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|Warcraft HD: The Definitive Experience|

Created by Seaclean
Added Dec. 15, 2016
Updated 3 Feb 18:01 CET
Shader used: ReShade
Preset description:
YOU ARE NOT PREPARED -- to unleash the true potential of Azeroth!
Prepare to experience Azeroth in a whole new light! This is my very first preset that I've uploaded. I've made several others for multiple games, though. Pro-tip: Click on the screenshot an extra time to fully enlarge it to see the details. Time for the details to shine! - With the right amount of depth, sharpening and contrast details will spring to new life while you play. You'll better be able to notice creeks in wood, magic patterns in furniture, flowerbeds in fields and more! Let dynamic lighting do what it was meant to! - Nights are darker now (as one would expect nights to be) without compromising light sources or daytime lighting. This allows for dynamic lights to properly light up surrounding areas, creating an atmospheric and immersive Azeroth for you to adventure in! Remove that dull haze! Thanks to a rework of colors, sweeping landscapes are now clearer than ever, allowing for crisp background details. Please leave any feedback you have in the comments and I'll get back to you when I can. VIDEO: The preset is featured in this video by Sofya Orlena https://youtu.be/rbLamYumVLU INSTALLATION: 1) Download the latest Reshade version from http://www.Reshade.me/ (click link, scroll to bottom, press "Download") 2) Run the application, click "Select Game" then navigate to your WoW directory and click on WoW64.exe. Click the "Direct3D 10+" option then click "Yes" and "OK" (leave every effect on). Close the application. 3) click "Download Preset" on this page, move the downloaded file to your WoW directory and re-name it "SweetFX_Settings_Warcraft_Definitive_Experience.ini" 4) Start up WoW as you usually would. Once in game press Shift+F2, click "Continue" then select "SweetFX_Settings_Warcraft_Definitive_Experience.ini" from the drop-down list to enable the preset. NOTE: You can enable/disable the preset by pressing Shift+F2 then head into Settings and configure a key for "Effects Toggle Key". I use the Scroll Lock key. UNINSTALL: Navigate to your WoW folder. Remove these files: - reshade-shaders (folder) - dxgi.ini - dxgi.dll - SweetFX_Settings_Warcraft_Definitive_Experience.ini - dxgi.log Bonus: Some screenshots are taken with an effect enabled called MXAO. It adds additional depth similiar to HBAO+ and is disabled by default. It's enabled by pressing Shift+F2 and clicking on "MXAO". However, this effect is experimental and will occasionally flicker on and off and cost you an additional 5-7 FPS. Additionally, it's also possible to enable a Depth of Field effect (shown in two screenshots) but this is not enabled by default either. LIMITATIONS/WEAKNESSES: a) There's an FPS hit reported anywhere from 9 to >50. I can't tell you what the exact cost would be on your system since it depends on multiple factors like your hardware, in-game settings and player/effects density. However, you can instantly disable the preset with the press of a button and regain the vanilla look (and FPS) if you feel the FPS hit is too much at a particular place/time. b) The application cannot differentiate between user interface and game-world. This means that text, interface-art and menus will be impacted by the color changes. c) The style itself of the preset works better under some conditions and areas than others. Some people will dislike the color alterations or the amount of contrast and black/white levels applied. Others may like it. Such are tastes and my work obviously caters to my own, first and foremost.
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Comments

Songcaster
10 Jan 05:21 CET

As of 01/06/2023, this is working great in WoW Dragonflight. Was flying out of my garrison in Draenor, and this adds a very noticeable detail level to everything. Even to the sky, as well as the clouds. Well done

Seaclean
1 Nov 13:45 CET

Hey Rich. Sounds odd. Mine is working just fine and has been throughout the years. I run the game in DX12 (with ray tracing even) and the reshade works just fine.

Tell you what, though. I'll upload my own version (with some enhancements made since the official upload, imo).

Quick install:
1. Download this rar file https://workupload.com/file/93pcJJTXdaT
2. Extract all the content to the World of Warcraft > _retail_ folder
3. Run the game and see it works

Tips: Use these advanced in-game settings: Contrast 23, Brightness 60, Gamma 1.2 for best results.

Troubleshooting: To open the Reshade menu in-game I use the Home button. You can try and locate (and apply) the Reshade filter from there.
You can also try and open "Reshade.ini" located in the _retail_ folder and then
locate the following line: "CurrentPresetPath=D:\Games\World of Warcraft\_retail_\SweetFX_Settings_Warcraft_Definitive_Experience.ini.txt" and replace the directory with wherever your _retail_ folder resides.

I hope the above helps.
My Reshade is designed to work with DX12, 64bit and I can confirm it works with the newest SL-prepatch installed.

Rich
15 Oct 04:50 CEST

Disregard my comment from 22nd july 2020. The issue was not with Reshade/SweetFX but with WOW itself (Nvidia users were affected) -
however, as of today 14 october 2020 (SL prepatch) it is not working at all. Reshade is not detected in the game (not launching whatsoever). I have tried to reinstall with 3.0.8 (original for this) or 4.7.0 (latest) but no differences.

I am NOT running WOW in DX12 and also, there is no .exe for 64 bit (there are 2 in total, Wow.exe and World of Warcraft Launcher.exe - Neither works)

Any ideas? I've played Wow with this Reshade preset since 2017 and honestly, with ReShade/SweetFX disabled, the game just looks like shit. This is a must-have.

Rich
22 Jul 22:24 CEST

I love this preset, but with todays update to wow (pre-loading Shadowlands content) it has stopped working properly.
Common freezes that last up to 10 seconds, as well as getting error msg "Graphic driver stopped responding and has been restored.
Graphic routine NVIDIA windows kernel mode driver, version 399,07 stopped responding and has been restored"

So what now? Updating reshade/sweetfx will stop this preset from working I assume?

Toax
29 Aug 09:28 CEST

will the shader support directx12 one day?

Jasmer
9 Oct 21:19 CEST

@Velldanas you could probably manually copy the setting parameters for each shader. I've done that with a few newer presets I like and they still look nice.

Seaclean
21 Aug 19:32 CEST

@Fujiroko:
I'm not sure what the issue is here. I've also had random crashes with dxgi.dll but mostly mine works fine. :/

Fujiroko
13 Jul 06:25 CEST

for some reason dxgi.dll make my WOW crash if i remove it WOW is working again for some reason every reshade make my WOW crash because of this file dxgi.dll someone know why ?

Velldanas
5 Feb 03:36 CET

Too sad but this not work with Vanilla..

Nux
9 Jan 23:54 CET

I don't get why it doesnt work for me, I have been using sweetfx for a long time in several games, but wow crashes at start, doesn't want to start or, nothing happened in game, no changes, nothig...
Why ? :/ also, with yours, it crashes at start

Seaclean
15 Dec 13:46 CET

*scroll lock, not screen lock :p

Seaclean
15 Dec 13:41 CET

Forgot to mention: Expect an FPS hit between 15-25. I'm running max settings all across with CMAA @1440p and this preset enabled and as you can see from the screenshots, I typically have between 30-50 FPS. You can turn off the preset in-game by pressing the Screen Lock button (next to Print screen)

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