The launch of EA’s Dragon Age II is less than 24 hours old and already the first patch has been released, at least for high powered PC gamers who want extra eye candy not currently available in the RPG.
For one reason or another EA & Bioware decided against including high resolution textures in the public release of the PC version of Dragon Age II, instead, opting to release the option as a separate pack for those who have systems capable enough to properly support it.
The HR Texture pack will add the option to enable higher detail replacements for most textures in game. A big difference will be noticed on level art especially.
Using high-resolution textures requires a graphics card with at least 1024MB video memory.
Most of the benefits from the Hi-resolution textures will only be seen if you are able to run the game in DirectX 11.
To manually download your new content on the PC:
1. Download the installer from the link below and run it.
2. Run Dragon Age II.
3. Open the Options menu.
4. Select Video options.
5. Check the “Hi-resolution textures” checkbox.
Note: In order to enable the “Very High” setting you will need a video card that supports DX11 and the latest drivers.
The total file size is 1.08GB and can be downloaded directly from the BioWare website here
[Update]: We have received reports that users with the High Resolution Texture Pack and NVIDIA based graphics cards normally capable of support high resolution and textured graphics, may find significantly lowered frame rates with the current NVIDIA WHQL drivers. It is recommended that users with such a configuration download the latest NVIDIA BETA v267.24 drivers which support Dragon Age II. BETA drivers can be downloaded here – http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7-winvista-64bit-267.24-beta-driver.html