Nvidia has announced DLSS 3 – it’s the next generation of Deep Learning Super Sampling technology that uses machine learning to enhance games, bringing huge performance improvements with minimal impact on graphics quality.
In the past, we’ve been really impressed with how DLSS has allowed games to perform even better, especially when using intensive graphics effects like ray tracing, so this new version is very exciting.
It looks like DLSS 3 will be exclusive to the new GPUs Nvidia has also just announced: the RTX 4090 and two variants of the RTX 4080.
According to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, DLSS 3 can increase performance by up to four times compared to running a game at native resolution.
Nvidia has shown off some of the expected improvements that will come with DLSS 3, with graphically intensive Cyberpunk 2077 going from 30fps to around 100fps. With DLSS 2, it only reached 60fps with the same settings.
Microsoft Flight Simulator was also boosted by DLSS 3, in footage shown by Nvidia, with the intensive flight simulator’s frame rate going from around 50fps to over 100fps.
While Nvidia has been cautious about what kind of settings and hardware was used, the potential here is huge, especially considering how impressive previous versions of DLSS were.
Behind the scenes
According to Nvidia, DLSS 3 uses technology, including Optical Multi Frame Generation, which not only renders new pixels, but can intelligently add new frames, helping to increase performance and responsiveness – and can now help with CPU-limited gaming, where the processor in a gaming laptop or desktop is holding back the games.
Meanwhile, Optical Flow Accelerator in DLSS 3 can reduce stutter when tracking objects in scenes (not just pixels).
Nvidia says that more than 35 games and apps will make use of DLSS 3 when the first RTX 40 series cards launch later this year, and it provided a list of confirmed DLSS 3 titles:
- A Plague Tale: Requiem
- atomic heart
- Black Myth: Wukong
- Brilliant memory: infinite
- Conqueror’s Blade
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Dakar Rally
- deliver us mars
- Destroy all humans! 2 – Failed
- Dying Light 2 Stay Human
- F1® 22
- HANDLE: Forged in the Torch of Shadows
- Frostbite engine
- HITMAN 3
- Hogwarts legacy
- Jurassic World Evolution 2
- Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Midnight Ghost Hunt
- Mount & Blade II: Lord of the Flag
- Naraka Bladepoint
- NVIDIA Omniverse™
- NVIDIA Racer RTX
- Portal with RTX
- rip out
- STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl
- Sword and Fairy 7
- The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- THRONE AND FREEDOM
- fantasy tower
- Unreal Engine 4 and 5