Nvidia introduces DLSS 3, the new version of its impressive upscaling technology

Claimed DLSS 3 performance boost in Cyberpunk 2077.
Claimed DLSS 3 performance boost in Cyberpunk 2077. | Picture: Nvidia

At today’s launch of its RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 cards, Nvidia previewed the next version of its Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) scaling technology. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang says DLSS 3 can increase performance four times over just rendering at native resolution. Nvidia says more than 35 games and apps already feature the technology, with the first games slated to launch in October.

During a demonstration, Nvidia showed how DLSS 3 was able to increase the framerate of Cyberpunk 2077 from less than 30 fps to around 100 fps. With its older DLSS 2 technology, performance has only been increased to around 60 frames per second. In a second proof, Microsoft Flight Simulator saw its footage jump from the mid-50s to over 100fps with DLSS 3. However, the exact graphics settings or resolutions for these demos were not detailed.

DLSS is designed to extract more performance from games when played with Nvidia graphics cards. The result is higher frame rates at the same resolution or the appearance of higher resolutions without sacrificing performance. DLSS works by running games at a lower resolution internally before using machine learning techniques to scale them to higher resolutions. So, for example, a game might appear to be running at 4K when internally it only runs at 1080p – a much less demanding resolution.

In addition to boosting GPU-limited titles, Nvidia claims that DLSS 3 can also help in CPU-limited games, boosting performance by up to 100%. It also incorporates support for Nvidia Reflex to reduce latency and improve responsiveness and is capable of generating entirely new frames rather than new pixels (thanks to Optical Multi Frame Generation). In total, Nvidia claims that DLSS can render up to seven-eighths of a game’s pixels, which dramatically improves performance.

Along with its frame rate improvements, Nvidia says DLSS 3 should get better image quality. DLSS 3’s Optical Flow Accelerator feature is able to track objects in scenes rather than just pixels, which means it should have a better understanding of graphical elements such as shadows, reducing stuttering .

A slide showing DLSS 3 as a 3rd Gen RTX feature.
Picture: Nvidia
A slide showing DLSS 3 as a third-gen RTX feature.

In a slide, Nvidia listed DLSS 3 as a third-gen RTX feature, suggesting you’ll need Nvidia’s third-gen RTX hardware to take full advantage of the updated graphics technology (we’ve contacted the company to confirm) . “DLSS 3 is supported in GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs and will debut on Wednesday, October 12, with the availability of GeForce RTX 4090 GPUs,” Nvidia’s press release reads.

Nvidia was the first major player to deploy AI scaling technology; Competitor AMD then rolled out its own version, called FidelityFX Super Resolution, for its graphics cards. Meanwhile, Intel’s Xe Super Sampling (XeSS) will aim to deliver similar benefits for its GPUs, and early results have been positive. The competition is heating up, and Nvidia is no doubt hoping that DLSS 3 will give gamers another reason to choose their hardware.

Here’s the full list of games and apps that Nvidia says will support DLSS 3.

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • atomic heart
  • Dark Myth: Wukong
  • Light Memory: Infinite
  • Chernobylite
  • Conqueror’s Blade
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dakar Rally
  • Deliver us Mars
  • Destroy all humans! 2 – Reproved
  • Dying Light 2 Stay Human
  • F1® 22
  • FIST: Forged in the Shadow Torch
  • frostbite engine
  • HITMAN 3
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2
  • Justice
  • Loopmancer
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • Marauders
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Midnight Ghost Hunt
  • Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  • Naraka Bladepoint
  • NVIDIA Omniverse™
  • NVIDIA Racer RTX
  • Portal with RTX
  • To tear out
  • STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl
  • ping
  • Sword and Fairy 7
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Tower of Fantasy
  • Unity
  • Unreal engine 4 and 5

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