :/

    • Psionicinversion

      why not? you can do it at the same time your doing it for the ps4 and x1? why should they get it and not the pc?? it takes no time at all. They want FULL PRICE and DLC/EXPANSION money off us… yeah they can damn well add it. planning years in advance has nothing to do with it. how many years in advance did they plan for the PS4 Pro?? ill tell you… zero years thats how long.

      you can keep making stupid excuses that make no sense at all all day long but end of the day they are the ones wanting money off us so they can take a few days out and do it. All the games like now and before yeah they can not bother adding it as no one will care next year, but the big games next year can damn well add it for the price we pay for there product.

      Ill guarantee that DICE will patch HDR into BF1 when the monitors start dropping and seeing as AMD and nvidia cut deals with them to sell there games with GPUs theyll make sure to get it added in there.

      LG cant fix its input lag with a firmware update. Ive read the B6 has 51 ms and the E6 has 36ms, its to much so have to wait till next years OLED’s. ive seen samsung TV side by side with OLED and atm id give OLED the edge but i wont be buying till 1 years time anyway cus dont need a 4K TV till then

    • Vidura

      lol LG OLED already fixed their OLED input lag.

    • Psionicinversion

      I can only go on what I’ve read so if it’s true what you say… Prove it

    • Vidura

      Just go over to rtings.com

    • Psionicinversion

      hmmm on B6 it cycles from 38-54ms still fairly high even if it does say its average. Guess thats where pc monitors shine with 4ms lag on IPS/VA panels and probably why they cost more per inch than a tv

    • Vidura

      As long as it hovers around 35ms you won’t notice it, not everyone will be playing csgo or something.

    • Psionicinversion

      Yah maybe, hope they improve it on there 2017 models. Might be interested in one next year

    • Vidura

      Why not go for the c6 ? It’s just curved and HAS 3D. Sony will be coming out with their own OLEDs (panels from LG) in 2017 too.

    • Psionicinversion

      Got an LG TV with 3d for about 6 years and only really used it a few times in the first year. 3d is rubbish really. Only film that was really any decent was avatar.

      Don’t really care about curved, seems useless sitting like 2-3 meters away.


 

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