Subscribe To Check Out The First Gameplay Of Mass Effect: Andromeda Updates

Electronic Arts had some of the first gameplay of Mass Effect: Andromeda debut during Sony's PlayStation Meeting today, giving gamers three whole minutes worth of gameplay to soak in well ahead of the game's 2017 release on the PC, PlayStation and Xbox platforms.

The video first aired during the PlayStation Meeting but it's currently available for viewing on the Mass Effect YouTube channel. It's repeated throughout the video that the footage of Mass Effect: Andromeda is from a pre-alpha version of the game.

It's also repeatedly mentioned that the game is running in 4K on a PlayStation 4 Pro (though since the footage was obviously captured before the announcement, it's referred to as the PlayStation 4 Neo in the video).

If you have a 4K compatible monitor you can view the footage in native 4K resolution, which is usually set at a resolution of 3840 × 2160, the equivalent of processing 8.2 million pixels per second.

The video of Mass Effect: Andromeda involves the protagonist roaming around inside of a dark, spacious cavern. There are alien instruments about, sprinkling high-tech equipment within a primitive cave's structural design.

There are some claims that they're bringing some features to platforms that haven't "been possible" in the past, but HDR lighting has been around for a while, along with 4K resolution on PC gaming. In fact, Crysis from a decade ago supported high-dynamic range settings for brightness, contrast and color grade settings before it became a buzzword for today's market. Even more than that, 4K gaming for ultra-HD textures and tessellation rendering has also been a thing for years. More recently games like Tomb Raider and Dishonored on PC have allowed PC gamers to experience the sort of things that are discussed in the video above.

The actual gameplay for Mass Effect: Andromeda is limited mostly to just walking and looking around the area known as "The Vault". There is some platforming and a showcase of the jetpack in action, but we don't get to see much more than that.

The clip ends with a cut-scene of the crew having to escape the Vault as an explosion chases close behind them.

There are a lot of technophiles in the comment section who don't seem too impressed with what was talked about in the trailer, and rightfully so. Tech-wise, Sony seems to be boasting about 4K gaming on a $400 PS4 Pro when even the GTX 1080 struggles with high-end AAA games running at 4K and that's a $700 GPU. Yes, the GTX 1080 can easily run games like Mortal Kombat X or Street Fighter V at up to 120fps at 4K, but fighting games on a 2D plane are way different than an open-space 3D platformer, adventure game, RPG or open-world title.

Once games start releasing and Digital Foundry starts benchmarking and FPS testing PS4 Pro games we'll be able to find out just how well they actually run and at what native resolutions they're actually running. Mass Effect: Andromeda is due out next year for the PS4, PS4 Pro, PC and Xbox One.

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