Starfield is now in early access and a lot of players are complaining about the game's performance on PC. Bethesda has not yet confirmed if Nvidia's DLSS upscaling technology will be supported in the space RPG in the future.
Over the weekend, social media was buzzing with complaints from PC gamers that the performance of Starfield on mid-level gaming rigs is rubbish. Players rocking the Nvidia RTX 3060 have reported that the game does not reach 60 FPS even on low settings at 1080p resolution. This is significant considering that the 3060 is one of the most used GPUs by Steam players.
Fortunately, a Starfield mod has been developed to add Nvidia DLSS support. The mod was released less than 24 hours after Bethesda's newest RPG hit early access on September 1. The 'Starfield Upscaler - Replacing FSR2 With DLSS or XeSS' mod is now available for download on NexusMods. As you can tell from the title, the mod replaces the current FSR2/XeSS upscaler feature with Nvidia's DLSS.
However, the performance gain using the new mod will largely depend on the GPU on your gaming rig. If you don't see a significant performance gain using the mod, it may be time to consider an upgrade either to your CPU or GPU.
The recommended specs for Starfield are:
- OS: Windows 10/11 with updates
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, Intel i5-10600K
- Memory: 16 GB RAM
- Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
- DirectX: Version 12
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
- Storage: 125 GB available space
- Additional Notes: SSD Required(Solid-state Drive)
If your PC doesn't meet the recommended specs, expect that Starfield will run smoothly at low to medium settings on 1080p. The game is very demanding on the GPU side and most mid-tier cards from the last few years, even the current 4060Ti, struggle to run the game consistently at 60 FPS on higher settings.
Bethesda announced that it is partnering exclusively with AMD on Starfield. Many gamers assumed that AMD would block the use of Nvidia's DLSS upscaling tech in the game. However, AMD clarified that it did not prohibit Bethesda from adding DLSS support to Starfield. The company only wanted the studio to prioritize the use of FSR with the partnership.
Bethesda still hasn't made an official stand on DLSS support for Starfield. With a majority of Steam players using Nvidia cards, it will be in the studio's best interest to develop official support for Nvidia's upscaling tech. For now, we can only hope that the modding community will add better DLSS support mods as the game will fully release in just a few days.
Starfield is currently on early access and will have its full release on September 6 for PC and Xbox Series X/S.