Starfield Now Supports DLSS 3 Via Controversial DRM-protected Mod


Starfield, the highly anticipated space action RPG, now has a mod that adds DLSS 3 support, improving performance for Nvidia GPU users. AMD has not yet implemented FSR 3 support in Starfield, and it is not certain that it will. The game currently only supports FSR 2. The modder behind the DLSS 3 mod has sparked controversy within the community by choosing to lock the feature behind a paywall on Patreon. However, the paywall has been hacked and DLSS 2 performs just as well as FSR 2. Rolling Gamer Videos Today, Continue with Content Starfield officially releases to the public today (September 6), and modders have added a feature that will benefit a legion of gamers, but there’s a catch. Starfield’s mod supports DLSS 3, meaning Nvidia GPU users can expect higher performance, although AMD and Bethesda have only implemented support for AMD’s own FSR 3 upscaling technology.

Bethesda and AMD have teamed up to bring the latest and greatest graphics technology to Starfield, a space action RPG hailed as the next Skyrim. The game supports AMD FreeSync, FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), and more. FSR 3 is the latest version of an upscaled technology that brings frame generation, similar to Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS 3) technology offered by Nvidia. AMD says that FSR 3 can significantly improve FPS, and in some cases double the frame rate. It’s worth noting that Starfield only supports FSR 2 at launch.

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Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Starfield is a science fiction action role-playing game in which players can interact with multiple factions, participate in battles, customize the protagonist and ship, and explore a world with 100 star systems and 1,000 planets.

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Now, a modder called PureDark has released a mod that adds support for DLSS 3 to Starfield. PureDark had promised to deliver the mod before the game went out of early access, and it managed to deliver. Even though the game is not officially supported, Starfield players can download the mod and run the game on supported Nvidia graphics cards. This mod is available on NexusMods and is currently the most popular mod.

Interestingly, AMD has yet to add support for FSR 3 in Starfield, and it’s unclear if the game will get the new technology. The company mentions that over 300 games will receive FSR 3 support, but the full list has yet to be announced. AMD did mention before that there’s nothing stopping Starfield from getting Nvidia DLSS support, and Bethesda will support the developer if it chooses to do so.

However, this development is not as altruistic as it sounds. While the mod is available for free on NexusMods, the free version only supports DLSS 2, which means AI frames cannot be generated. PureDark decided to lock DLSS 3 support behind a paywall. To access the DLSS 3 mod, users must subscribe to the modder’s Patreon, a move that has been flagged as controversial by the community. However, there are reports that the DLSS 3 mod’s DRM paywall has been cracked. Performance-wise, the report also shows that DLSS 2 performs just as well, if not better than FSR 2.

Starfield is available now on PC and Xbox Series X/S for $70 (Standard Edition). The premium version of the game costs $100. Those looking to upgrade their PC can get a free copy of Starfield if they purchase an eligible AMD CPU or GPU. The promotion is valid until the end of this month.

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