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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: BioWare
Release Date: May 14, 2021

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'Mass Effect Legendary Edition' (ALL) Performance Details, PC System Requirements, Free Bonus Content

by Rainier on May 5, 2021 @ 4:17 p.m. PDT

One person is all that stands between humanity and the greatest threat it’s ever faced. Relive the legend of Commander Shepard in the highly acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition.

One person is all that stands between humanity and the greatest threat it’s ever faced. Relive the legend of Commander Shepard in the highly acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition.

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition features the single-player base content and 40+ downloadable content (DLC) story, weapons and armor packs from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 and will allow players to relive the legend of Commander Shepard in 4K Ultra HD with HDR.

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition will deliver an enhanced visual experience featuring remastered character models and tens of thousands of up-ressed textures. Improvements to shaders and VFX, updated lighting and improved dynamic shadows, volumetrics and depth-of-field add a new level of immersion across the trilogy. Pre-rendered cinematics have also been enhanced to make every story moment feel even more impactful.

The original Mass Effect game features comprehensive world-building enhancements with added detail and depth to locations like Eden Prime, Ilos and Feros that players will explore in their journey across the galaxy. Mass Effect also includes updated interfaces and UI as well as a variety of quality of life improvements. In addition, combat and exploration are modernized through improved aiming, squad controls and behavior, Mako handling and cameras.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition offers a number of options to prioritize visual fidelity and/or framerate, depending on platform.

Players on PC can play up to 240 fps and supporting refresh rates up to 240 Hz. Additionally, players can tweak several graphics options at any time to finetune the preferred balance of graphics and performance.

Console players can toggle between two gameplay modes at any time on all platforms:

  • Favor Quality prioritizes achieving the highest visual fidelity possible in exchange for a lower target framerate.
  • Favor Framerate prioritizes the highest framerate possible by scaling native resolution and reducing some graphical features.

The target resolution and framerate, as well as the consistency with which those targets are achieved, are highly dependent on the console. Please refer to the table below for more details.

ModePS4PS4 ProPS5Xbox OneXbox One X/Xbox Series SXbox Series X
Favor QualityUp to 30fps @ 1080pUp to 30fps @ 4K UHDUp to 60fps @ 4k UHDUp to 30fps @ 1080pUp to 30fps @ 4K UHDUp to 60fps @ 4k UHD
Favor FramerateUp to 60fps @ 1080pUp to 60fps @ 1440pUp to 60fps @ 1440pUp to 60fps @ 1080pUp to 60fps @ 1440pUp to 120fps @ 1440p

Note: Consistency of target framerate & resolution is dependent on platform. The more powerful the hardware the more consistently you will experience the specified target framerate & resolution.

BioWare put together a web experience allowing players to customize their own Mass Effect Legendary Edition key art. New and veteran Shepards alike can choose their squadmates, morality, and even key location to create their own personalized key art to share with friends or social media, or use the randomizer to create one of the billions of permutations. Images can then be downloaded in several formats, including 4K and slip cover sizing for players who want to personalize their physical copies!

For fans looking for some space-age beats to pilot the Normandy to, BioWare has compiled a lengthy, 88-track soundtrack video with music from all three games in the trilogy, which includes three pieces of custom art made exclusively for the occasion. It also features the song “Resynthesis,” which is new to the Mass Effect Trilogy. Get in the Mass Effect spirit with the greatest hits from the series’ soundtrack.

Finally, BioWare has published a sizable amount of bonus content previously available through the Deluxe Editions of Mass Effect 2 and 3, which fans can now download for free. This content drop contains 88 music tracks from across the trilogy including Resynthesis, 2 digital art books, 2 digital comic books, and a digital lithograph of the Normandy in action. This Bonus Content Download is available here

Mass Effect Legendary Edition PC System Requirements

You'll want to be running 64-bit Windows 10, with either an Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-8350 processor, at least 120 GB of free space, and 8 GB of system memory.

For the best experience an Intel Core i7-7700 or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor and NVIDIA GTX 1070, AMD Radeon Vega 56, or DirectX 11 compatible video card are recommended.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Minimum PC Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-8350
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory 
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7970 / R9280X 
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory 
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 120 GB of free space 
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Recommended PC Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1070, AMD Radeon Vega 56. 
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 120 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

v1.01 Patch details (11.8GB)

  • Improves performance
  • Improves stability and fixes crashes
  • Improvements to Ambient Occlusion (AO)
  • Lighting improvements - both visual and performance-related
  • Miscellaneous content fixes

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition features unified character creation options that persists across all three titles and is complete with an improved and expanded selection of hair, makeup and skin tone options. The iconic Female Shepard default appearance from Mass Effect 3 is now available as the default female Shepard appearance in character creation in all three games, further adding to the unified experience across the trilogy.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC, with forward compatibility and targeted enhancements on Xbox Series X|S and PS5, on May 14, 2021.


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