When Blizzard rolled out a new version of Diablo 3 to its public test realm (PTR), it snuck in several graphics upgrades with the gameplay changes it announced.
Where previously there was just a checkbox to enable anti-aliasing, there is now a dropdown, as well as a box to enable SSAO, or screen space ambient occlusion.
With the new graphical options cranked to maximum, there is a marked difference. Everything looks crisper.
A comparison makes non-PTR Diablo 3 look downright blurry. Click on the images below to enlarge them.
In town: Bastion’s Keep Stronghold (DX11 PTR)
In town: Bastion’s Keep Stronghold (DX9 Pre–2.4.3)
Zoomed in town (DX11 PTR)
Zoomed in town (DX9 Pre–2.4.3)
In zone (DX11 PTR)
In zone (DX9 Pre–2.4.3)
In combat (DX11 PTR)
In combat (DX9 Pre–2.4.3)
New Diablo 3 graphics options
Video comparing Diablo 3 “Live” to Diablo 3 PTR