Starfield May Not Support DLSS at Launch, Here’s Why

Almost everyone in the gaming community is looking forward to Bethesda’s latest release, Starfield. Set to arrive on the 6th of September, Starfield is without a doubt one of the largest AAA titles this year. However, just recently, it has been announced that AMD will act as the exclusive partner for Starfield. In short, Starfield may not support DLSS at launch.

AMD Partners With Bethesda

As per AMD, this partnership will enable Bethesda to better optimize Starfield for Ryzen 7000 CPUs and Radeon RX 7000 GPUs. Similarly, the game will support FSR 2.0 at launch, with no word regarding FSR 3.

We should remind users that FSR 3 and HYPR-RX were formally announced by AMD last year. Furthermore, AMD has just 4 more days to announce HYPR-RX, as it was scheduled to launch in H1 2023.

Starfield Footage | Bethesda

Today, AMD and Bethesda Softworks announced an exclusive partnership bringing powerful optimizations and graphical features to Starfield, the first new universe in twenty-five years from legendary game developers Bethesda Game Studios.

Leading up to the launch of the highly anticipated title on September 6, AMD and Bethesda are working closely together to deliver exceptional performance and stunning visuals to the expansive universe of Starfield on Xbox consoles, as well as on gaming PCs powered by Ryzen 7000 Series processors and Radeon 7000 Series graphics.

In addition, gamers will be able to take advantage of advanced AMD features and technologies that deliver a truly immersive gaming experience, including the advanced cross-platform AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 2 upscaling technology.

To celebrate this partnership, Starfield Executive Game Director, Todd Howard, joined AMD SVP & GM, Computing and Graphics Group, Jack Huynh, in a video showcasing how the partnership will thrill and delight gamers by delivering an immersive, transformational experience in Starfield.


No DLSS Support?

While that is all fine and dandy for AMD users, DLSS, a prominent feature and a key selling point of RTX GPUs may not be supported. The main reason is that AMD-sponsored titles are known not to incorporate third-party upscaling technologies.

As such, the community has shared its opinions regarding the matter. It would be really disappointing if Starfield does not support DLSS or XeSS because DLSS is known to offer superior quality over FSR. Another reason may be that FSR is easier to implement at the software level.

While Bethesda has neither confirmed DLSS support nor denied it, fans have expressed their concerns. DLSS 3.0 combined with Frame Generation would have been a great help to Ada Lovelace users.

In any case, since this is Bethesda we’re talking about, it may be possible to add DLSS support using mods. Until then, we’ll have to wait for an official statement by Bethesda.


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