Starfield mod adds DLSS support boosting PC performance

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Currently in early access, Starfield is receiving a lot of negative feedback from gamers over how poorly it runs on PC.If Nvidia‘s DLSS upscaling technology will be supported in the space RPG in the future, Bethesda has not yet verified this.

The DLSS support mod was released in less than 24 hours since early access started.

Social media was ablaze over the weekend with comments from PC players about how terrible Starfield performs on mid-range gaming systems. Gamers using the powerful NvidiaRTX 3060 have complained that, even at moderate settings, the game does not run at 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution. Considering that the 3060 is among the most popular GPUs among Steam users, this is noteworthy.

Luckily, Nvidia DLSS compatibility has been added to Starfield through a mod. September 1st was the early access date for Bethesda’s next role-playing game; the mod was released less than a day later. Check out NexusMods for the ‘Starfield Upscaler – Replacing FSR2 With DLSS or XeSS’ mod. The mod uses Nvidia’s DLSS in place of the existing FSR2/XeSS upscaler feature, as the title makes clear.

'Starfield Upscaler - Replacing FSR2 With DLSS or XeSS' mod is now available for download on NexusMods.
‘Starfield Upscaler – Replacing FSR2 With DLSS or XeSS’ mod is now available for download on NexusMods.

However, your gaming setup’s GPU will have a major impact on how much performance you get out of the new version. It could be time to think about upgrading your CPU or GPU if you don’t see a noticeable increase in performance after applying the update.

The suggested specifications for Starfield are:

  • OS: Windows 10/11 with updates
  • Processor: AMD“>AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, Intel“>Intel i5-10600K
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 125 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD Required(Solid-state Drive)

If your computer isn’t up to par, Starfield should still operate well at 1080p on low to medium settings. The game is quite demanding on the GPU, and even the current 4060Ti, one of the mid-tier cards from the last few years, struggles to run it consistently at 60 frames per second on top settings.

Bethesda declared that AMDon Starfield is their exclusive partner. A lot of players thought AMD would prevent the game from using Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling technology. AMD made it clear that this did not prevent Bethesda from giving Starfield DLSS support. The studio was only to be given priority in using FSR as part of the relationship by the company.

Bethesda has been mum on the topic of Nvidia DLSS support for Starfield.
Bethesda has been mum on the topic of Nvidia DLSS support for Starfield.

As of now, Bethesda has not taken a formal stance about DLSS backing for Starfield. The studio should create official support for Nvidia’s upscaling technology since the bulk of Steam users use Nvidia GPUs. Because the game will be completely released in a few days, all we can do for now is hope that the modding community can include stronger DLSS support mods.

On September 6, 2023, Starfield—which is presently available for early access—will be fully released on PC and Xbox Series X/S.

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