Diablo 3 Beta Graphics Guide
That Barbarian must be a vampire, because he’s not casting a shadow. This is what Diablo 3 looks like with Shadow Quality set to “Off.”
Here you can see the “Medium” Shadow Quality setting. There’s a discernable shadow underneath the Barbarian’s legs, but it looks like an amorphous blob.
That’s better. The “High” setting provides everything you’d ever want in a shadow: sharpness and blackness.
Only two settings here, but you can spot a clear different if you have sharp eyes. Pay attention to the difference in the guard’s armor between this shot (“Medium” Texture Quality)
And this one (“High”)
See how much sharper that chest-piece looks! Fancy textures FTW!
In these shots, I attempted to capture three different strata of Diablo 3 graphics. The first two pictures show the game at its lowest possible resolution (1024×768), with all the settings turned down as low as they can go. As you can see, thanks to Blizzard’s thoughtfulness, the game still doesn’t look half bad. The second pair of pictures is at medium resolution, with medium settings, looking quite presentable. The final two are at max resolution with all the settings turned all the way up.
Hope this sheds some light on Diablo 3′s graphics settings and makes it easier to plan potential upgrades. Check out rest of our Diablo 3 coverage — The Top 5 Biggest Changes, a Story Update, and screenshot galleries for the Monk, Demon Hunter, Wizard, Barbarian, and Witch Doctor.