Thanks to an upcoming patch hitting Steam beta next week, Starfield will soon be getting a cosmic boost that will finally include long-awaited official support for Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology.
In a new post on X/Twitter, Bethesda Game Studios confirmed that the studio has been hard at work on post-launch updates for Starfield. The next version will be released as a beta, available exclusively to Steam users, before becoming available to all PC gamers in addition to Xbox Series X/S users.
We worked hard on it @StarfieldGame Updates and we’ll be putting our next one into Steam beta next week.
This update brings Nvidia DLSS support with frame generation, display and HDR control for supported systems, as well as other optimizations and improvements. You will be…
— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) November 1, 2023
Bethesda confirmed that in addition to HDR controls, this next update will finally introduce official support for Nvidia DLSS as well as a few other optimizations and improvements. The biggest feature introduced in this update is of course the inclusion of DLSS. In a separate post, Bethesda also announced that support for FidelityFX Super Resolution 3 will be added in a future update.
While Bethesda remained tight-lipped about whether or not Starfield would support DLSS at launch after it was revealed that AMD was the “exclusive PC partner for Starfield.” The rumors and speculations later proved to be true as Starfield only supported two upscaling options: FSR 2 and FidelityFX Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS).
DLSS was one of Starfield’s most requested features
DLSS quickly became one of, if not the most requested feature on the PC. Although modders were quick to add DLSS to Starfield, one modder received backlash after it was revealed that he had launched a more advanced Starfield DLSS 3 mod via paywall, accessible to those who pay $5 per month to their Patreon.
Shortly after Starfield’s release, Bethesda announced that it would officially add DLSS support, although the studio has not yet stated whether or not it will integrate DLSS 2 or DLSS 3 into Starfield. If the latter is the case, it will be rather limiting since DLSS 3 is only available for the GeForce RTX 40 series graphics cards.
Despite the lack of official DLSS support, Starfield was a huge success for Bethesda. It reached 10 million players in just three weeks, making it the largest launch in Bethesda Game Studios history. Starfield likely played a big role in Microsoft’s Q1 2024 revenue, as it was revealed last week that Xbox content and services saw a 13% quarter-over-quarter increase in revenue.
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