DLSS is a unique feature of state-of-the-art Nvidia video cards, which uses deep learning to render state-of-the-art graphics and deliver frame-free performance per second, requiring less of your PC’s hardware. Understand how DLSS works and learn about 5 games that use the feature.
What is DLSS?
DLSS is the acronym for Deep Learning Super Sampling. It is a proprietary upscaling technology from Nvidia, used by its latest video cards, that raises the resolution of a source (in this case, a game) in real time, using deep learning, a machine learning technique that smodels multiple data sources with multiple layers of processing.
In the first generation (DLSS 1.0), the technology was aimed at seeking a balance between better images and more frames per second, focusing primarily on performance. This was achieved through an image reconstruction technique, which simulates a frame using fewer pixels.
In the original model, the neural network is trained to recognize a scene from a game, and then the same scene is rendered with fewer pixels. The software then has the task of reconstructing the image using what it has learned, so as to save processing power. It was introduced in conjunction with ray tracing, which aims to deliver realistic light, shadow and reflex effects in games.
In contrast, DLSS 1.0 was limited to a few titles, which should be trained by the software individually in advance, for the feature to work.
Starting with DLSS 2.0, Nvidia employed a technique that uses the Tensor Core cores of RTX cards more efficiently, ensuring not only a higher frame rate, but the same image quality as it would be possible to deliver if a frame were actually rendered pixel by pixel, and using fewer features than DLSS 1.0
Finally, DLSS 2.0 uses a more generalist neural network, which does not require intensive prior training and because of this, is a technique that is now compatible with more games.
5 DLSS-compatible games
Check out the following 5 PC games, among the most popular, that support DLSS:
1. Crysis Remastered
Crysis Remastered is the reimagined version of the classic developer Crytek, whose original version yielded memes for years thanks to its unsound hardware requirements. In the PC version, the title has support for ray tracing and DLSS 2.0 on high-end Nvidia cards, presenting results equivalent to native resolutions, even in 4K.
The final quality of the graphics using the feature is as good as using actual rendering, with the advantage of requiring less gpu.
The most popular Battle Royale of the moment also received support for DLSS 2.0 and ray tracing in 2020, much to the happiness of those who play on next-generation PCs with RTX cards. Although the game has more cartoongraphics, it is possible to notice that the fluidity in the action remains the same, with or without super sampling.
3. Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077, the latest game from CD Projekt Red, also supports DLSS 2.0 and ray tracing on the next-generation Nvidia GPU. Although it has suffered from numerous problems since launch, the title is one of those that features the best realistic light and shadow effects.
Combined with the effects of ray tracing, DLSS 2.0 maintains graphics quality and lossless frame rate, even at higher resolutions, without performance compromise, in addition to known problems.
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
Activision’s annual FPS franchise was another flagship of DLSS 2.0 in conjunction with ray tracing, introducing the technology in Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War. The game, which brings combat between American and Soviet forces during the 1980s, features cutting-edge graphics thanks to Nvidia RTX GPUs.
The result of DLSS 2.0 in graphics quality owes nothing to native rendering, with the advantage of consuming fewer resources.
Control is another game that makes beautiful on PC, thanks to DLSS 2.0 and ray tracing. The title features FBC director Jesse Faden against a mysterious entity called Hiss, on an adventure of paranormal investigation and psychic powers.
Control’s unique gameplay makes great use of nvidia’s cutting-edge GPUs features, which deliver lush graphics with less hardware demand.
With information: Nvidia.