See how Ryse is embracing the power of PC

September 24, 2014 by Crytek

See how Ryse is embracing the power of PC

On October 10th, Crytek's Ryse: Son of Rome is coming to PC – inviting players to step into the shoes of Marius Titus and embark on a quest for revenge that blends cinematic storytelling with bone-crushing combat. For PC players, the game's arrival on their preferred platform also brings some eye-popping visual updates to make the experience incredibly immersive, and includes a wealth of customization options to give them total control over the finer details of how they play. Check out the info below to discover just some of what Ryse: Son of Rome is bringing to the table!


4K Resolution Support

Among the headline-grabbing reasons to try Ryse on PC is the fact the game offers 4K resolution support. The next leap forward in display technology, 4K takes visuals to spectacular new levels of detail and offers players a whole new window on the worlds they interact with. In Ryse, the results of 4K support can be seen in the jaw-dropping textures, shading and more – bringing ancient Rome to life like you've never seen it before.


Comprehensive Customization

Enough beating around the bush – most of the questions we have received about the PC version of Ryse were firmly centered on graphics and performance, and here we want to show you the many ways that you can tweak the game to make the best of your hardware. Below, you can find a list of all the different entries in the game’s two graphics-related options menus:


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Graphics Options:

Window Resolution: Fairly straightforward – select at what resolution you want to run Ryse on your PC. We support resolutions up to 4k (or Ultra HD, as some call it) at 3840 × 2160.

Supersampling: Often abbreviated as SSAA, Super-Sampling is an anti-aliasing technique that helps to give the game a smoother (or un-jagged) look. Options are: Off, 1.5x1.5 or 2x2.

Graphics Quality: Some gamers just want to dive right into the action, so we have included some quality pre-sets for the game’s graphics: Low, Normal and High.

Texture Resolution: This setting is automatically detected by the game for good performance. Our release notes will explain how enthusiasts can manually change this.

Fullscreen: Prefer to play fullscreen, or in window mode? We've got you covered either way.

VSYNC: Occasionally, your GPU’s output and that of your monitor can be out of sync, leading to some screen tearing. You can prevent these glitches by enabling VSYNC (or vertical sync).

Lock FPS: Ryse has an unlocked framerate by default, with your hardware power being the only limiting factor. If you prefer a more even experience, you can enable the optional frame lock at 30fps.

Native Upscaling: This option allows you to run the game at a lower resolution than your screen is putting it out at, with the game being upscaled to the actual native screen resolution. The UI is always rendered at native resolution.

Rendering Resolution: This option only comes into play when you have enabled Native Upscaling. It allows you to select what resolution the game is rendered at.

Beyond these options, Ryse offers a second menu for you to further tweak your “Advanced Graphics”. Most of these options can be set to either “Low”, Normal” or “High”.


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Shading Quality: This adjusts the quality and detail of shading effects such as reflections, ambient occlusion or hair shaders. 

Object Detail: This option allows you to change the rendering quality of the objects in the game, as well as how and when Level-of-Detail (LOD) is applied to them.

Shadows Quality: Here you can select how detailed the shadows of characters and objects in the game world are rendered.

Particle Quality: This option impacts the quality and amount of particles like fiery sparks.

Animation Quality: Here you can adjusts the quality of animations (for example, whether vertex animations on base meshes and their LODs are used).

Motion Blur: Turning on Motion Blur can lead to a more life-like image, in which quickly moving objects become blurred.

Temporal Anti-Aliasing: You can enable TAA to fight temporal aliasing, a kind of flickering that can occur on fast-moving objects on-screen.

Anisotropic Filtering: Anisotropic Filtering (AF) helps to improve the clarity of the textures in game. Depending on your GPU, you can set it to 2x, 4x, 8x or even 16x.


An Expanded Empire

The PC version of Ryse will launch with 4 DLC packs that were previously released over time for the Xbox One version of the game. All in all, these packs add more than a dozen new maps to the Multiplayer Mode, as well as the all-new Survival Mode and five new skins that you can deck your gladiator out with. We have also removed the optional microtransactions that were present on the Xbox One.


Pre-order for Exclusive Rewards

Ahead of its release on October 10th, Ryse: Son of Rome can be pre-ordered on Steam. Players who pre-order will receive an exclusive digital copy of the game's stirring soundtrack – which was scored by three veteran composers and performed by the Hungarian Studio Orchestra. The soundtrack features 25 epic compositions, one of which you can check out on SoundCloud right now!

Of course, with Ryse being a Steamworks game on the PC, we also wanted to take full advantage of Valve’s platform, and are supporting Steam Achievements, Trading Cards, Leaderboards and the Cloud so you can take your save games with you. There is also full support for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One Controllers for Windows, for those of you that enjoy their PC gaming in Steam Big Picture Mode. And as we know that style is important, we have added a few official avatars to the Steam Community that you can use on your profile already.