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Starcraft 2: How to activate Anti Aliasing on Geforces - no option on Radeons

In Blizzard's Starcraft 2 has no option to enable Anti Aliasing, but Nvidia allows to force AA by the driver control panel - PC Games Hardware explains how to do it. Radeon graphics cards lack of AA, so we asked Ati for a statement.
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Anti Aliasing in Starcraft 2
Anti Aliasing in Starcraft 2 [Source: view picture gallery]
Today, Blizzard finally released Starcaft 2. Just as in the beta too, the game does not feature Anti Aliasing - Blizzard probably will roll out an upcoming patch with Anti Aliasing support. Of course it is not the IHVs job to bring Anti Aliasing in the game, it is Blizzard's job. Especially because Starcraft 2 is a PC-only game, so we expect that there is a option for Anti Aliasing.

But if you are an owner of a Nvidia Geforce card, you can simply use the override option in the Nvidia Driver Control Panel and activate Anti Aliasing - not only Multisampling, even Supersampling for stunning full screen Anti Aliasing. So open the Control Panel, choose "Manage 3D setting" and "Antialiasing - Mode". Now tick off "Override any application setting" and force your favorite Anti Aliasing level in "Antialiasing - Setting". If you now play Starcaft 2, you get smoothed out edges and in case of using Transparency Supersampling also smoothed Alpha-Test-Textures e.g. used for the vegetation or fences.

We asked Ati why they did not feature Anti Aliasing in Starcraft 2, here is the official statement:
AMD constantly strives to deliver great gaming experiences for our customers and the upcoming launch of Starcraft II is no exception. Blizzard's focus on incredible game play for all, means that gamers using ATI Radeon™ products can enjoy smooth HD gameplay and industry leading image quality with our current generation of ATI Radeon products as well as many of our past generation cards.

In discussions during the development of StarCraft II, Blizzard indicated that they would not initially include options to set levels of in-game anti-aliasing ("AA”). This meant that support for AA within StarCraft II would only be made possible by including it in the driver, an approach that could significantly impact performance. Some third party reviews of the Starcraft II beta echo our concerns that AA can cause gameplay impairment. In these reviews, the third parties found that 4x AA led to a reduction in fps rendering at lower screen resolutions, which only became more noticeable at larger resolutions. After evaluating our options, our engineering team opted not to provide AA support for StarCraft II within the Catalyst Control Center, even though the competition has included AA support in their driver at launch.

We are committed to making AA perform at an acceptable level before we release it to our customers. We will continue to work with Blizzard on this matter and hope to offer our customers an acceptable AA solution at a later date.

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Author: Marc Sauter (Jul 27, 2010)


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Shieftain Re: Starcraft 2: How to activate Anti Aliasing on Geforces - no option on Radeons
Junior Member
03.08.2010 18:46
Quote: (Originally Posted by Unregistered)
Sure it does or we would still be playing Pong in black and white roflz. Sorry it seems u r blind but enjoy your ugly SC2 at low settings 640x480 and no AA.

Psh, Pong. It's all about Asteroids! Also, Tetris.

And I'm actually playing SC2 maxed out at 1080p, no AA. Not that big of a diff considering my monitor's 22". And I'm not blind. I still have 20/20 vision, so yeah, **** on that. ^_^
connos Re: Starcraft 2: How to activate Anti Aliasing on Geforces - no option on Radeons
Senior Member
01.08.2010 19:48
Quote: (Originally Posted by Unregistered)
So i guess now u will look over your brothers shoulder and suddenly think AA is the greatest thing since sliced bread right?

You should see right away how AA help with edge shimmer on ATI card with no AA so please don't tell us there is no difference when anyone with a pair of good eyes can see big diffrence.

Its not so noticeable is what I simply said.
connos Re: Starcraft 2: How to activate Anti Aliasing on Geforces - no option on Radeons
Senior Member
31.07.2010 18:23
Quote: (Originally Posted by Unregistered)
Ya you already said that but unfortunately i don't belief u did see it bc when u are actually playing the game no AA means the edges SHIMMER when u move. So either u haven't seen it or you don't know how AA can help a game like this.

I know more than you think. ATI hotfix released. AA on Starcraft with ATI now is possible

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