Diablo 3 secretly got DirectX 11 support and it looks gorgeous

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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.

For a side-by-side comparison, check out two comparisons posted on Imgsli with a character in town, and in a combat zone.


In town: Bastion’s Keep Stronghold (DX11 PTR)

Diablo 3 SSAO 2.4.3 PTR


In town: Bastion’s Keep Stronghold (DX9 Pre–2.4.3)

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Zoomed in town (DX11 PTR)

Diablo 3 SSAO 2.4.3 PTR


Zoomed in town (DX9 Pre–2.4.3)

Diablo 3


In zone (DX11 PTR)

Diablo 3 SSAO 2.4.3 PTR


In zone (DX9 Pre–2.4.3)

Diablo 3


In combat (DX11 PTR)

Diablo 3 SSAO 2.4.3 PTR


In combat (DX9 Pre–2.4.3)

Diablo 3


New Diablo 3 graphics options

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Video comparing Diablo 3 “Live” to Diablo 3 PTR


Now read: Diablo 3 gets a new class in Rise of the Necromancer

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