If I told you that its been almost 4 years since NVIDIA released Deep Learning Super Sampling and the handful of games we had back then is now at 250. Given that we’ve hit some global roadblocks these last 2 years, its amazing the amount of growth we’ve seen in the gaming space. Still, games take time to develop and we’ve seen what a polished game can really bring to the table. Cyberpunk 2077 is going to go down in history as one of the memorable games ever made. But that’s not just because it had the helping of an excellent anime from Netflix but the graphical engine powering it. Cyberpunk 2077 is the gaming industry’s playground when it comes to these upcoming technologies and nobody did it as bold as NVIDIA. When Cyberpunk 2077 launched, it was one of the few games that took advantage of NVIDIA’s full stack of GPU technologies: real-time ray tracing and DLSS.
One-year later and Cyberpunk 2077 is a polished game and also one of the launch titles of NVIDIA’s next-generation of upscaling technology: DLSS 3. The next-stage of upscaling brings with it a new trick NVIDIA’s AI bag with Frame Generation. If you’ve ever seen those videos of 24FPS clips being turned to 60FPS clips, then in most cases you’ll be familiar on what frame interpolation is.
As a gamer, you already know how a smooth framerate can bring and even 60FPS is buttery but the only way to achieve that in games is brute frame-pushing power with a more powerful GPU, right? Hmmm not quite.
ENTER DLSS 3
At the moment, we currently have the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, RTX 4080 and the head of the table: the RTX 4090. All of these cards feature DLSS 3. As announced during launch, NVIDIA’s DLSS 3 technology combines DLSS 2, NVIDIA Reflex and Frame Generation. Skipping the technical details, we have deep-learning upscaling with DLSS 2 to get improved performance, then Frame Generation inserts frames to give us a smoother visual experience and then NVIDIA Reflex to ensure that all our inputs line-up with the game.
For Photoshop and Macromedia Flash (I am that old) pros, you may be aware of a technique called tweening where you give the application Frame 1 and Frame 2 and it inserts frames between them, completing the animation. I kid you not, its that simple. But the illusion of simplicity is only simple because NVIDIA’s new RTX 40-series GPUs come equipped with fixed-function hardware that accelerates the necessary computational tasks that DLSS3 requires: RT cores for ray tracing and Tensor cores for upscaling.
The end-result is a massive boost in frame rates but looking past the numbers, DLSS 3 is just a more visually smoother experience. Of course there’s some buts in there as each game will have varying frame rates but add DLSS 3 to the mix as shown in the video above, then its easy to see why its easier for game developers to improve game performance by integrating DLSS.
Games with DLSS 2023
We occasionally do this updates as a courtesy to our users as well as to developers in getting the word out. Sometimes gamers will never know they own one or two games that they may have skipped because it was unplayable on their graphics card when they bought but now the game may have had a DLSS update and is now more playable.
NVIDIA kicked off 2023 with an update showing us which games and applications support DLSS as well upcoming as well as already released ones receive DLSS3. This brings us to 250 titles with DLSS and it is an extensive list. If you want to scroll for a bit, here’s a list of games with DLSS currently out right now:
Games with DLSS (note: will be in expanding tab, has to be clicked to expand)
This is a very long list.
- A Plague Tale: Requiem
- Alan Wake Remastered
- Amid Evil
- Anatomy of Fear
- Apocalypse: 2.0 Edition
- (NOTE: Actual list goes on, very long…)
List compiled by RockPaperShotgun
Nowadays nearly all AAA release will have some sort of upscaling integrated in it and while I have a bone to pick with developers relying too much on DLSS, it does prove that the technology works and that developers trust DLSS to provide players a decent experience.
New Games with DLSS
Dead Space Remake is Back and Scarier than Ever
I never finished the original Dead Space because it scared the living hell out of me. Returning for a new-generation, the sci-fi horror title is back to scare the living hell out of everyone again with a complete rebuild of the game. The trailer alone shows us the crisp graphics we can expect from the game.
Dead Space arrives with support for DLSS 2, bringing performance improvements across the board. And now we move on to some new DLSS 3 games.
Hitman World of Assassination DLSS 3 Update Now Available
Hitman 3 receives DLSS 3 just in time for the new Hitman World of Assassination which brings the Hitman experience closer to more players. In the demo above, we see Hitman World of Assassination running in 4K where we’re seeing nearly 3x linear scaling in perceptible frame rate with decent visual quality.
Hitman World of Assassination features real-time ray tracing support as well by way of ray-traced shadows and reflections. A demo of Hitman World of Assasination is available on Steam complete with support for all graphical options so you can try the game first or you want to flex your new RTX 40-series cards DLSS 3 muscles first.
Dying Light 2 Gets DLSS 3 Upgrade
Dying Light 2 has been out for a year now and it will soon receive DLSS 3 to bring the action to an even faster pace. RTX 40-series card owners can enjoy 1440p gaming and up with 100+ FPS fidelity giving that fresh GPU vibe when you play Dying Light 2.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns DLSS 3 Upgrade Now Out
Joining the released train of titles with DLSS 3 is Marvel’s Midnight Suns. This Marvel all-star title puts fan favorite Marvel comic characters together against the dark forces of Marvel’s pages. Midnight Suns boasted DLSS3 and ray tracing on launch and is now getting DLSS 3 to further enhance the gaming experience of new card owners.
More titles like Deliver Us Mars receive DLSS 3 and Ray Tracing in more recent updates to the game delivering the full stack experience of NVIDIA’s Ada architecture. PERISH also arrives on the same week with Dakar Desert Rally also receiving its DLSS 3 update that drives performance further.
As of this article, there is exactly 260 game titles and applications that support DLSS from the original batch of games that received further upgrades all the way to today’s just-released titles with DLSS 3. There are also more games coming up featuring DLSS 2 and DLSS 3 so even if you’re on RTX 20, RTX 30 or just upgrade to an RTX 40-series graphics card, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefit of having that slight bump in performance thanks to DLSS.