The Order 1886 Dev Explains How They Used 4xMSAA On PS4; Comparison Between No AA vs. 4xMSAA On PS4

The Order 1886 is, without a doubt, the most visually impressive game on any platform, including PC. It doesn’t reach this visual fidelity without a few sacrifices though, as the game is very short and linear in term of exploration.

Ready at Dawn has utilized some great post-processing effects and decided to go with a 1980×800 render setup for cinematic aspect ratio. This gave them the overhead to go with an anti-aliasing solution using Forward+ renderer that can be basically estimated to be the computationally expensive 4xMSAA, which is mighty impressive for a current generation game with such gorgeous graphics.

Ready at Dawn recently shared their tech with the world at Siggraph 2015 and we can see some interesting screenshots revealing how the game would have looked without its post-processing effects.

It is explained that The Order 1886 uses EQAA to reduce aliasing, which is basically an AA solution for AMD GPUs (as used in PS4) and an alternative to MSAA. Ready at Dawn opted for 2 color fragments with 4 coverage samples for the EQAA, putting the quality of AA somewhere between 2x MSAA to 4x MSAA.


To further increase the image stability, Ready at Dawn wrote their own custom resolve shader which used a wider, higher-order reconstruction filter.

The final pass is a standard temporal aliasing component that is combined with the resolve pass. This is done to reduce shader aliasing in the game.

The end result is an IQ that lacks any visible jaggies and looks to be the perfect fit for the physical based rendering setup of The Order 1886.

Comparison with no AA (anti-aliasing) and 4xMSAA

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Here is another technique utilized by Ready at Dawn to improve the shadow quality in the game. As explained by the devs, they chose to execute this technique on the PS4 CPU and had plans to implement it on the GPU, but time constraint restricted them for doing so before the official launch.

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The Order 1886 was released exclusively on the PS4 in February 2015. It was developed by Ready at Dawn, who used their own custom in-house engine for the game.

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  • Venom Snake

    Still the worst game of 2015 imo, I’m ready to not play any game made by RAD ever again.

  • tubers

    Comparisons are too small. Thanks for sharing tho.

  • LarZen

    I have a 2000$ ish PC and have not seen a game with the cinematic quality this game have. Some dedicated PC gamer’s laugh at that and each time I ask them to tell me what game has and I never get a reply. Will I today?

  • Nick

    I love how PC people trash this games graphics, It looks better than 95 Percent of Any PC Game. But they say Consoles aren’t good enough for gaming, and PC people are never wrong, They are all perfect like their PCs.

  • Jordan Hawes

    I wish they would have disabled all that and made an actual game… Because the story was good, but the gameplay sucked ass…

  • Failz

    If it was released on PC would have doubled the MASS and ran at 4k. It didn’t and that’s where it ends. The game is still restricted to console hardware. The game is also very linear which makes it less impressive. If they can achieve these visuals in an openworld environment then that would be impressive.

    • BananaSpotted_

      Console hardware is the reason we have had great games as of late. Due to the limitations developers have had to work harder. Which in the end promoted quality. Less work generally means less quality dependent upon the situation. Thus why pc gaming was stale until consoles bolstered the gaming community into the main stream. It is only in the past 2 or 3 years from what I can tell that PC gaming is even relevant in the gaming community and I am a pc gamer myself.

    • 1-800-Hisoka

      only to have people pirate it.

  • jacksjus

    Yeah the visuals in this game were undeniably the best ever. It’s unfortunate the gameplay didn’t meet the quality of the visuals. Hopefully they listened well and implement more ideas with the sequel.